Nelson editor of four-volume sports anthology
Murry R. Nelson, professor emeritus of education and American studies, is the editor of a four-volume work that examines America’s love affair with sports titled, “American Sports, A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas.”
The encyclopedia set examines and details the cultural aspects of sport and how sport pervasively has reflected and affected myriad aspects of American society from the early 1900s to present day. The entries cover both historical and contemporary aspects of sport and American culture.
Unlike purely historical encyclopedias on sports, the contributions within these volumes cover related subject matter such as poetry, novels, music, films, plays, television shows, art and artists, mythologies, artifacts and people.
The set includes a variety of biographies about people who have impacted sport and American culture, provides suggested resources with each entry, including an extensive bibliography and chronology, and analyzes significant sports-related films and novels.
Nelson called on dozens of Penn State faculty and graduate students to author segments of the book. They include:
From the College of Education:
- Jacqueline Edmondson, associate dean and professor and
- Mark Kissling, assistant professor.
Former College of Education graduate students:
- Sarah Bair, associate professor of education at Dickinson College;
- David Fuentes, assistant professor of education at William Paterson University;
- Mark Previte, professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown; and
- Vince Youngbauer, assistant professor of education at the University of South Dakota.
From the College of Health and Human Development:
- Mark Dyreson, professor of kinesiology;
- Jamie Schultz, assistant professor of kinesiology; and
- Ann Cook, associate head coach of the women’s soccer team.
Former or current College of Health and Human Development graduate students:
- Adam Berg,
- Colleen English,
- Jarrod Jonsrud,
- Andrew Linden,
- Sara Roser-Jones, academic adviser in the Penn State Eberly College of Science;
- John Gleaves, assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University-Fullerton;
- Matthew Llewellyn, assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University-Fullerton; and
- Ying Wushanley, professor of wellness and sport science at Millersville State University.
Jack Selzer, Paterno Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts.
From the College of Arts and Architecture:
- Richard Bundy Jr., professor of music, and
- Caleb Rebarchak, graduate assistant, Blue Band.
Kevin Hagopian, senior lecturer in the College of Communications.
Steven Herb, education librarian
and, Robert Trumpbour, associate professor of communications at Penn State-Altoona.
The four volumes are comprised of 1,850 pages and are published by Greenwood.
For more information, see:
-- by Andy Elder (May 2013)