Call for Papers | Special Issue of Sport Management Education Journal: “Emerging Technology in Sport Management Education”

emerging-technologiesInnovation in the sport management classroom has become of utmost importance due to the way in which technology has infiltrated the sport industry (Pedersen, Parks, Quarterman, & Thibault, 2011). Technological advancements are “major factors driving the globalization of sport” and therefore the sport management classroom must reflect that to properly prepare students to enter the industry (Masteralexis, Barr, & Hums, 2012, p. 192). In fact, use of technology and innovation techniques within the classroom has become an area in which higher education instructors are often evaluated. With such an emphasis on using technology and innovative teaching designs within the sport management classroom comes the demand for educators to remain ahead of the technological curve.

Emerging technologies such as social media outlets are becoming more commonplace as educational tools (O’Boyle, 2014). Educators are using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites to create unique learning communities that expand beyond the four-walled classroom and into students’ daily lives (Seo, 2012). Additionally, educators are bringing new resources into the classroom through online videoconferencing capabilities. These applications of technology within the classroom are allowing sport management educators to tap into new resources that assist them in teaching within the discipline.

This special issue of SMEJ explores emerging technologies within the sport management classroom. Research published in this issue will provide insight into the use of a variety of new learning tools to better prepare sport management students for an evolving industry. This special issue is open to all methodologies for research manuscripts, and “how-to” papers submitted under the new Pedagogical Innovations section will also be considered (see submission guidelines for details).

Possible topics include but are not limited to

  • Evaluation of the use of emerging technologies
  • Integration of technology resources
  • How to use technology within the sport management classroom
  • Adapting emerging technologies to various learning styles
  • Creative uses of technology in educational settings
  • The use of social networking in sport management education
  • Barriers to using technology in sport management education
  • Impact of technology on sport management student learning
  • Perceptions of technology in sport management education settings

Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines for this special issue must adhere to the submission guidelines for SMEJ, which can be found at Authors should submit their manuscript through Manuscript Central, the online submission system for SMEJ at cover page for the manuscript should clearly state that the submission is for the special issue on Emerging Technology in Sport Management Education.

Submission Deadline: January 5, 2015


Guest Editors:

  • Robin Hardin, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1914 Andy Holt Ave., Room 335, Knoxville, TN 37996, 865-974-1281,
  • Joshua R. Pate, Ph.D., James Madison University, 261 Bluestone Drive, MSC 2305, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, 540-568-7409,
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