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Future Faculty Program: Meet Courtney Szto (Friday, Sept. 15)

As part of the university’s Future Faculty Program, our department will be hosting Courtney Szto, currently a Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University, in our department this Friday (Sept. 15). Courtney previously earned a master’s degree in socio-cultural sport studies from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in leisure and sport management from the University of British Columbia. Courtney has built an impressive CV while a graduate student, as she has published eight peer reviewed journal articles, including in outlets such as the Sociology of Sport Journal and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Her research has addressed issues of race, multiculturalism, and citizen in sport; corporate social responsibility in sport; and sport for development and peace.

On Fri., Sept. 15, KRSS graduate students are invited to attend the following events with Ms. Szto:

1:30-2:15 PM – Research presentation (HPER 232)

3:00-3:30 PM – Meeting with departmental graduate students (HPER 393)


From the Simon Frazier University’s site:

Courtney Szto holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Sport Management from UBC and a Master of Science in Socio-Cultural Sport Studies from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focuses on the intersections of race, citizenship, and sport by exploring South Asian experiences in ice hockey. Her broad research interests include: media, race, gender, health, sport-for-development and peace, consumption, corporate social responsibility, citizenship, and labour and environmental issues. In Courtney’s volunteer life, she is the Co-President of the United Nations Association – Vancouver Branch and a Graduate Student Representative for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. She is the Assistant Editor for Hockey in Society and writes for her own blog, The Rabbit Hole, which focuses on critical discussions around health, sport, and physical activity. In 2014, Courtney started a social media platform called Offside Plays that seeks to expose everyday occurrences of discrimination in sport, health, and physical activity. Her writing has appeared in popular mediums such as Interrupt Magazine, Rabble, Delirious Hem, BlogHer, and The All-Rounder. Courtney is a certified personal trainer, bootcamp instructor, and fitness kickboxing instructor.

More about the Future Faculty Program (source):

The Future Faculty Program began in 2011 as one of several campus-wide initiatives promoted by the university’s Council on Diversity and Interculturalism to increase diversity in the tenure-line faculty cohort. In six years, this program has resulted in five hires of junior scholars from underrepresented populations and furthered our international reputation.

In addition to showcasing our campus, FFP provides units with the opportunity to build networks among and recruit from underrepresented populations.

Program participants are introduced to UT’s resources, attend a workshop on developing negotiation skills, and attend professional events hosted by their prospective departments. Social events and a tour of Knoxville also are part of the weekend’s activities.

To be eligible for participation, candidates must be from populations that are underrepresented in their disciplines. They must be within one to two years of entering the academic job market at the time of participation.