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Affiliated Scholars

The Affiliated Scholars program aligns with the center’s goals to:

  • conduct contextualized research (the convergence of sport, religion, and spirituality),
  • disseminate findings from significant studies in the area of sport and religion,
  • engage in collaborative programming (e.g., speakers, webinars, mini-conferences) with our internal and external partners where appropriate.

The program creates a network of scholars who support these goals through their research engagement related to sport and religion. These individuals can be faculty at the University of Tennessee as well as external faculty.


Affiliated scholars are expected to regularly publish research related to sport and religion. Pertaining to these topics, we expect at least one presentation at a national/international conference per year and at least one scholarly publication (i.e., peer-reviewed journal article, book chapter, or book) every two years. Affiliated Scholars provide the center with updated information regarding research activities and publications.


Affiliated scholars become part of a network of active scholars. Their work will be featured on the center’s site and in annual reports. Affiliated scholars receive notification of the center’s events and are welcome to attend. Affiliated scholars can also serve as guest speakers in classes, webinars, or conferences.

Becoming an Affiliated Scholar

We accept affiliated scholars by invitation only. For more information, please contact Lars Dzikus at