Jo Ann Buysse, PhD


Senior Lecturer, Socio-cultural aspects of sport and physical activity

Office Hours: TTH 2:30-3:30 and by appointment

Areas of Interest

Sport sociology, sport media, gender equity, human rights

Graduate faculty: Kinesiology

Affiliated Scholar, Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport


School of Kinesiology

Room 208 CookeH
1900 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tel: 612-625-5331

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    Kinesiology, emphasis:psycho-social aspects of sport
  • M.S., Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
    Physical Education, emphasis: historical research
  • B.S., Southwest State University, Marshall, MN
    Double Major: Physical Education and Health Licensure: Teaching and Coaching

Jo Ann Buysse is a graduate faculty member in the School of Kinesiology, and an affiliated scholar with Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the College of Education and Human Development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in sport sociology. Dr. Buysse has served as the coordinator/director of the sport studies/sport management degree program since 1997. She also teaches core courses in sport sociology and ethics in addition to supervising student internships and supervising student research projects.

As a graduate faculty member, Dr. Buysse teaches graduate courses on women in sport and leisure and global sport issues. She also serves as a committee member for graduate students in the School. As a sport media scholar, she has performed longitudinal research on the construction of gender in sport by analyzing photographs on NCAA Division I intercollegiate media guides. Her recent research activities include content analyses of the 2008  Paralympic and Olympic athletes in newspapers across five countries and  longitudinal research (4th study) on intercollegiate athletic media guide cover photographs. She is also known for her expertise on Title IX, gender equity and social change through sport.  Dr. Buysse will be one of the invited participants on the CEHD Reads panel discussion: Engaging diverse communities through sport on Oct. 10. 2011. She will speak about her volunteer work with Muslim girls and women and basketball (her favorite sport).


“As a sport scholar, former coach, athletic director and lifelong athlete, I have learned the value and significance of sport in our society and the benefits of sport and physical activity. I have also known the joy of participation and the thrill of competition. Competent sport managers are critical to the physical and emotional health of all who participate in sport. I enjoy the opportunity that I have at the University to engage students in the study of socio-cultural, ethical, and international issues related to sport and society. I also enjoy the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and discussion about how we might change sport in ways that enhance opportunities for positive growth and development of all individuals in socially responsible ways.”

Dr. Buysse also enjoys international perspectives on sport and has developed international opportunities for students on global sport issues. She supports the University goal of 50% of its undergraduate students having a learning abroad experience. International collaborations and program development have included faculty and sport professionals in in Greece, Sweden, Italy, the Dominican Republic and New Zealand. She has developed and led learning abroad trips on global sport issues to Sweden, Finland, Italy and Switzerland and plans to lead a group to the Dominican Republic in the spring of 2012 . This course will focus on sport and human capital with an emphasis on Major Leauge Baseball Academies in the DR.  Dr. Buysse also serves on the International Working Group for the College of Education and Human Development (CE+HD) and plans to continue developing international and global education opportunities for students. She and her colleagues from the International Education Working Group recently received a Big Idea Award in CE+HD.  Their proposal advocates for every student in CE+HD to have an international experience before they graduate.

Research interests

Media constructions of gender, global sport media, leadership

Current teaching

  • Kin/SMGT 1901  First Year Seminar Abroad
  • Kin/Rec 5511: Women in Sport and Leisure
  • SMGT 3996: Sport Practicum Experience
  • SMGT 3501: Sport in a Diverse Society
  • SMGT 3601: Ethics and Values in Sport

Honors and Awards

Montana Tech of the University of Montana Hall of Fame

CE+HD Big Idea Award

The John Tate Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award: Nominee

The Excellence in Academic Advising Award, University of MN

Alumni Achievement Award, Southwest Minnesota State University

Athletic Hall of Fame, Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Top Thirty Female Athlete Award, Southwest State University

Athletic Hall of Fame, Southwest State University

Selected Publications

  1. Buysse, J.M. & Borcherding, B. (2010). Framing Gender and Disability in Sport: A cross-cultural analysis of photographs from the 2008 Paralympic Games. International Journal of Sport Communication, 3, pp. 308-321.

  2. LaVoi, N., Buysse, J., Maxwell,H. and Kane, M.J. (2007).The Influence of Occupational Status and Sex of Decision Maker on Media Representations in Intercollegiate Sports. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 14 (4), pp. 31-43.

  3. Kane, M.J. & Buysse, J. M. (2005).  Intercollegiate media guides as contested terrain: A longitudinal analysis. Sociology of Sport Journal, 22, 214-238

  4. Buysse, J.M. (2006). Atalantan Distractions. Scholar & Feminist Journal Online, Summer Issue, 4.3; September.

  5. Buysse, J.M. & Embser-Herbert, M. (2004). Media constructions of gender in sport: An analysis of NCAA Division I intercollegiate media guide cover photographs. Gender & Society,18 (1), 66-81

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