NASSS Committees (2017-18)

The descriptions are abbreviated. Detailed information is available online in the bylaws and in the  policies and procedures manual . In selecting committee members, each chair seeks to seat a committee that reflects the diversity of NASSS membership, paying attention to numerous factors, such as: subject of expertise, methodological and paradigmatic approach, nationality, race/ethnicity, gender, and organizational seniority.

Information  about the Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) editorial board can be found here.

Organizational Committees

Conference Program Committee

The Conference Program Committee & Chair generates program session topics, approaches individuals about organizing sessions, works toward finalizing a list of keynotes to be approached, and finalizes the general overview for the conference (number of paper sessions, panels, author-meets-critics).

Chair: Akilah Carter-Francique, Prairie View A&M, President-Elect


Adam Beissel, Miami (OH)
Algerian Hart(DCCC Chair), Western Illinois University

Charles Crowley, California University of PA
Cheryl MacDonald, University of Alberta
Danika Kelly, University of Calgary
Dawn Norwood, Wingate University
Jasmine Hamilton, Prairie View A&M
Jeffrey Montez de Orca, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs
Michelle Richardson, The Citadel
Robert Lake, Douglas College
Steve Marston, Franklin & Marshall College
William Bridel(Steering Committee Chair), University of Calgary
Joshua Newman (President), Florida State University

Finance Committee

Chair: Brenda Riemer, Treasurer

This three-person committee shall aid in the construction of a proposed budget in co-operation with the Treasurer, evaluate all existing fiscal policies of the Society, recommend changes to the Board of Directors, and appoint an auditor and report the results to the Board of Directors.

Chair: Brenda Riemer, Eastern Michigan University
Erica Zonder, Eastern Michigan University
Brian Gearity, University of Denver
Ellen Staurousky, Drexel University
Ad Hoc:
Lee Vander Velden (retired)
Maureen Smith, Cal State, Sacramento

Diversity & Conference Climate Committee


The Diversity and Conference Climate Committee will coordinate with the NASSS Board of Directors to ensure diverse membership and conference programming, to enhance the intellectual vibrancy of the organization and conference program, and to schedule activities that facilitate a positive conference climate for all attendees. This committee also solicits, judges, and selects the Graduate Diversity Scholarship Award. The purpose of the scholarship is to create a mechanism to identify racial and/or ethnic "minority" graduate students who are doing research in the area of sport sociology and to provide a means of supporting their work and association with NASSS. The DCCC judges applications for this award between mid July and September.

Chair: Algerian Hart, Western Illinois University
Emmitt Gill, The University of Texas
Erica Zonder, Eastern Michigan University
Lisa Alexander, Wayne State University
Charles Crowley, California University of PA
Courtney Flowers, Texas Southern University

Elections (Nominations) Committee

Chair: Jessica Chin

Each JANUARY the Committee on Elections shall canvass the membership and the Board of Directors for nomination suggestions and shall then prepare, after having secured the permission of each nominee, a slate of nomination for the election of officers. The slate shall contain at least two candidates for each office. The committee chair works closely with the Web committee chair to conduct electronic voting and to record and report the election outcome.

Chair: Jessica Chin, Cal State, San Jose
Robin Hughes, Indiana University
Jay Johnson, University of Manitoba
Anna Baeth, University of Minnesota

Web and Communications Committee

Chair: Jen McGovern, Monmouth University


Dale Sheptak, Lake Erie College
Jessee Coutre, University of British Columbia

Conference Steering Committee

Chair and Conference Director: William Bridel, University of Calgary,

Co-Conference Locators
Robert Case, Old Dominion University
F. Michelle Richardson, The Citadel


Beth Cavalier, Georgia Gwinnett College
Rob Lake, Douglas College
Danika Kelly, University of Calgary
Matt Ventresca, Georgia Tech


Awards Committees

NASSS Outstanding Book Award

This committee of no less than three members shall review books published in the year previous to the award year, and shall select a winner to be announced at the Annual meeting of the membership. Books are typically divided for review according to primary and secondary reviewers. By September (or early October at the latest), committee members submit their reviews for all books to the Chair. Books are typically evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: originality, methodological adequacy, theoretical significance, and contribution to social science. Members of the committee are asked to provide a numerical rating as well as qualitative analysis for each criterion. Click here to see a list of past winners.

Chair: Dr. Courtney Flowers, Texas Southerm University /  flowerscl@TSU.EDU
Dr. Oliver Rick, Springfield College
Dr. Janella Joseph, University of Toronto
Prof. Robbie Matz, University of Georgia
Dr. Charles Crowley, California University of Pennsylvania

Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) Outstanding Article Award

This no-less-than-three-person committee shall review all SSJ articles in the year prior to the award year, and select a winner, to be announced at the next Annual meeting of the membership. The procedures follow those of other committees and include: a) committee formation; b) eligibility; c) review process; d) making the award; and e) wrap up. Click here to see a list of past award winners.

Chair: Parissa Safai, York University
Steven Ortiz, Oregon State University
Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University
Mitch McSweeney, York University

Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award

Student Paper Award Committee will consist of no less than three members and shall review all eligible papers submitted for consideration. One award may be given to a master level student and one to a doctoral student. The name(s) of the winner(s) will be announced at the Annual meeting of the membership. All committee members must read all of the papers. An Evaluation Sheet will be provided by the Chair to assess each paper. All student authors will be provided qualitative feedback from the reviewers. Evaluation should be completed by late September or early October. Click here to see a list of past winners.

Chair: Audrey Giles, University of Ottawa /
Kristi Allain, St. Thomas University
Judy Liao, University of Alberta
Jennifer Metz, Towson University
Danyel Reiche, American University of Beirut

Service Excellence Award

Chair: Theresa Walton-Fisette, Past-President /


Vicky Paraschak, University of Windsor
Amanda Paule-Koba, Bowling Green University
Marques Dexter, University of Georgia
Seongsik Cho, Hanyang University
John Singer, Texas A & M University

The Service Excellence Award Committee consists the chair (Past President) and three current NASSS members. Committee members shall have been NASSS members for at least ten years. Procedures include: a) committee formation; b) eligibility; c) criteria for what is deemed as distinguished; d) call for nominations; e) review process; f) making the award; and g) wrap up.

Click here to see a list of recipients.

SSJ Early Career Researcher Award

Chair: Michael Giardina, Editor SSJ

Sponsored by Human Kinetics, the "SSJ Early Career Researcher Award” is awarded to an early career NASSS member "in recognition of significant scholarly contributions to the sociology of sport field." The winner of the award will receive U.S.$1,000 and be recognized at the 2015 NASSS business meeting/awards.

Research Fellows Committee

Chair: Joshua Newman, NASSS President

Michael Giardina, Florida State University
Audrey Giles, University of Ottawa
Algerian Hart, Western Illinois University
Parissa Safai, York University