Jo Ann Buysse, PhD

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

Kinesiology/Leisure Stds, Sch

Room 208 CookeH
1900 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, 55455


Graduate faculty: Kinesiology

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



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 served as the coordinator/director of the sport studies/sport management degree program from 1997-2013. She continues to teach in the sport management degree program teaching core courses in sport sociology and ethics in addition to supervising student internships and supervising undergraduate student research projects.

As a graduate faculty member, Dr. Buysse teaches graduate courses on gender and sport 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 a research reportA 26-year Longitudinal Analysis of Intercollegiate Division I Media Guides in a Changing Sports Media Landscape), co-authored with Dr. Sarah Wolter.  She is also known for her expertise on Title IX, gender equity and social change through sport.  Dr. Buysse was also an invited participant for the CEHD Reads panel discussion: Engaging diverse communities through sport on Oct. 10. 2011. She spoke about her volunteer work with Muslim girls and women and basketball (her favorite sport).  Recently she presented research on Paralympic Coaches with Paralympian athlete and coach Stephanie Wheeler and published a chapter on Physical Activity and Sport for Girls with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities with Matea Wasend.

“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 teaching and learning about  international perspectives in 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 has prepared a curriculum for a course  to the Dominican Republic.. This course has an emphasis on Major League Baseball Academies in the DR.  Most recent learning abroad trips have been with  First Year students to Rome and Florence Italy in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Buysse has served 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 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.

Following a 43 year teaching career (22 in the School of Kinesiology), Dr. Buysse has announced her retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, though she will remain as an affiliated scholar with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport.

Research interests

Media constructions of gender, global sport issues, disability, leadership

Current teaching
  • Kin/SMGT 1904  First Year Seminar Abroad
  • SMGT 1905 Sport Evangelism
  • Kin 5511: Gender and Sport
  • SMGT 3996: Sport Practicum Experience
  • SMGT 3501: Sport in a Diverse Society
Honors and Awards

Montana Tech of the University of Montana  Hall of Fame Award: Volleyball Team

Montana Tech of the University of Montana Hall of Fame Award: Coach

Montana Tech of the University of Montana  Hall of Fame:  Basketball Team

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

  • 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
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Selected Publications
  1. Buysse, J.M & Wasend, M. (2018). Physical Activity for Girls with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities. In Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, The 2018 Tucker Center Reseaqrch Report, Developing Physically Active Girls: An Evidence -based Multidisciplinary Approach. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

  2. Buysse, J.M. & Wolter, S. (2013). Gender Representations in 2010 NCAA Division I Media Guides: The battle for equity was only temporarily won. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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

Selected Presentations
  1. Buysse, J.M. & Wheeler, S. (2018). Paralympic Games: Who's in and Who's left out?. Social Justice Through Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, April 5-7.

  2. Sporting Chance: The lasting legacy of Title IX.  Women's Coaches Symposium, April, 2017

  3. Challenging Role Models in Sport, OxFAM Italia World Expo, Milan, Italy, July 2, 2015

  4. Perspectives on International Sport and Issues of Diversity: The case for Inclusion. International Education Week. St. Olaf College, Oct. 20, 2014