Andrew C. Billings (PhD, Indiana University) is the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting and director of the Alabama program in Sports Communication at the University of Alabama. His research interests lie in the intersection of sport, mass media, consumption habits, and identity-laden content.ï¿½ He is the author and/or editor of nine books, including Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television ; his writings have been translated into five languages.ï¿½ Billings is also the author of over 90 refereed journal articles and book chapters in outlets such as the Journal of Communication , Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly , Mass Communication & Society , and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media . Dr. Billings serves on many editorial boards, including the journal Communication & Sport , where he currently acts as associate editor.
Paul D. Turman ( PhD, University of Nebraska) is the Vice President for Research & Economic Development for the South Dakota Board of Regents. His scholarly research focuses on the role of communication in the coach-athlete and parent-child relationship within a sport context. Prior to his time with the Board of Regents, he taught courses in communication and sport at the University of Northern Iowa. His scholarly work has been published in journals such as Communication Education , the Journal of Applied Communication Research , the Journal of Family Communication , and Communication Studies .
Michael L. Butterworth (PhD, Indiana University) is director and associate professor of the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University.ï¿½ He is the author of Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity: The National Pastime and American Identity during the War on Terror , as well numerous scholarly articles in such journals as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies , Communication & Sport , Communication , Culture & Critique , Critical Studies in Media Communication , and the Quarterly Journal of Speech .ï¿½ He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in communication and sport, with particular emphasis on metaphor, myth, and politics.ï¿½ He also serves as the founding executive director for the International Association for Communication and Sport.