The NCAA announced today a Call for Papers, which will be considered for presentation at the 2007 Conference on Intercollegiate Athletics and Higher Education in America, January 4-5 in Orlando, Fla.
The theme of the conference is "100 Years of Scholarship Addressing American College Sports." This inaugural, academic, juried conference is intended to summarize scholarship from the past several years in the context of intercollegiate athletics in higher education in America and the role of sport in American culture. Scholars are encouraged to submit papers pertinent to this topic summarizing work dating back several years. The conference will be part of the 2007 NCAA Convention and will help conclude the NCAA's Centennial Celebration.
"The NCAA is uniquely positioned at the heart of sport and higher education," said NCAA President Myles Brand. "In our everyday activities we are honored to work with scholars from many disciplines who serve to strengthen the educational experience for NCAA student-athletes. Providing a scholarly platform to encourage more and better interdisciplinary research addressing the value of sport in education is a natural extension of our current activities. It is at the core of our mission to integrate the student academic and athletic experience."
In recognition of the centennial year of the NCAA, the conference will focus on the research, theory and critical thinking surrounding college sports over the last 100 years. Topics to be covered at the conference include, but are not limited to:
· Where have we been? How research and thinking have changed over time.
· Where are we now? Current issues that significantly influence scholarly work.
· Where are we going? A look at proposed future developments of scholarly research.
"Scholars from many disciplines have studied American sports for years," said Rich Luker, conference chair and Woodard Senior Research Fellow at the Warsaw Center, University of Oregon, and founder of the ESPN Sports Poll. "However, this may well be the first conference dedicated to the general body of interdisciplinary research and scholarship addressing sport. We have been thrilled with the interest, support and cooperation we have received from a broad range of academic interests."
Subtopics may include, but are not limited to:
· History: History of intercollegiate athletics in American higher education; broader historical developments including intramurals; recreational sports; fitness programs; physical education; women’s sports; sport for the disadvantaged; and integration of sport and education.
· Education: Value of sports; non-NCAA athletes; educational program development; integration of academics and athletics; academic performance; academic success; and advising.
· Social/cultural/psychological: University reputation; school recruitment; community life; social dynamics; media; college "star" athletes; role models; global factors; international students; gender issues; coaching; officiating; cheerleading, bands and fans; minorities; and sports psychology theory, practice and research.
· Health: Physical activity and academic achievement; establishing healthy lifestyles; advancements in medical care; drug use -- legal and illegal; and drug testing.
· Business and Law: Financial impact on universities; cost distribution compared to other university activities; administration of programs; sponsorship; alternative sports funding models; college and professional sports comparison; legal issues; taxation; agency; and Title IX.
· Special topics: Upcoming issues and areas for future research consideration.
Deadline for submission is July 1 and papers should be submitted via the Web site .