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Meet your potential new professor!

Help us to recruit and select your future professor!

This Sunday through Tuesday we will be hosting our first candidate for our Assistant Professor position in socio-cultural studies/sport management: Megan Chawansky, PhD.

You will find summary of Dr. Chawansky’s achievements below.

Please mark your calendars for the following opportunities to meet Dr. Chawansky:

Monday, February 8, 2016
3:30-4:30 Meet with Graduate Students – Partners Conference Room

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:45-10:45    Research Presentation– HPER 243


  • At the time of appointment, earned doctorate in a discipline that closely aligns with our concentration in sport studies and specialization in socio-cultural studies
  • Expertise in socio-cultural aspects and/or ethics of sport
  • Ability to contribute a socio-cultural disciplinary perspective to the doctoral specializations in the department
  • Record of scholarly achievement in area of expertise
  • Scholarly publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills


  • University teaching experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional organizations
  • Evidence of efforts to obtain extramural support for research


  • Conduct research leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Sport Studies and Recreation and Sport Management
  • Provide professional, university, and community service
  • Advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students
  • Direct graduate projects, theses, and dissertations
  • Actively pursue external funding and grant writing
  • Contribute to department’s mission

Megan Chawansky received her Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Humanities from The Ohio State University in 2008, with a concentration in Sociocultural Studies of Sport and Exercise. Her dissertation topic was on “Getting the girl: Female athletes’ narratives of the recruiting process”. She earned her M.A., Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University (2002) and her B.A., Psychology and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University (1999).

Chawansky’s areas of research are within the field of sport for development and peace (SDP). She has 13 publications, and one article accepted for publication, in peer-reviewed outlets (12 first authored). Her research focus is on SDP policy planning, and involves empirical socio-cultural research and field experiences. Her stated research interests match her publication and refereed presentation record and external and internal funding. In addition to her published research, she has recently co-edited two collections that break new ground in the area of SDP research.

She has published in in top tier socio-cultural sport journals including: Sociology of Sport Journal, Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, and Qualitative inquiry. She has also led invited presentations at highly regarded national/international conferences: The North American Society for Sociology of Sport (NASSS), the Sport and Social Justice conference, and the Annual Lesbian Lives Conference.

Chawansky has extensive teaching experience as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton. Some of the courses she has taught include: Social Perspectives of Sport, Sport and Leisure History in Britain, Introduction to Sociology and Sport, Introduction to Graduate Skills and Research Methods, Theorising Critical Issues in Sport, and Sport for International Development and Peace.