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, 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 the 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 (now a Coaching & Sport Administration M.S. track) and held the rank of tenured Associate Professor of Sport Administration.
Dr. Kian’s research focuses primarily on sport media, specifically examining areas such as portrayals of gender in media content, new media, attitudes and experiences of sport media members, and marketing of sport to LGBT consumers. He has authored more than 50 journal articles, conference papers, and invited book chapters. His 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 Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sports Media, Men and Masculinities, Newspaper Research Journal, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He is currently guest-editing a special issue of theInternational Journal of Sport Communication, and has served on editorial review boards or as an ad-hoc reviewer for 18 different academic journals. Dr. Kian’s research, journalism, or expertise has been cited by outlets such as 60 Minutes and Fox Sports. His CV and most of his published research articles can be accessed via: http://okstate.academia.edu/EdwardTedMKian
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 sports writer, 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 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 his college radio station.
Edward (Ted) M. Kian
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