ASHE & Athletics: Informing Research & Policy Seminar

Power to the Scholar: Emerging Media Practices for Higher Education Discourses on College Sports

Informing Research & Policy in Intercollegiate Athletics
2017 Pre-Conference Session
ASHE Annual Meeting, Houston Texas
November 9, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm

This Pre-Conference session is for scholars interested in raising the profile of their research in the public space and sharpening their ability to contribute to the discourse on higher education institutions and their athletics enterprises.

In this interactive session, we will begin with an overview of the historical context and emerging trends in media coverage of intercollegiate athletics policy. Participants also will explore new media modes and emerging technology trends in scholarly communication and how to apply these strategies and communication tools in the context of public scholarship on intercollegiate athletics.

This session will also focus on helping scholars engage with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to convey research findings and adding their perspective to athletics policy discussions. Participants will also learn how to navigate the benefits and challenges of public scholarship in college sports research for their future success in the academy.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring tablets or laptop computers to this interactive pre-conference session.

This session will be facilitated by Dr. David Welch Suggs, Jr., Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and the Center for Leadership in Athletics at the University of Washington.

Dr. Suggs is an associate professor of journalism and sports media with a research agenda in sports, education and media. A former university administrator and advocate in college sports policy, Dr. Suggs also spent a decade as a sportswriter and ran the Chronicle of Higher Education’s athletics section for seven years. He is the author of A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX (Princeton University Press, 2006).

Registration Rates for the Pre-Conference

Faculty/Admin Member:
Early-bird rate: $35
Regular rate: $45
Last minute rate (Nov 1 -11): $55
Students/Emeritus Member:
Early-bird rate: $20
Regular rate: $25
Last minute rate (Nov 1 -11): $30
Early-bird rate: $55
Regular rate: $70
Last minute rate (Nov 1 -11): $85


Special thanks to Arizona State University's Higher & Post-Secondary Education Program for co-hosting the 2017 ASHE Pre-Conference on athletics.

Now in its 8th year, the ASHE Informing Research & Policy in Intercollegiate Athletics Preconference Seminar engages the ASHE community on the issues of the relationship between intercollegiate athletics and higher education. For more information contact the Center for Leadership in Athletics,

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