Application & Review

Application Process

Members seeking selection as a NASSS Research Fellow must submit qualifications (listing of minimum criteria) in PDF format to the NASSS Research Fellows Selection Committee by the published deadline. All members seeking Fellowship status must be active members of NASSS (dues for the year having been paid) upon submission (Join here: ).

Applications are due by July 30, 2023

For specific questions, contact Michelle Richardson, committee chair --[email protected]

Each packet must include:

  1. A cover page listing the candidate’s name, rank and/or title, institutional affiliation, research areas/interests, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae that includes a list of candidate’s publications and presentations in APA format.
  3. A statement of explanation which describes the author’s perceived impact of all scholarly outputs that satisfy the criteria listed on the criteria tab. This would include a summative description of the qualifying journals articles, books, and book chapters, as well as all ‘non-traditional’ forms of scholarship such as editorials or articles in (inter)nationally-circulated magazines or (inter)national digital media, community-based research and activism, and service-oriented research activities. The author must explain how each non-traditional research activity is distinct from others and should be considered by the committee in meeting the total number of research outputs.

Review Process

1) All applications for NASSS Fellows will be reviewed by the NASSS Research Fellow Selection Committee. Members qualify for NASSS Research Fellow distinction upon attaining a certain scholarly record (see minimum criteria, above). The Fellows Selection Committee will rely on a) the candidate’s statement of explanation in concert with b) the spirit of the Fellows criteria above in order to evaluate any non-traditional items.

2) Members who qualify are designated as NASSS Fellows upon the NASSS Research Fellows Award Selection’s authentication of the candidates’ academic record.

3) The chair must report the name(s) of all NASSS Research Fellows to the NASSS Board of Directors no later than the preconference Board meeting at the annual NASSS conference. In addition, the chair will need to report the name(s) of the winner(s) to the Secretary (at least four weeks prior to the NASSS Conference), who orders the plaque or awards to be given out at the Business Meeting.

NASSS Fellows

Posthumous Award Winners:

Barbara A. Brown
James Curtis
D. Stanley Eitzen
Alan G. Ingham

2017 Recipients:

David L. Andrews, University of Maryland at College Park
Toni Bruce, University of Auckland
Ted M. Butryn, San Jose State University
Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University
Simon C. Darnell, University of Toronto
Bryan E. Denham, Clemson University
Michael D. Giardina, Florida State University
Audrey Giles, University of Ottawa
Lyndsay Hayhurst, York University
John D. Horne, University of Central Lancashire
Steven J. Jackson, University of Otago
Annelies Knoppers, University of Utrecht
Pirkko Markula, University of Alberta
Michael Messner, University of Southern California
Joshua I. Newman, Florida State University
Richard Pringle, University of Auckland
Jay Scherer, University of Alberta
John Sugden, University of Brighton
Heather J. Sykes, University of Toronto
Alan Tomlinson, University of Brighton
Cathy van Ingen, Brock University
Brian Wilson, University of British Columbia

2018 Recipients
Jim Denison, University of Alberta

Louis Harrison, University of Texas at Austin
Billy Hawkins, University of Houston
Ryan King-White, Towson University
Robert Rinehart, University of Waikato
Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato
Theresa Walton-Fisette, Kent State University
Lawrence Wenner, Loyola Marymount University

2019 Recipients
Dr. Dominic Malcolm, Loughborough University

Dr. Faye Linda Wachs, Cal Poly Pomona

2020 Recipients
Susan Greendorfer, University of Illinois

Jeffrey Montez de Oca, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

2021 Recipients
Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University
Chris Knoester, Ohio State University

2022 Recipients
Andrew Billings. University of Alabama
Mark Falcous, University of Otago
Adam Love, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kerry McGannon, Laurentian University
Mark Norman, McMaster University

2023 Recipients
Janelle Joseph, University of Toronto
Chris McLeod, University of Florida



North American Society for the Sociology of Sport members wishing to gain Research Fellow status must have a continuous and high quality record of scholarship, as outlined below. Special consideration will be given to senior and emeritus scholars whose contributions to the field meet the eligibility criteria, but only when date of recent publications and presentations is not considered.

NASSS Fellows will be announced and presented with the award at the annual conference in November.


The minimum criteria that must be met include (both A and B):

  1. Publications: All NASSS Research Fellows must have at least 20 research outputs, including no less than 10 published (or in-press) refereed journal articles. Additional research outputs might include (but are not limited to): books and book chapters published by scholarly presses, federal or foundation grants which the applicant served as (co-)principal investigator; public sociology activities (such as editorials or articles in (inter)nationally-circulated magazines or (inter)national digital media), community-based research and activism, and service-oriented research activities. Five of the total refereed journal articles must be within the last six years (see special consideration in II.B.2.). Three of the total refereed journal articles should be published in, or accepted for publication in, the Sociology of Sport Journal. Each NASSS Research Fellow should be first or solo author on at least five of the refereed journal articles, including at least one refereed publication in the Sociology of Sport Journal
  1. Presentations: All NASSS Fellows must have 20 refereed conference presentations. Four of the total presentations must be within the last six years; six of the total presentations must be presentations delivered at the annual proceedings of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.