NASSS Committees (2016-17)

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.

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> Organizational Committees: Diversity & Conference Climate CommitteeElections (Nominations) Committee | Finance Committee | Conference Program Committee | Conference Site Selection Committee
> Awards Committees: NASSS Outstanding Book Award | Sociology of Sport Outstanding Article Award | Barbara A. Brown Outstanding Student Paper AwardService Excellence Award | SSJ Early Career Researcher Award | NASSS Research Fellows
> Special Committees
> SSJ Editorial Board


Diversity & Conference Climate Committee (DCCC)

Chair: Algerian Hart

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.  

Diversity and Conference Climate Committee

Chair Algerian Hart Western Illinois University 2015-2018
Member Emmett Gill University of Texas at San Antonio 2016-2019
Member Erica Zonder Adrian College 2016-2019
Member Lisa Alexander Wayne State University 2014-2017
Member Charles Crowley California University of PA 2014-2017
Member Courtney Flowers Texas Southern University flowerscl@TSU.EDU 2014-2017

Conference Site Selection Committee

Chair:  Michelle Helstein

Conference Site Selection Committee

Chair Michelle Helstein University of Lethbridge 2016-2017
 Member  Toni Bruce  University of Auckland 2016-2017
 Member Mary McDonald Georgia Institute of Technology 2016-2017
 Member Andrew Meyer Baylor University 2016-2017
 Member Kenneth Muir Appalachian State University 2016-2017
 Member Josh Newman Florida State University 2016-2017
 Member F. Michelle Richardson The Citadel FRichard@citadel.eduu 2016-2017
 Member Nicholas Schlereth The University of New Mexico 2016-2017
 Member Maureen Smith CSU Sacramento 2016-2017


NASSS Outstanding Book Award

Chair:  Rachel Allison, Member-at-Large

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 winner.

 Outstanding Book Award Committee

Chair Audrey Giles University of Ottawa 2016-2017


Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) Outstanding Article Award

Chair:  Shannon Jette, Member-at-Large

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.

 Outstanding SSJ Article Award Committee

Chair Shannon Jette Mississippi State University 2016-2017


 Barbara A. Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award

Chair:  Rachel Allison, Member-at-Large

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.

 Barbara A. Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award Committee

Chair Rachel Allison University of Maryland 2016-2017

Service Excellence Award

Chair:  Cheryl Cooky, Past-President

The Service Excellence Award Committee consists of three members; the chair (Past President) and two 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.

 Service Excellence Award Committee

Chair Cheryl Cooky Purdue University 2016-2017

SSJ Early Career Researchers Award Committee

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.

Chair Michael Giardina Florida State University 2016-2017
 Past President  Cheryl Cooky  Purdue University  2016-2017

NASSS Research Fellows Committee

Chair: Theresa Walton-Fisette President


Chair Theresa Walton-Fisette Kent State University 2016-2017

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 San Jose State University 2015-2016
 Member jay johnson  University of Manitoba

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. 

 Finance Committee

Chair Brenda Riemer Eastern Michigan University 2015-2017
Member Emily Dane St. John Fisher College 2013-2015
Member Alicia Johnson University of Tenn, Knoxville 2014-2016
Member Leigh Ann Danzey Bussell Ball State University 2013-2016
Member Erica Zonder Adrian College 2013-2015
Member Lee Vander Velden University of Maryland Ex-Officio


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: Josh Newman, President-Elect

 Conference Program Committee

Chair Josh Newman Florida State University  2016-2017
Member Victoria Paraschak  University of Windsor 2016-2017
Member Kyle Bunds North Carolina State University 2016-2017
Member C. Keith Harrison University of Central Florida 2016-2017
Member Michael Friedman University of Maryland 2016-2017
 Member Nancy Spencer Bowling Green State University 2016-2017
 Member Cheryl Cooky Purdue University 2015-2016
Member Courtney Flowers Texas Southern University 2016-2017
Member Katelyn Esmonde University of Maryland 2016-2017
Member William Bridel University of Calgary 2016-2017