Sociology of sport (children’s sport; women’s sport; nationalism; sport in developing nations; sport and higher education). A geographic area of interest is Central America, with a special emphasis on Nicaragua.
Michael Malec’s main area of research is in the sociology of sport, with a special focus on children’s sport, nationalism, and sport in developing nations. His primary teaching responsibilities are for the required introductory statistics course for both undergraduate and graduate students. He also has a developing interest in the sociology of Central America, with a special emphasis on Nicaragua.
courses Typically taught
SC123 - The Nicaragua Experience
SC200 - Statistics
SC359 - Sports in Society
SC702 - Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
UN245 - Freshman Topic Seminar
Professional Activities and Awards
Editor, Journal of Sport and Social Issues (1986-1992).
President, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (2000-2001).
Distinguished Service Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (2006).
2007 - College Sports. In Higher Education: Open for Business (ed. Christian Gilde). Read the Abstract. Landham, MD: Lexington Books.
1997 - Robinson and Worrell: Athletes as Agents of Social Change. Pdf document. Pp. 412-418 in Journal of Sport and Social Issues 21:4. (With H. Beckles.)
1997 - Gender Equity in Athletics. Pp. 209-218 in Gregg Lee Carter (ed.), Perspectives on Current Social Problems. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
1995 - The Social Role of Sports in Caribbean Societies. New York: Gordon & Breach. National Library of Australia.
1993 - Essential Statistics for Social Research (2nd ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
1993 - Patriotic Symbols in Intercollegiate Sports During the Gulf War. Read the Abstract. Pp. 98-106 in the Sociology of Sport Journal 10(1).