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Antunovic publishes an article on diversity in Olympic media coverage in Central and Eastern Europe

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology at the School of Kinesiology and Tucker Center affiliated scholar, recently published a co-authored article titled “Sport, gender, and national interest during the Olympics: A comparative analysis of media representations in Central and Eastern Europe” in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. [READ MORE]

LaVoi talks with KARE 11 on US Soccer equal pay deal

In an interview with KARE 11—"US Women's Soccer Players Will Finally Receive Equal Pay"—Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, spoke with KARE 11 on US Soccer equal pay deal and how it can be a game changer. [READ MORE]

Antunovic publishes journal article on mediatization of the Olympics in Croatia and Slovenia; begins new international collaborations

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology at the School of Kinesiology recently published a co-authored journal article titled “A public service? Mediatization of the Olympic Games in Croatia and Slovenia” in Communication & Sport. [READ MORE]

Antunovic publishes chapter on fandom of women’s sports

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology at the School of Kinesiology and Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport affiliated scholar, recently published a co-authored chapter titled Sports Fans Hunt for Women’s Games: Beyond News Media Coverage. [READ MORE]

Antunovic Receives ‘Rising Star’ Award for Work Empowering Women; Advocating for Equity in Sport

Dr. Dunja Antunovic, an Assistant Professor of Sport Sociology in the School of Kinesiology, was awarded the 2022 Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC) Rising Star Award last week. The award, new in 2022, recognizes a pre-tenure faculty member who is committed to empowering women and demonstrating leadership through academics, research, service, and teaching. [READ MORE]

LaVoi to give power talk for NYC espnW Summit

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will give a talk at the annual espnW Summit in New York City on May 4. [READ MORE]

LaVoi and Kane to give keynotes at local Athena Award Banquets

Tucker Center director Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, and director emerita Mary Jo Kane, PhD, have been selected to give keynote addresses at the St. Paul Area Athena Awards ceremony on April 20, at Vadnais Heights Commons. [READ MORE]

MPR interview with Tucker Center’s LaVoi on NCAA Women’s Final Four

In an MPR News article and audiocast, "NCAA Women’s Final Four comes to Minneapolis, showcasing strides in equity," Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is interviewed about the branding and resources increasingly available to women's sports. [READ MORE]

Antunovic publishes chapter on sociological approaches to social media in sport

Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology in the School of Kinesiology and Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport affiliated scholar, recently published a chapter titled “Social Media, Digital Technology, and Sport Media” in an edited book titled "Sport, Social Media, and Digital Technology: Sociological Approaches." [READ MORE]

KinReflects on Women’s History Month

To celebrate the end of Women’s History Month, the School of Kinesiology asked a few of our members about how women have positively impacted and empowered their lives. [READ MORE]

TC Talks podcast: 2022 Tucker Center Film Festival, “LFG” panel discussion

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, and senior lecturer, School of Kinesiology, hosted a panel discussion of the Tucker Center's 2022 Film Festival video, "LFG." [READ MORE]

TC Talks podcast: DisruptHERS report

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, and senior lecturer, School of Kinesiology, hosted a panel discussion of the new report, "DisruptHERS: Driving a new model of women's sports." [READ MORE]

Tucker Center hosts Middle Eastern basketball coaches for seminar on girls and sport

“Coaching is a series of teachable moments,” said Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, to a group of visiting basketball coaches from Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The group, which included nearly 30, mostly female, basketball coaches, visited the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Tuesday […] [READ MORE]

KARE11 interviews LaVoi on NCAA Final Four inequities

With the Women's Final Four starting April 1, KARE11 Television has published a video interview with Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology. [READ MORE]

LaVoi, Tucker Center research shows Big 12 below national average for women coaches

In a recent podcast, "When it comes to women coaching women's teams, Big 12 falls well below the national average," NPR in Kansas City interviewed Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology. [READ MORE]

Silva-Breen and LaVoi publish on coaching report card longitudinal data

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, and Hannah Silva-Breen, master's student in the School of Kinesiology's sport psychology program and research assistant in the Tucker Center, have published an article in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, "Longitudinal Analysis of Head Coach Turnover of Women’s NCAA D-I Teams." [READ MORE]

Tucker Center affiliated scholars release report: “DisruptHERS: Driving a New Model for Women’s Sport”

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month in the US, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport in collaboration with a multidisciplinary international team of affiliated scholars has released a new report: "DisruptHERS: Driving A New Model for Women's Sport." [READ MORE]

LaVoi on US Women’s National Team decision

In an article, "USWNT Make History with Equal Pay Settlement," Nutsandboltssports.com quotes Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, on the team's recent, successful class action equal pay lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation. [READ MORE]

LaVoi quoted in New York Time on Olympic gender disparities

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in a New York Times article, "The Olympic gender gap is closing, but work remains." [READ MORE]

MPR quotes LaVoi on Tamara Moore, first African American female head coach of a men’s collegiate basketball team

In an article on Tamara Moore, legendary North High and retired WNBA basketball player, MPR quotes Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology. [READ MORE]

Antunovic publishes journal article on media coverage of the Paralympics

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology at the School of Kinesiology and Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport affiliated scholar is lead-author on a recently published journal article that calls for changes in coverage of the Paralympic Games. The article titled "Media Coverage of the Paralympics: Recommendations for Journalism Practice and Education" is available ahead of print in the International Journal of Sport Communication. [READ MORE]

Antunovic publishes chapter on women’s sports teams’ communication during the pandemic

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology in the School of Kinesiology and affiliated scholar for the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, recently published a chapter titled “Keeping a Sense of Community: Women’s Sports Leagues and (Post-) Pandemic Communication” in an edited book, “American Sport in the Shadow of a Pandemic: Communicative Insights.” [READ MORE]

Tucker Center’s Silva-Breen featured on transgender athletes in sport podcast

Michael Lyne, journalism student at the University of Minnesota, interviewed Hannah Silva-Breen, master's student in the School of Kinesiology's sport psychology program and research assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport [READ MORE]

LaVoi and colleagues publish in Gender, Work & Organization

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, co-authored a Gender, Work & Organization article, "Elite women coaches negotiating and resisting power in football." [READ MORE]

LaVoi interviewed on ABC about woman basketball coach, Muffet McGraw

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was recently interviewed on ABC 57 about Muffet McGraw’s legacy as the Notre Dame Women's Basketball Head Coach and the underrepresentation of women coaches in general. [READ MORE]

LaVoi takes part in 5th International ICOACHKIDS Conference

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, participated in two panels at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention in Las Vegas. [READ MORE]

LaVoi panelist at Intercollegiate Tennis Association annual convention

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, participated in two panels at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention in Las Vegas. [READ MORE]

Salo discusses the role of coaches in People+Sport Magazine

Kinzee Salo, Master's graduate from the School of Kinesiology, was recently interviewed by People+Sport Magazine for the article entitled, "When Coaching Sport isn't all About Coaching Sport". [READ MORE]

LaVoi gives opening keynote at international conference

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be a panelist for a special Athlete Assessments webinar, "Coaches Who Lift Coaches." [READ MORE]

LaVoi posts research article on women coaches

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, has posted a article with Global Sports Matters, "Women Coaches Face Greater Professional and Personal Obstacles Than Men." [READ MORE]

LaVoi to be panelist on “Coaches Who Lift Coaches” webinar

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be a panelist for a special Athlete Assessments webinar, "Coaches Who Lift Coaches." [READ MORE]

Global Sport Matters taps LaVoi to moderate live panel

In "The Journey of Women in Basketball," the next Global Sport Matters GSMLive on November 12, 12PM CST, Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will moderate a panel including Amira Rose Davis, Kyle Adams, MEd, and Nikki Fargas of the Las Vegas Aces.. [READ MORE]

Antunovic publishes a chapter on the media visibility of women’s American football

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and affiliated scholar with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is lead author on a chapter titled, "'Getting noticed, respected, and supported’: Mediated (in)visibilities of women’s American football in the United States" published in an edited collection of The Professionalisation of Women’s Sport: Issues and Debates. [READ MORE]

Tucker Center’s Report Card research cited in Strib article on MIAC coaching milestone

Data from the Tucker Center's "Head coaches of women's collegiate teams in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: 2020-2021" report, the latest in the TC's Women in College Coaching Report Card (WCCRC) series, has been cited in a Star and Tribune article. [READ MORE]

LaVoi, Antunovic and Tucker Center affiliated scholars pen research article

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center, and Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, have written a Frontiers in Sports and Active Living research article entitled "Re-thinking Women's Sport Research: Looking in the Mirror and Reflecting Forward." [READ MORE]

LaVoi on Token CEO vodcast with Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is a guest of Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini in a YouTube vodcast, "Why Are We Erasing Women Athletes?" [READ MORE]

Emerita professor Mary Jo Kane comments on recent NCAA ruling

Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology professor emerita and director emerita and founder of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, was interviewed for a Christian Science Monitor article, "How ‘name, image, likeness’ rights change the game for NCAA athletes." [READ MORE]

LaVoi and Antunovic authors of chapter in Contemporary Sport Management

Nicole LaVoi, PhD, senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center, along with Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor, have co-authored a chapter entitled, "Sociological Aspects of Sport Management", in the journal, Contemporary Sport Management. [READ MORE]

Premier Sport Psychology features Kinesiology’s LaVoi in podcast

Premier Sport Psychology's "Hold Fast Podcast" features Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, as an invited speaker for Episode 15, "Leadership, Culture, and Leadership Culture." [READ MORE]

TC affiliated scholar Doug Hartmann with The Nation’s Dave Zirin event on “The Kaepernick Effect”

On Monday, September 27, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST), Tucker Center affiliated scholar Doug Hartmann, PhD, professor in the U of M's Department of Sociology, will engage in a public conversation on "The Power of Athletes" with Dave Zirin, prolific sports editor for The Nation, about Zirin's engaging and important new book, The Kaepernick Effect. [READ MORE]

LaVoi to speak at 2021 Breakthrough Digital Leadership Summit for Women in Sport

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is an invited speaker at the 2021 Breakthrough Digital Leadership Summit for Women in Sport, December 14, 2021. LaVoi will give a breakout session entitled "Women Coach Data," sharing new data from the Women in College Coaching Report Card. [READ MORE]

Antunovic presents at 9th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology in Croatia

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology in the School of Kinesiology and affiliated scholar with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, is lead author on a paper titled "Sport, Gender, and Audience Engagement: An Analysis of Broadcasters' Social Media Pages" presented at the 9th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology in Croatia. [READ MORE]

LaVoi to present at 8th Annual IWG World Conference in Auckland

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will present at the 8th International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women & Sport in Auckland, New Zealand, May 5-8, 2022. [READ MORE]

LaVoi is guest speaker for the “Pass it Forward” women’s coaches clinic

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be speaking for the “Pass it Forward” Women’s Coaches Clinic hosted by University of Maine women’s basketball coach Amy Vachon, on September 19, 2021, in the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME. [READ MORE]

Antunovic publishes a chapter on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and affiliated scholar with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, published a chapter titled, "Beyond the World Cup: Women’s Football in Central-Eastern Europe" in an edited collection of 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer’s Biggest Stage. [READ MORE]

Tucker Center research cited in head coach appointment to mentorship program

The Tucker Center's "2020-2021 Women in College Coaching Report Card" provided data cited in a University of Texas Rio Grande Valley post, "Coach Hicks to Serve as Mentor in Female Coaching Mentorship Program." [READ MORE]

TC Talks podcast: Cultural narratives about women in sport

The Tokyo Olympic Games was a pivotal moment for women in sport but the narrative still needs equalizing. On this week’s episode (S3E13), Tucker Center Director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi discusses disruptions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games... [READ MORE]

LaVoi is interviewed on SiriusXM’S Doctor Radio

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was recently interviewed on SiriusXM Radio’s “Doctor Radio” channel 110, hosted by Drs. Dennis Cardone and Cordelia Carter, both from NYU Langone Health. [READ MORE]

Tucker Center research project on corporate social advocacy receives award

A research project conducted by scholars at the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport received the Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference. [READ MORE]

TC Talks podcast: Tucker Center Gender Equity Interns recap

Joining Tucker Center Director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi in this episode [S3E12] is the Tucker Center team of ten Gender Equity Summer Interns [READ MORE]