Georgia Tech has recently launched a new program in Sports, Society, and Technology (SST). This initiative leads faculty and students to study sport in the contexts of historical and contemporary culture. The interdisciplinary focus of SST brings together sports studies, science and technology, and urban studies, incorporating faculty from across campus, in areas ranging from architecture, public policy, and applied physiology to economics, history, and sociology. Interdisciplinary studies and innovative teaching in SST will help students become leaders in the sport and health industries, higher education, and in our local and global communities.
The SST program currently offers the following courses:
In the coming years, Georgia Tech will expand these course offerings, create a robust curriculum, and establish an academic minor in SST. We are currently developing the SST minor and hope that it will be available to students during the 2014-2015 academic year.
We are also committed to developing partnerships and collaborative projects in order to enhance a diverse community of students, faculty, and industry stakeholders. On April 18, 2013, Georgia Tech hosted an inaugural summit on “Sports, Society, and Technology in the 21st Century.” The event included a reception to honor the contributions of Homer Rice. A similar summit based upon a topic of relevance to the Georgia Tech and sport communities will be held in the Spring of 2014. More information about this event will be forthcoming on this site.
We welcome inquiries from anyone interested in learning more about the program. Please contact Dr. Johnny Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-385-0244 or Dr. Mary McDonald at email@example.com or 404-894-6835.
Postdoc in Sports Studies
The School of History, Technology, and Society (HTS) at the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks a postdoctoral fellow in sports studies beginning August 15, 2014. Candidates for this position should have completed their doctoral studies within five years of the time of employment.HTS is a collective of sociologists and historians offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. HTS offers an interdisciplinary program, Sports, Society and Technology (SST) which brings together sports studies, science and technology, and urban studies and incorporates faculty from areas such as architecture, biomedicine, engineering, history, information design, international affairs, literature, physiology, psychology, sociology, and urban planning. Faculty are currently working on creating an undergraduate SST minor degree.The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to this new program by teaching coursework including “Foundations of Sports Studies,” a course that introduces undergraduates to the interdisciplinary field of sports studies, along with one additional course to be negotiated. The successful candidate will also contribute to the administration and promotion of the program. We will consider candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including but not limited to: sociology, history, media studies, international studies, cultural studies, sport studies and/or related fields. This is a one-year postdoctoral position, renewable for an additional year at the discretion of the HTS chair and contingent on available funding. Applicants for this position should email all materials, including a cover letter, current CV, and contact information for three references to Professor Mary McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the words “Sports Studies Postdoc” in the subject line. We will begin screening applications on March 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and includes fringe benefits. Georgia Tech was recently voted one of the best places to work, and Atlanta is consistently ranked among the top ten places to live for young professionals. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with the Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.
Georgia Tech’s SST Program partners with
Qiana Martin and Eat Soccer
Qiana Martin of “Eat Soccer” is partnering with Georgia Tech’s Sports, Society and Technology program on a video project that uses the occasion of the FIFA World Cup 2014 to teach children about global cultures. Video content will center on cultural and educational content about Brazil, Korea, Ghana, Italy and the United States as each represents one of the five world regions participating in the global soccer tournament. The videos are being produced by students in Professor John Thornton’s Advanced Video Production class within Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication. The five videos should be completed in the Spring 2014.
Eat Soccer is a social enterprise with a mission to educate underserved communities about the sport while simultaneously providing products and services to fans and participants of the beautiful game. Created by international athlete and global soccer ambassador Qiana Martin, the company was a recipient of the 2011 British Airways Face of Opportunity small business award.
Click HERE for faculty information.
Fall 2014 SST Courses
Sociology of Sport
Olympics in Asia
Boxing, Race, and American Culture
Sports and Modern America
Seminar hosted by School of Applied Physiology
Yuichi Hirano, Director
Department of Sports Science
Japan Institute of Sports Sciences
Time: Noon – 1 pm, Thursday, March 6th
Location: Applied Physiology Auditorium (1253)
555 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA
Contact: M. Shino Shinohara (email@example.com)
Note: Japan Institute of Sports Sciences is a large-scale national organization that provides research and support for top athletes. It now has increasing roles in aiming at 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Click HERE for information.
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