Andrew Pettit is a PhD candidate in Kinesiology (Socio-cultural Studies) with a specialization in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at the University of Western Ontario. His current work on the history of the Olympic movement (PhD dissertation) as well as sport in the context of reconciliation in Canada (R.A. for the Indigenous Hockey Research Network) focuses on the possible roles sport can play in the fostering of good-will and understanding amongst peoples. Additionally, Andrew is the co-founder and editor of the Journal of Emerging Sport Studies, an online open-sourced academic journal dedicated to the dissemination of quality scholarship on sport.
Ingrid Hinojosa-Alcalde has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC) that belongs to the University of Barcelona. She also received her master’s degree in Physical Education. She is an associate professor in the department of Physical Education at INEFC Barcelona. She participates in the research group Grup d’Investigació Social i Educativa en Activitat Física i Esport (GISEAFE). She is conducting her PhD thesis about the coaching profession in Spain. Ingrid will be sharing the results of the research about the underrepresentation of women coaches in Spain at the Sport & Society 2019 Conference.
Adrianne Grubic is a teaching assistant and PhD student at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a JM from the Emory University School of Law, a MMC from the University of South Carolina, and a BA From Auburn University. She previously worked in sports broadcasting at CNN Sports, ESPN and FOX Sports. Adrianne’s research interests include the intersection of sports, gender, and race along with sports journalism credibility. She has presented her research at AEJMC and NASSS and also has an accepted co-authored paper at this year’s ICA in Washington DC.
Jason is a fourth-year PhD Education student at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA majoring in Learning Technologies Design Research. Throughout his studies, he has managed to combine his passion for fitness and recreation with his academic pursuits in using technology to support learning pedagogies. Some of the more fluent themes present in his research have been intrinsic motivation, wearable fitness technologies, social constructivism and self-efficacy in athletes, fitness, and recreation enthusiasts. In his full-time career, he has worked as a Senior Instructional Designer at Booz Allen Hamilton in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area supporting clients with learning strategy and evaluation of workforce instructional applications.
Melissa Otterbein, Master of Public Health, is a Graduate Assistant from George Washington University School of Public Health, Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences. She’s co-authored, authored, and spoken on podcasts regarding nutrition, physical activity, and sport and the Sustainable Development Goals research. A certified USA Triathlon and US Masters swimming coach, Melissa has volunteered in sport for development including football programming with refugees in Greece, community development in Togo, and locally with Special Olympics. She founded Letters to Future Sisters of the World, an online platform for females to share experiences and dreams for future generations of females. She was a Global Health Corps Fellow for a development organization and HIV/AIDS researcher at Johns Hopkins University. A 2015 USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals qualifier, 2013 70.3 Ironman World Championships Qualifier, and 2013 Ironman All World-Athlete, Melissa is a competitive cyclist who advocates for women's inclusion in the Tour de France. She is on Twitter: @motterbein and www.melissaotterbein.com.
Nathaniel Ramos is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University in the School of Information. Mr. Ramos’ dissertation focuses on the adoption of smartwatches by runners. Specifically, his dissertation explores what factors influenced runners to adopt a smartwatch, what information runners utilize, and the impact of smartwatches on behavior. In addition to his dissertation, Ramos also uses data mining techniques to explore public sentiment on social media. Prior to becoming a doctoral student, he worked as a sports reporter covering various NCAA and minor league sports and reporting on those sports for newspapers, radio stations, and television stations in Colorado.
I enjoyed moderating sessions as I've only done it a couple of times prior to this conference. Moderating gave me an opportunity to be in a more involved role in the conference and now my confidence as a new scholar has grown."
This experience has certainly made me more confident as a scholar and as a chair of conference sessions! I hope that the contacts I established will lead to some fruitful scholarly collaborations in the future."