The (Gendered) Experiences of Female Faculty Members in Two Health and Kinesiology Departments Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of the current study was to explore how a relatively overlooked population of sport-related professionals, female faculty members in health and kinesiology departments in the United States, have interpreted and navigated the cultural fields of gender, sport, and education. Employing qualitative methodology and coupling Connell’s concept of hegemonic masculinity with Bourdieu’s concepts of practice, habitus, field, capital, and agency, ten female faculty members from two health and kinesiology departments discussed sport, in relation to gender, as being both empowering and limiting during their respective lifetimes. Despite these two very different effects, gender, sport and sport participation were significant in shaping these women, both personally and professionally. The implications of the findings and suggestions for future works are provided.

published proceedings

  • Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Sartore, M., & Cunningham, G. B.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Sartore, Melanie||Cunningham, George B

publication date

  • October 2014