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Sport Studies Doctoral Student Opening Fall 2017 – University of Tennessee

Sport Studies Doctoral Student Opening Fall 2017 – University of Tennessee

The PhD concentration in Sport Studies with a specialization in socio-cultural studies has an opening for a doctoral student for the fall semester 2017. This position includes a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and health insurance. The candidate will teach socio-cultural foundation courses in the Recreation and Sport Management curriculum each semester.

Possible research areas include but are not limited to the following:
• International sport/globalization
• Sport and religion
• Sport and (sexual) violence
• Gender and racial ideology in sport
• Sport media analysis

The Sport Studies concentration in the doctoral program primarily prepares graduates for positions as faculty members in higher education. The coursework for the program is developed between the student and the faculty advisor to meet the educational goals of the student. Students have the flexibility to develop a program that allows them to focus on the area of study in which they have an interest.

Doctoral students will receive training in research design and methodology and are expected to conduct research outside the requirements of the classroom. The program consists of 15 hours within the concentration, 18 hours of research courses, nine hours within the specialization and a minimum of six hours in an outside or cognate area.

The application deadline for priority consideration is January 1. The deadline for international applications is February 1. We strongly encourage early applications to compete for additional funding opportunities with early deadlines. The Graduate School offers a number of competitive fellowships, including the Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women’s Graduate Fellowship and Diversity Fellowships. For more information, see: The most capable PhD students might have the opportunity to compete for a Chancellor’s Fellowship with high research expectations.

Primary faculty advisors in the socio-cultural studies specialization include Dr. Lars Dzikus ( and Dr. Adam Love ( Students who are interested in the program are encouraged to peruse the research interests of all faculty members in the areas of sport studies and recreation/sport management:

We also encourage applications from candidates with an interest in conducting research in areas associated with UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society.

Contact Dr. Lars Dzikus, Director of Graduate Studies ( or 865-974-0451) for more information about the program.

Contact Scott Smith, Graduate Admissions Coordinator ( or 865-974-8171) for questions about the application process.