Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center in the School of Kinesiology, will speak at the 2nd Annual Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit on Tuesday, July 10 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center. LaVoi’s talk, given to over 300 hockey captains and coaches representing 71 teams attending the Summit, will be “Building a Positive Team Culture.”
The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport announces the recipients of the 2018 Tucker Center Internship, now celebrating its 10th year. This year Sarah Cummings (Marketing Communications senior at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY) and Hannah Silva-Breen (BA in Psychology & Exercise Physiology, Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, MN) will be assisting Tucker Center leadership with projects including the 2018 Tucker Center Research Report, the WCRC All Division-I data write-up, a 5-year Coach Turnover report, a new TC/tptMN video documentary on women in sports leadership, and a coach tracking project in collaboration with the Alliance for Women Coaches. More information about these outstanding interns and the Tucker Center Internship, in general, is available at the Tucker Center website.
Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer, have published an article in the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. “An Examination of Intercollegiate Athletic Directors’ Attributions Regarding the Underrepresentation of Female Coaches in Women’s Sports” surveyed a nationwide sample of college athletic administrators to determine current-day perceptions regarding the underrepresentation of female head coaches with significant gender differences emerging.
The College of Education and Human Development hosted a college-wide scholarship donor and recipient luncheon, the annual “CEHD Celebration of Scholars,” on April 20 at McNamara Alumni Center that included several of the School of Kinesiology‘s own. At the event, alumni and friends met and learned more about CEHD and the student award recipients and offered thanks to the donors.
Pictured below (left to right) are: philanthropists MaryJo and Guy Smith; Caroline Heffernan, 2016-17 recipient of the Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership; Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., Professor and Tucker Center Director; Beth Lewis, Ph.D., Professor and School of Kinesiology Director.
Pictured below (left to right) are: Steven J. Lipovetsky, 2017-18 recipient of the Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award; Dr. Mike Mueller, mother of Edie Mueller and, with her late husband Dr. Van Mueller, originator of the Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award and the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center; Hailee Moehnke and Kristin Wood, 2017-18 recipients of the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center.
The University of Kansas’ Daily Kansan article, “Kansas athletes and coaches see importance in women leadership,” cites data available in the Tucker Center‘s Women Coaches Research Series & Report Card and quotes Tucker Center Co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., with the Kansas’ low report card score and LaVoi speaking on what language such as “choosing the best coach” is actually code for.
A memorial event, “Celebrate the Life of Mary M. Mullen (February 1933 – December 2017)” will be held on May 19 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm at the U of Minn/Duluth’s Bagley Nature Center. Mary M. (Muggs) Mullen was a pioneer of women’s athletics and outdoor education who changed the UMD educational experience. Her tremendous caring and generosity extended a reach to many in a way that changed their lives. In honor of Mary, the “UMD Mary M Mullen Scholarship Fund” was created and provides an opportunity for women in physical education or outdoor education. It is through this scholarship that the advancement of women in these fields will support Mary’s legacy of opening doors for women and girls. The celebratory event will feature stories of Mary and a Memorial Bench Dedication; lunch will be served. Please RSVP.
WCCO/CBS Minnesota interviewed Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer, for an online piece, “Augusta National Turns New Page With Women’s Tournament.” LaVoi talks about the importance of women becoming members of the Club and how it impacts young girls and boys.
The Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership fund, established in 2014 and housed in the Tucker Center for Girls & Women in Sport, recently received a $10,000 gift in support of the Borton Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to promote leadership among girls and women within a sports context. Since its inception, three outstanding Kinesiology and Sport Management graduate students have received the Fellowship: Marnie Kinnaird, Caroline Heffernan, and Matea Wasend.
The Fellowship is named after former University of Minnesota head women’s basketball coach, Pam Borton, who was named to the position in 2002. Borton created a culture of excellence within the women’s program both on and off the court. Averaging 20 wins per season in her 12-year tenure at the U of M, Borton guided the Golden Gophers to a Final Four, three Sweet Sixteens, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three seasons of 25 or more wins. She is the winningest head coach in the program’s history. Under Borton’s guidance, female student-athletes achieved unparalleled academic success: Her teams earned an overall 3.0 grade-point average every year of her tenure. Borton’s Gophers also garnered a league-best 88 Academic All-Big Ten honorees over the span of her coaching career.
Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, is an invited panelist at an April 16 lecture by Dr. Richard Lapchick, author, human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality and internationally recognized expert on sports issues. Lapchick is a professor in the College of Business at the University of Central Florida, the founder and director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics In Sport, and president and CEO of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS). The event takes place from noon to 1:15 pm at the Humphrey Forum in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the U of M West Bank Campus, with the panel follows Lapchick’s lecture, “Sport as a Catalyst for Racial Progress & Gender Equity.” Both are sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG). With introductions by Dr. Larry Jacobs, the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and professor in the Department of Political Science, and moderated by Dr. Doug Hartmann, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Kane will be joined on the panel by Lapchick and Dr. Leo Lewis, School of Kinesiology alumni and Sport Management program adjunct professor. Registration requested; the event is open to the public.
Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. is quoted in a BleacherReport.com article, “UConn Bad for Women’s Basketball? Not by a Long Shot.” LaVoi contends that the prevalent cultural narrative regarding sport is dominated by narrow media viewpoints that fail to take into account a broad enough spectrum of perspectives.
An article,”College sports reformers stay positive despite setbacks,” appearing in The Japan Times features Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology. The article emphasizes Inoue and colleagues’ joint research project with Japan’s University of Tsukuba, Temple University and Dome Corporation to allow sport teams to be formally recognized as belonging to a university, much as in the U.S. NCAA.
WCCO/CBS Minnesota has interviewed Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. for the article, “The Report Card: Why Aren’t More Women Coaching Women?” LaVoi talks about the women coaches report card grading, and notes the U of M is only one hire away from an “A” grade.
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder News Online (MSR) has released an article, “New reports show little progress in college sport race, gender hiring,” featuring the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport’s recently released report, “Head coaches of women’s collegiate teams: A report on seven select NCAA Division-I conferences, 2017-18” authored by Tucker Center co-director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. MSR reporter Charles Hallman quotes LaVoi on the very slight rise in hiring of women head coaches of women’s teams, saying “It’s better than going in reverse.” The article also features The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) report, “Racial and Gender Report Card,” authored by Dr. Richard Lapchick (College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida).
Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in an Ozy.com profile of US Olympic Hockey star Hilary Knight, “Team USA’s Hockey Star Has A Higher Goal: Equal Pay.” Kane says “the team’s ability to convert frustration into actionable progress has major historical significance.”
Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is featured in a WiSP Sports “Talking Point” podcast discussing how sport can be a site of resistance and empowerment for women. The podcast and transcript, “How Women’s Status in Sport is Contained by Men,” is a discussion of Kane’s “perspectives on why women’s sports coverage is so limited and why the focus on women’s athletes tends towards sexual objectification instead of their physical and athletic capacities.” WiSP Sports Radio is the world’s largest podcast network for women’s sport featuring more than 760 episodes and 30 unique shows with a global reach of 1.6 million.
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The Tucker Center, in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is proud to announce the release of the 2017-18 Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Seven Select NCAA Division-I Conferences report and infographic. 40+ years after the passage of Title IX, female sport participation is at an all-time high but the percentage of women coaching women at the collegiate level is stagnant. While the number of collegiate coaching opportunities is also at a record high, only 20% of all college coaching positions for men’s and women’s teams are filled by women. One goal of this report is to change that trend. View the report and infographic here…
In an article, “Can Philly fans change their image? Yes, but only if they want to,” the Star Tribune quotes Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center. LaVoi and others talk about the hows and whys of fan behavior, with some thoughts about what could happen at this year’s Superbowl.
Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, will be the opening keynote for the first-ever women4women event held in conjunction with the 29th Annual Wisconsin Track Coaches Association (WISTCA) Conference held in Madison, WI, February 1-3, 2018. LaVoi’s talk is titled, “Educate.Stimulate.Advocate: Thriving in the Coaching Profession,” and will offer strategies for women coaches as well has how male allies can help.
Beth Lewis, Ph.D., professor and director in the School of Kinesiology, is published in a CEHD Vision 2020 Improving Lives blog article entitled, “Research-Based Principles to Help You Stick to a Regular Exercise Program.” Citing research, Lewis touches on four principles to “help you keep your commitment to exercise.”
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, spoke at the NCAA Convention Office of Inclusion Workshop & Sessions Women in Athletics: Initiatives for Progress. Her talk was titled, “Athletic Director Best Practices for Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Women Coaches.” Her session examined women’s progress in athletics and focused on areas needing improvement, such as increasing the representation of women—particularly women of color—in coaching and administration. Dr. LaVoi spoke especially about research around recruiting, hiring and retaining women coaches.