Left to right:  Dr. Shannon Jette (Chair, Hult Lecture Committee), Dr. Joan S. Hult (Professor Emerita), Dr. Ellen Staurowsky

April 15, 2017

The Joan S. Hult Lecture Series is an annual Woman's History Month lecture series named for Joan S. Hult, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Hult is one of the foremost sport historians on American women in athletics and was influential in the implementation of the Title IX legislation (1972), which expanded opportunities for women and girls to participate in sports. Every spring, the Department of Kinesiology invites distinguished scholars to speak during Women’s History Month, and this year on March 31st Dr. Ellen Staurowsky, Professor of Sport Management at Drexel University, delivered the Hult lecture on her research, "Women's Work in the 21st Century Collegiate Athletic Department: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same." Dr. Brad Hatfield, department chair, was especially excited with the chance to join in on "an informative session for gaining insight into the advances and critical challenges faced by women in present-day coaching and management positions."

Dr. Ellen Staurowsky is a recognized expert on social justice and gender discrimination issues in sport. Her areas of expertise include college athletes’ rights, gender equity and Title IX, and the the appropriation of American Indian imagery in sports. She authored the Women's Sports Foundation's 2015 report “Her Life Depends on It III:  Sport and Physical Activity in the Lives of American Girls and Women.” Dr. Staurowsky's talk provided a lot of insight into how female coaches in sport have a steep hill to climb in today's coaching environment, and also provided some unique insight into some contemporary judicial cases where Title IX has made strides for women seeking coaching positions across sport. 

Turnout was wonderful, as many students and staff were in attendance to support the annual tradition of celebrating Dr. Hult and Women's History Month.

Thanks to all who attended!

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