Oklahoma State University


Associate Professor and Endowed Welch-Bridgewater Chair in Sports Media

Education and Academic Work Experience:
Dr. Kian earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, although he finished his coursework at Cal State Northridge on student exchange. He earned a master’s in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Sport Administration from Florida State University, where he spent three years as an instructor in Sport Management and was lead teaching tennis professional for the Lifetime Activities Program. Previously he was on the faculty at the University of Central Florida, where he was founding coordinator of the Sport Leadership & Coaching graduate program and held the rank of tenured Associate Professor of Sport Administration. He coordinates and directs all three specializations of the largest undergraduate Sports Media major in the world at Oklahoma State. For more info on the OSU Sports Media programs please visit:

Dr. Kian’s research focuses on sport media, specifically examining portrayals of gender and LGBT in content, new media, attitudes and experiences of sport media members, and marketing of sport. He has authored more than 65 journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters. Dr. Kian’s scholarly research has appeared in top journals from a variety of academic disciplines, including Contemporary Athletics, International Journal of Sport Communication, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Applied Sport Management, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sports Media, Men and Masculinities, Newspaper Research Journal, Sexualities, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He guest-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Sport Communication and has reviewed more than 65 submissions for 22 different academic journals as an editorial-board member or ad-hoc reviewer. Media outlets such as 60 Minutes, Fox Sports, and the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University have cited his research, journalism, and expertise.
His CV and most of his published research articles can be accessed via: http://okstate.academia.edu/EdwardTedMKian

Industry Experience:
Dr. Kian has 15 years of professional experience in sport communications, working in newspapers, magazines, media relations, Internet sites, and radio. His positions included three years as the prep sports editor for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he was among several reporters honored with an Associated Press Sports Editors national award for investigative journalism for their series on shady practices in high school basketball recruiting. Among his other duties for all nine daily publications in the Los Angeles Newspapers Group were general assignment sportswriter, producer and writer for all content in the annual Best in the West football recruiting spectacular, and San Diego Chargers’ training camp beat reporter. He also worked fulltime for Gannett as a sportswriter for the Pensacola News Journal, and served as editor, lead writer, and Web site manager for Horns Illustrated, a magazine that covers University of Texas athletics. Dr. Kian was among the original contracted writers for AOL FanHouse, serving as the lead University of Georgia and an SEC football blogger. Currently he is the NFL Draft expert and a founding partner for SteelersLounge.com, a for-profit blog operated by four professional sportswriters. During his journalism career, Dr. Kian has conducted one-on-one interviews with the likes of George W. Bush, Doug Flutie, LeBron James, Martina Navratilova, Snoop Dogg, Steve Spurrier, and Bubba Watson. He also has experience working for three college athletics programs in media relations or marketing/promotions, and was a sports staff member at the UGA radio station. You can follow Dr. Kian on Twitter @SportMediaProf

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate – Intro to Sports and the Media, Contemporary Sports Media, Sports in the Newsroom (Advanced Multimedia Sports Reporting and Sports Media Production), Sports Public Relations, Sports and Ethics, Legal Issues in Sports and Fitness, Diversity in Sport, Sport History, Ethics in Sport, Race and Ethnicity in Sport, Lesbian and Gay Issues in Sport, Coaching Basketball.

Graduate – Sports Media Management, Social Responsibility in Mass Communication, Marketing and Promoting Sport, Sport Media, Race and Gender in Sport, Creative Component, Thesis/Review of Literature/Practicum, Intro to Sport Administration, Legal Issues in Sport, Historical Aspects of Sport and Physical Education, Ethics in Coaching and Sport, Planning and Operating Facilities for Sport.



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edwardEdward (Ted) M. Kian

Office- 405-744-8206

Cell   - 407-927-5403

311 Paul Miller Building