In This Issue
Stay Connected
P & P Committee
Editor & Chair
Brianna Newland

Professional Members
Melissa Davies
Elizabeth Delia
Andrea Geurin
Doug Manning

Student Member
Emily Newell
NASSM Officers
Marlene Dixon

Troy University
George Cunningham

Texas A&M
Chris 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 Austin
Matt Walker
Member at Large
Texas A&M
Stacy Warner
Member at Large
East Carolina University
Rob Ammon
Business Manager
University of S.Dakota
Orland Hoeber
Web Administrator
University of Regina
David Shilbury
JSM Editor
Deakin University
Lynn Ridinger
SMEJ Editor
Old Dominion University
Conference Updates
June 9-11
Dallas, TX
September 7-10
Warsaw, Poland
Job Openings
The following universities are hiring for Fall 2016.

University of Waterloo. Two TT positions at the the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Contact Mark Havitz with questions. Application review begins March 25.

Johnson C. Smith University . Assistant Professor in Sport Management, rolling deadline. Email Dr. Rennae Stowe to submit materials.

Kurtztown University. TT Assistant Professor in Sport Management, rolling deadline. Email  Dr. Christine Lottes to submit materials.

Wayne State University. FT Lecturer in Sports Administration, posting #041728.
Doctoral Studies
The following doctoral programs are accepting applications for Fall 2016.

Florida State University - application deadline March 15, 2016.

Troy University - Two doctoral student assistant openings. Contact John Miller with questions.
March 2016

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.

A Note from the President
Dear NASSM Members:
I hope this finds you well as we "March" forward toward NASSM 2016!  I am excited for a great conference and for all the excellent conversations that will be a part of our time together in Orlando. 
Chris Green (Past-President) has been working hard on the schedule that has just been released and registration will open very soon. As you look through the conference program, you will note a few changes that are part of feedback we received from the membership.  Most notably, we have created a 4-part teaching-learning fair, along with poster presentations.  Among other benefits, this allows us to utilize a less hectic setting for these presentations, which should allow for better conversation and sharing of ideas.  
In addition to registering for the conference, please check the website for deadlines concerning NASSM Research Fellow, various grant opportunities (faculty, student, service) and nominations for NASSM Executive Positions.  Please consider nominating someone or yourself to serve in this great organization!
I look forward to seeing you all in Orlando.  Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

Dr. Marlene Dixon
NASSM President

A Note from the Past-President
Hello members!

I have released the  preliminary conference schedule online.  Please check the schedule for any errors, omissions, or scheduling conflicts if you had more than one presentation accepted.  If you find an error, please contact  Dr. Chris Green  no later than midnight, March 18th. All authors have been notified of the schedule, and have been advised to identify any problems within these two weeks. After this time, the program will be finalized and changes will be not be possible. 
Please check the schedule carefully, as there have been changes to the way scheduling of posters and the Teaching and Learning Fair.  As before, Teaching and Learning Fair and Poster Sessions will take place simultaneously.  However, there are FOUR of these sessions included on the program, and they are held concurrent with the 20-minute presentations.  Each session will include ~15 Teaching and Learning stations, and ~18 posters. 
I have worked diligently to avoid scheduling conflicts for individual presenters, but with more than 800 authors, it is possible that I may have missed something. So... please email me when and if you find any problems.

Dr. Chris Green
NASSM Past-President 
2016 NASSM Conference Update
The conference planning is coming along nicely. Information about the golf tournaments and event locations will be announced shortly.

The accommodation reservation link is now open , so be sure to reserve your space now! Please n ote that rooms must be booked  before May 17, 2016 to guarantee preferred room rates.

In partnership with the Central Florida Sports Commission NASSM conference attendees will be able to purchase discounted tickets to theme parks and other attractions in the Orlando area. 

We would like to highlight and thank the Presenting & Attendee Gift Sponsor, Texas A&M University. Other sponsors include: COSIDA - Social and Student Sponsor; University of Conn ecticut and University of Massachusetts - Co-Sponsors of the Diversity Breakfast; Florida State University - Lanyard Sponsor; and the University of South Dakota - Hotel Key Sponsor.

Still want to sponsor? There are sponsorships available! Contact Conference Manager, Jo Williams about sponsoring the coffee and snack breaks, founders reception, keynote address, or the international reception.  

We have also garnered support from the following organizations as exhibitors and advertisers: Lancon, Kendall Hunt, American Press, Degrees in Sport, Athlete Assessments, Rutledge, Wayne State University, Sport Travel Academy, and the University of Georgia. A big thank you to our sponsors and partners!


2016 NASSM Research Fellow awards deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016. More details.

2016 NASSM Doctoral Research Grant proposal deadline is Friday, March 25, 2016.  More details.

2016 Janet B. Parks  Research Grant  proposal deadline is Tuesday, March 15. More details.
Program News
The Pathway to an MBA in Sports Management is the result of a partnership between UCR Extension and the UEM Real Madrid Graduate School; students start off taking coursework at UCR before going on to complete UEM's Sports Management MBA, an online MBA program which includes a trip to Madrid to attend an international conference for sports professionals called White Week. At White Week, students attend lectures delivered by experts in the international sports business, and get a chance to network with professionals at Real Madrid, FIFA, Nike, Adidas, and other international sports brands. The UEM MBA in Sports Management was also recently ranked one of the top sports MBA programs in the world. Students will learn from sports industry professionals at UCR and UEM, gain valuable work experience as part of their studies, and graduate with a top ranked MBA in Sports Management in as little as one year.

Jordan Field, the Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation and Paul Bee, the Director of Ticket Sales for the Detroit Red Wings have both joined the Wayne State University Sports Administration program faculty this semester to lend their expertise in the professional sports industry to students in the online graduate program.

Seattle University's Master of Sport Administration and Leadership is proud to announce the successful launch of the first cohort of its new and exclusively online Sport  Sustainability Leadership certificate.  The graduate certificate is the first program of its kind in the world that meets the demands for professionals who can embed environmentally sustainable practices in sport organizations of all types and sizes.  The 15-credit, online certificate commenced this past January with 12 students who will complete the program in 9 months (August 2016).  Our certificate students are currently working with several sport organizations across North America to improve or establish environmental sustainability initiatives and reporting standards. Most notably, one of our certificate students is working with the Super Bowl 50 Planning Committee to compile, write, and present the event's Sustainability Report. SU is now accepting applications for the second cohort.  The next cohort will start in the 2016 Fall quarter in mid-September. Please encourage your students to apply to the online graduate certificate if they are interested in being a leader to more fully integrate environmental sustainability into the sport industry.

Earle Zeigler's latest book, Physical Activity: The American Dilemma, was published in December 2015.  Earle has made this freely available as an e-book on this website along with 21 other books as part of his output since deciding to leave retirement behind and "start up again" in the new century. Now he's searching for a new topic for 2016. However, he states that it is so difficult to escape writing about the "crying need" for a quality program in physical activity and health education (including intramural athletics for youth). And, at the same time, he decries the excesses of overly professionalized sport within the educational system. For more information or questions, please visit Earle's website!

NASSM has  updated the list of journals that currently serves the community of sport management scholarship, which includes h- index as well as current and 5-year impact factors. 
Join the Conversation!
We wanted to find more ways to hear from the NASSM membership about all of the diverse sport management related topics you're covering in your classrooms and in your research. Instead of saving it all for the annual NASSM conference or for publication in JSM or SMEJ, we've got three new outlets that we would like to introduce as platforms to hear more from you, our clever membership.

We introduced, in our last newsletter, a Twitter initiative called #NASSMasks. Every Wednesday, around dinner-time (EST), we will post a question on Twitter and tag it with the #NASSMasks hashtag. The question might relate with a current sport-related event or a question about something you're doing in the classroom. You can then post your thoughts on the topic and read the responses from others by following the #NASSMasks hashtag. If you have a question you would like to see asked during a #NASSMasks, send them to @NASSM_SportMgt on Twitter.

We're launching the NASSM Blog this spring with the first post from our very own P&P committee member, Andrea Geurin! Andrea not only introduces the blog, but also provides one example of what we'd like to post. Read it here!

We'd also like to highlight David Walsh's blog contribution this month in the area of Education. Read about what his students are doing for the Super Four Course!

SUBMIT A BLOG IDEA!!  T he P&P Committee invites proposals about teaching to research or perspectives on current events or trends within sport management. With the range of experts in our field and industry, we hope to use this blog to generate a dialogue between opposing views, and more generally use the breadth of expertise in the NASSM community to share beyond our annual conference.  We've got guest bloggers lined up for the next few of months, but we would also like  to put the call out to invite you to submit a topic  that you would like to write or read about! For more information, please visit the NASSM Blog site or send your ideas to  Andrea Geurin.

Listserv v. NASSM Membership
Did you know that many confuse the Sport Management Listserv with the NASSM membership email list?  If you are one of those confused souls, let us set the record straight. What you post to the listserv goes out to a much broader group of people who are not necessarily NASSM members, while emails that are NASSM branded go out to our membership. 
If you have  official NASSM membership business that you would like to send out not only to the membership, but also the listserv,  LET US HELP! Please send your news to the P&P Committee and we'll package it all up under the NASSM brand and send it out to the membership, listserv, and even social media on your behalf! Please send details to P&P Chair,   Brianna Newland. 

Get Involved!
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS, a re you interested in NASSM leadership positions ? NASSM has positions open for President-Elect and Member-at-large (3 positions).  If you would like to run for one of these NASSM office positions, ask someone to nominate you or nominate yourself. Please fill out the NASSM Nomination Form and an abridged vita (no longer than two typed pages) and send them to Evan Frederick.

STUDENTS, do you want to get more involved with NASSM? Beginning this year, the NASSM Annual Conference will begin a new tradition where its student members are asked to be monitors during research presentation sessions. We are seeking your help! If you are interested, contact student representative, Matt Huml

Feature Story
Checking in with the 2015 NASSM Doctoral Research Grant Recipients
By Dr. Andrea Geurin
Story idea submitted by Dr. Stacy Warner, ECU
Established in 2012, the NASSM Doctoral Research Grant supports student research in the sport management community. At last year's NASSM Conference in Ottawa, three student projects received funding totalling nearly $5,000. Student winners  included:

- Jesse Mala and Michael Corral,  University of Connecticut
- Bradley Baker and Christine Wegner,  Temple University
- Gashaw AbezaUniversity of Ottawa

We thought we'd check in with the 2015 grant recipients to report on their progress to date. See their stories here!

Student Board Update
The 2016 NASSM Conference is just around the corner and the Student Board is very excited for this year's student initiatives! A few changes this year, so keep your eyes open for upcoming emails about the Student Elections, Faculty-Student Mentor Program, as well as social media for additional details about the Student Social Night and Student Symposium.

  • The Faculty-Student Mentor Program will move to a more flexible schedule to provide more time for students and mentors to engage in conversations. Students and faculty interested in participating in this initiative should contact Kyle Rich. Look for additional emails describing this change in the coming months.
  • The student representatives position elections will move online this year!

  • We also have a lot planned for the NASSM Conference in Orlando! Click here for more details about: 
  • The Student Luncheon
  • The Student Social Night

    The student board has begun a new symposium initiative. Each symposium will feature a group of accomplished researchers who will participate in the panel discussion to provide insight for students at the beginning of this exciting but difficult topic for graduate students.Please join us next week for the first panel of speakers! Contact Natalie Smith to find out how!

    - Title of Symposium: Preparing for a Career in Academia: Insights from Junior Faculty.
    Date:  March 8, 2016
    Time: 8pm EST
    Panel:  Dr. Andrea Geurin, Griffith University, Dr. Melissa Davies, University of the Pacific, and Dr. Brianna Newland, University of Delaware.

    See you in Orlando!

    Natalie Smith, NASSM Student Board President

    North American Society for Sport Management | | |
    135 Winterwood Dr
    Buttler, PA 16001