I received my PhD in Kinesiology (Sport History/Philosophy) from Penn State University in 2005 and my MHK (Sport Psychology) from the University of Windsor in 1998.
In addition to faculty appointments at Laurier, I previously served as a faculty member at the University of Windsor (1999-2000), Penn State University–Altoona College (2004-05) and Brock University (2006-07).
My general scholarship focuses on sociocultural aspects of sport/human movement. Within this context, my research emphasizes the application of philosophical pragmatism to sporting issues, connections between human movement and culture at-large, and how sport/human movement functions as a sociopolitical "tool." Research projects fall into roughly 4 interrelated areas: philosophical methods in sport research (i.e. pragmatism); applied issues in sport ethics (i.e. uses of emergent technologies in sport); socio-historical ideas/connections to sport and culture (i.e. relationship between hockey and Canadian culture); and the design, delivery, and organization of sport/meaningful movement (i.e. development and elite athletics).
Beginning in August 2019, I will be looking for two students annually for a proposed international tri-institutional master's program (pending approval).
The MKin program in Sport Ethics, Development, Governance, and Enterprise (Sport EDGE) will be a collaboration between Laurier's Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Sport and Health Sciences (Wales), and Otago University's School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science (New Zealand).
Undergraduate students entering fourth year (with the requisite academic standing) may contact Dr. Elcombe to discuss possible KP490 Thesis opportunities related to sport ethics, development, governance, and enterprise.
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