Ph.D., Health and Sport Studies, University of Iowa
M.S. Ed., Sport Science and Coaching, University of Akron
B.A. , Physical Education, English, Albion College
About Dr. Curtis
Dr. Amanda Curtis earned her Ph.D. in Health and Sport Studies from the University of Iowa in 2013. She also holds an M.S. Ed in Sports Science & Wellness Education from the University of Akron and a B.A. from Albion College in Physical Education and English. Dr. Curtis’s primary areas of interest involve issues of gender and physicality within the fields of sport history and sport sociology as well as representations of female athletes and physicality in the media. She also presents original research in these areas at various national and international academic conferences. She teaches courses within the Sport Studies curriculum such as: Gender, Sexuality and Sport; History of Sport in America; Sports in Education; Sport Sociology; Sport, Nationalism and Culture; and Sport Communication, among others. Dr. Curtis was recognized for her efforts in the classroom with the Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education award as well as the LEC Tibby for Faculty member of the year.
What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?
Lake Erie College offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to sport that few other small colleges can offer. We offer both a Sports Management major as well as a Sports Studies major which allows the student to learn about sport through the path they find most interesting focusing either more on the business or cultural aspects of sport and the sport industry.
Ultimately either degree will prepare students to work in or out of the sport industry while also preparing those who wish to pursue graduate studies. We are able to combine a large university program with the small college experience.
SA 101 - Introduction to Sport Management
SA 110 - History of Global Sport
SA 111 - History of Sport in America
SA 204 - Sports Communication
SA 220 - Sport Sociology
SA 221 - Sport Psychology
SA 301 - Gender, Sport and Culture
SA 322 - Sport in New Media
Research/Creative Activity Interests:
Gender issues in Sport History and Sport Sociology
Sport and the Military
North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
Publications (Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations):
Curtis, Amanda K. (2015). Isn’t it Ironic?: The Threat of Female Physicality in Physical and Military Training at West Point, 1976-1980. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History. Miami, Florida. May.
Curtis, Amanda K. (2014). Sugar Smacked: Women’s Basketball and the Integration of the United States Military Academy, 1976-1980. Presentation at A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America conference. Green Bay, WI. May.
Curtis, Amanda K. (2011). Princess or Player?: Women’s Sport Film and the Disney Prototype. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Minneapolis, Minnesota. November.
Parratt, C., Hodler, M., Curtis, A. & Smith, M. (2011). "Where’s the History Here?” SkIowaye, Ceilidh and History as Public Engagement. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Minneapolis, Minnesota. November.
Parratt, C., Hodler, M., Curtis, A. & Smith, M. (2011). "Sport History in the Academy: Transatlantic & Generational Perspectives.Presentation at The Future of Sport History in Academia conference. Huddersfield, England. June.
Curtis, Amanda K. (2010).Beyond Workers and Warriors: The Contributions of Collegiate Women to the World War II War Effort. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History. Orlando, Florida. May.
Curtis, Amanda K. (2009). ‘That’s A Fact’: Cultural Constructions of Hegemonic Masculinity and Military Service in G.I. Jane. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History. Ashville, North Carolina. May.