The NASSM Publicity and Promotion Committee strives to keep the membership informed through this newsletter. This requires a collaborative effort from the delegates. To contribute to subsequent newsletters, please forward all information to the Committee Chair and Editor, Brianna Newland. Information can include, but is not limited to: awards, scholarly recognition, conferences, events, and 'from the field' information. 

P&P Committee

Brianna Newland, Chair
Andrea Geurin
Melissa Davies
Elizabeth Delia

Emily Newell

Marlene Dixon
Troy University

George Cunningham
Texas A&M

B. Christine Green
University of Illinois

Tim DeSchriver
University of Delaware

Brian McCullough
Seattle University

Thomas Aicher
Member at Large
University of Cincinnati

Jess Dixon
Member at Large
University of Windsor

Jacqueline McDowell
Member at Large
George Mason University

Emily Sparvero
Member at Large
University of Texas at Austin

Matthew Walker
Member at Large
Texas A&M

Stacy Warner
Member at Large
Eastern Carolina University

Robbin Ammon
Business Office Manager
University of South Dakota

Orland Hoeber
Web Administrator
University of Regina

Upcoming Conferences

Message from Marlene Dixon, President

Dear NASSM Community-


I welcome the opportunity to serve you as the President over the next year.  Along with Chris Green and George Cunningham, I extend warm congratulations to all of the recent NASSM award winners and to the organizers at the University of Ottawa for another excellent conference.


Over the next year, we will be continuing to pursue three main issues that have remained at the forefront of our organization for the past several years.  First, we continue to pursue the excellence of our journals and scholarly outlets, both the official journals of NASSM (Journal of Sport Management and Sport Management Education Journal) as well as the health and exposure of other related journals.  Both SMEJ and JSM welcome new editors (Lynn Ridinger and David Shilbury) who will continue to develop and enhance the journals, and the comprehensive list of sport management journals compiled by the journal taskforce is now available on the NASSM website.  We look forward to advancing the theory and practice of sport management through our scholarly outlets.


Second, we continue to pursue solidifying the logistics of the conference structure, altering the hosting system where we can have broader access to a wider array of cities.  This will increase access and potentially decrease costs of attending the annual conference, creating additional opportunities for fulfillment of the NASSM mission. 


Finally, we continue to pursue excellence in alignment with structure, strategic planning, and operations.  The committee tasked with providing options and advice toward the structure of the organization has provided its recommendations, which are now being put into action.  Further, a short-term strategic planning committee is being formed, that will provide guidance and action items for advancing the society over the next 5 years.


The fall executive council meetings will take place Oct. 23-24 in Orlando.  If you have any concerns or agenda items you would like to see addressed at that time, please feel free to CONTACT ME


Please also be sure to make plans to join us in Orlando, FL June 1-5, 2016 for the annual NASSM conference.  The specific information for this conference will be posted soon on the NASSM website and the call for papers will be extended in early September.


Have a terrific rest of your summer and best wishes for a successful and productive academic year.


Best to you all,

Marlene Dixon


Janet Fink, Ziegler Award Winner

It is an extreme honor to receive the 2015 Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award. Given the admiration I have for past recipients, and the knowledge that there are many deserving NASSM members, it is a true privilege to receive the award. 


I have many people to thank. I was fortunate to work with Dr. Donna Pastore, my advisor, and other faculty at The Ohio State University who had immense impact on my professional career. I want to thank the colleagues I have worked with at the University of Texas, Ohio State, University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts Amherst for making my work life so enjoyable. Further, I have benefitted from many wonderful students who have enriched my life not only professionally, but personally as well. Finally, kudos to Eric MacIntosh, Milena Parent, and Lorena Hoeber for planning and executing such a wonderful NASSM conference in Ottawa!


Thank you,

Janet Fink


NASSM 2015 Recap
On behalf of the 2015 NASSM Conference hosts and the Executive Council, the Publicity and Promotions Committee would like to congratulate all the 2015 award winners and research fellows on their exceptional accomplishments! 

Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award
Janet Fink,  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award 
Jim Weese, Western University

Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award
Dianna Gray, University of Northern Colorado

Diversity Award
Heidi Grappendorf, University of Cincinnati

Research Fellow Award
Beth Cianfrone, Georgia State University
Andrea Geurin, Griffith University
Shannon Kerwin, Brock University
Heath McDonald, Swinburne University
Laura Misener, University of Western Ontario
Scott Tainsky, University of Illinois

Student Research Competition
Florian Hemme, The University of Texas at Austin 
Dr. Matthew T. Bowers, Advisor

Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant
Andrea Geurin, Griffith University
Calvin Nite, Texas Tech University
Katie Misener (University of Waterloo),  Torsten Schlesinger (University of Bern), &  Alison Doherty (Western University)
Brian Mills (University of Florida),  Scott Tainsky (University of Illinois), &  B. Christine Green (University of Illinois)

Program News
Be on the lookout for the NASSM Survey! The best way for membership-driven organizations like NASSM to improve and grow is through knowing its members. Periodic membership surveys help organizations demonstrate communication commitments, identify key strengths and challenges, and provide reliable data for strategic decision-making. In the coming weeks, all NASSM members will receive a brief questionnaire intended to obtain feedback on various member-related items. The NASSM Executive Council would appreciate your willingness to participate in this important process as we plan for the future.

New NASSM Conference Manager Announced! 
NASSM is pleased to announce our next conference manager, Dr. Jo Williams from the University of Southern Maine.  Dr. Williams has extensive event bidding and management experience and will help NASSM transition to its next phase of conference hosting beginning with the Orlando conference in 2016!  In addition to the conference itself, Dr. Williams is charged with developing sponsorship partners for the conferences and for NASSM at large.  If you are interested in becoming a partner with NASSM as a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact her at your earliest opportunity.  Please join the NASSM Executive Council in welcoming Jo Williams in her new role! 

Adrien Bouchet, PhD, the Warren Clinic Endowed Professor of Sport Management at the University of Tulsa, has been awarded the Mayo Research Excellence Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. This award is given annually to the Collins College of Business professor whose work demonstrates national and international excellence. Bouchet's work on escalation of commitment in sport organizations was published in sport management's two top academic journals: Journal of Sport Management and Sport Management Review. Bouchet also published articles in both Omega: The International Journal of Management Science as well as Corporate Governance. Prior to entering academia, Bouchet spent twelve years working in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and for various sport marketing agencies. He attended Auburn University, Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, Arizona State University, and Texas A&M University (PhD).

Adrian College (Adrian, MI )is starting a Master of Arts in Sport Administration and Leadership program beginning Fall 2015. The program will build upon the success of the existing undergraduate program in sports management. The Master's program curriculum will enable students to learn from professors that have extensive experience in the field of sports leadership. This program will also prepare students for successful careers in professional, minor league, intercollegiate and youth sports by inviting working professionals to campus who may directly provide employment opportunities to graduates. 

The Journal of Sport Management is now on Twitter! Follow updates with the handle @JSMjournal.  Follow us on Twitter
Student News

Hello NASSM members,

Once again, the Student Initiatives were a success at the 2015 NASSM Conference and remain popular for student attendees. The 2015-2016 NASSM Student Board anticipates an equally successful 2016 NASSM Conference and we are excited for the opportunities ahead of us in the coming year. We have three new NASSM Student Representatives who are already building off of feedback received through email, social media, and conversations with students at the conference. We are brainstorming new ideas and improvements to current initiatives for the upcoming 2016 conference in Orlando, Florida. Throughout this year, Allison, Kyle, Kylie, and I will be working towards the student initiatives for next year. Thank you for the feedback already received by myself and the Student Board! Please continue to reach out to me and/or the respective board member for additional feedback of each initiative.

One of the greatest parts of attending the NASSM conference is having the opportunity to (re)connect and build relationships with colleagues in sport management. These connections can happen in many ways, one of which is the faculty-mentor initiative. This year, Kyle Rich (Western University) will be coordinating the initiative which aims to connect student members with faculty at the conference. These connections can be a great way to facilitate discussions about current/future research, prospective jobs or career paths, or other issues that might be on your mind. Kyle is "stoked to be facilitating this initiative as it is a great opportunity to create networks with colleagues as well as gain diverse perspectives on the student experience."

Allison Musser (University of Illinois) will be planning the student symposium. "As an attendee of the student symposium every year I've attended NASSM, I have personally seen how beneficial this event can be!  I'm excited to organize the event next year.  I have some ideas regarding topics, but am eager to hear from NASSM students what issues or questions they'd like to see addressed next year! Feel free to reach out via email  or Follow us on Twitter."


Kylie Wasser (Western University) is looking forward to planning the 2016 Orlando Student Social. "For the 2016 NASSM Student Social, we are excited to build off the successes of 2015 in Ottawa. My goal is to engage even more of our student members, particularly new and first year NASSM attendees. While plans are in the works, any ideas and feedback are always welcome via Follow us on Twitter."

The 2015-2016 NASSM Student Board seeks to provide useful opportunities for sport management students and is open to any feedback and ideas that you may have to improve those opportunities and the student experience. If there are any new student initiatives or networking avenues you hope to see developed, please contact me. Have a wonderful summer!

Natalie L. Smith, University of Illinois

Student President

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Committee position open!

The Publicity and Promotions committee is seeking a new professional committee member. Professional members serve a two-year term, or until a successor is named. For more information on the duties of the committee, please see the operating code.


If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact the P&P Committee Chair, Brianna Newland.