Sport Fandom Researcher Daniel L. Wann, Ph.D. to Speak at KWS Research Forum, Thursday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, WS 434
The Kemmons Wilson School Research Forum will feature the talk "The ABCs of Sport Fandom: What We Know and Where We Should Go" by Daniel L. Wann Thursday, April 12 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in WS 434 (in the Holiday Inn).
Daniel L. Wann, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Murray State University and a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Dr. Wann has been studying the psychology of sport fans and spectators since the mid 1980s, with a particular interest in fan identification (i.e., a fan's psychological connection to a team), spectator violence, and the actions of parents as spectators at youth sporting events. Professor Wann has published two books (Sport Psychology, Prentice Hall, 1997; Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Spectators, Routledge, 2001), authored over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and has given over 100 conference presentations on the topic of sport fans and parental involvement in sport. He currently serves on the editorial review board for multiple journals (e.g., Sport Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Sport Behavior), and was invited to serve on the inaugural review boards for the Journal of Fandom Studies, the Journal of Amateur Sports, and the Journal of Intercollegiate Sports). He was founder and initial director of the Sport Fandom Special Interest Group for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He, along by Professor Nyla Branscombe, developed the Sport Spectator Identification Scale, the first comprehensive measure assessing fan allegiance to a team. This scale has been used in approximately 400 empirical studies, translated into over a dozen languages, and is included in numerous indexes including APA's PsycTESTS database.
Professor Wann has been interviewed by over 300 media outlets including newspaper and magazine (e.g., Time, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated), radio (e.g., talk-net, sport-talk, NPR), and television (e.g., ESPN, CNN, CNBC, HBO). He has been hired as a consultant to several national businesses and sport organizations (e.g., the Professional Golfers' Association, Taylor Made Golf, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, ARAMARK/Major League Baseball, Proctor & Gamble, National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Football League Players Association/Harvard Medical School) to assist them in their understanding of sport fans and he has been hired as an expert witness for multiple cases involving sport fandom. Dr. Wann has received numerous awards for his teaching, research and service including the Murray State University Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, the Murray State University College of Humanities and Fine Arts Outstanding Researcher Award (twice), the Murray State University Alumni Foundation Distinguished Researcher Award, a "Top 20 in 20" award from the Sport Marketing Association recognizing one of his publications as one of the most influential in Sport Marketing Quarterly, the 2017 Premier Paper Award for articles published in the Journal of Global Sport Management, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Service Excellence Award, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award ,the Dale Pease Award for Contributions to the Study of Fan Behavior, the Murray State University Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence, and he is a multiple recipient of the Murray State University Department of Psychology Teacher of the Year Award.
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