Dr. Tim Elcombe
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3959
Fax: 519-747-4594 (5050)
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, Room BA505
Office Hours: Tuesdays: 2:30-3:30 PM /Thursdays: 10:30-11:30AM ( Fall 2012)
My general area of scholarship focuses on examining sociocultural aspects of sport and human movement. Within this context, the primary emphasis of my research is applying the methods and ideas of pragmatism to philosophical issues related to sport, the connections between human movement and culture at-large, and how sport can function as a sociopolitical "technology". Research projects fall into roughly four interrelated areas: "Metaphilosophy" or philosophical methods in sport research (i.e. pragmatic methods in relation to other dominant philosophical approaches); applied issues in sport philosophy (i.e. how to address ethical issues such as the appropriate limits of technology use in sport); the history of ideas and their connection to sport and culture (i.e. elite hockey in the 1970s and the relation to Canadian culture); and the design, delivery, and organization of sport and physical activity (i.e. how elite coaches address "competitiveness" with athletes).
Selected Scholarly Activities
Honours, Awards, and Distinctions:
British Philosophy of Sport Association (BPSA) Developing Researcher Award (2010)
Externally Funded Research Projects:
Research Program in Applied Sport Sciences/Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion. (2010). A qualitative analysis of elite athletic coach attitudes, practices, and structural value congruence in training and performance settings. Tim Elcombe and Jill Tracey (co-investigators).
Consultant/Writer (2008). Right to Play Sport for Development: Sport Specific Manual – Basketball development.
Writer (2007-08) International Coaching Education Standards program development (Team Leader Dr. Philip Sullivan, Brock University. Project organized by Right to Play).
Wenn, Stephen, & Elcombe, Tim. (2011). A Path to Peace: Some Thoughts on Olympic Revenue and IOC/USOC Divide. The SAIS Review of International Affairs, 31 (1), 117-133.
Elcombe, Tim. (2010). Thinking Small about Sport: A Philosophical Recovery of Moral Leadership. In Alun Hardman and Carwyn Jones (Eds.) Philosophy of Sport: Global Issues from International Perspectives (pp.6-21). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
Elcombe, Tim. (2007). Reformist America: 'The Oberlin Experiment'—The Limits of Jack Scott's 'Athletic Revolution' in Post-1960s America. In Mark Dyreson and J.A. Mangan (Eds.) Sport and American Society: Exceptionalism, Insularity and Imperialism (pp.115-140). London: Routledge. [Originally published in International Journal of the History of Sport, 22 (6), 1060-1085].
Robertson-Wilson, Jennifer, Tracey, Jill, & Elcombe, Tim (2010, October). Preparing Teacher Candidates to Implement Daily Physical Activity (DPA) in Ontario Schools: A Pilot Study. Presentation at the Council of University Professors and Researchers (CUPR) and Ontario Physical and Health Education Association/Physical and Health Education (OPHEA/PHE) National Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
In the News
Interview for National Post article entitled "Politics a Natural Arena for Cherry" (Written by Graeme Hamilton). Article printed December 9, 2010. Available online at: http://www.nationalpost.com/Politics+natural+arena+Cherry/3949153/story.html
Interview for The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo) article entitled “Wrestling With Steroids” (Written by Greg Mercer). Article printed April 23, 2010, pp.A1, A11
Interview for The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo) article entitled “A Little Competition Can’t Hurt” (Written by Andrew Coppolino). Article printed September 19, 2007, p.D4.
Interview for The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo) article entitled “Keeping Sports Child’s Play” (Written by Andrew Coppolino). Article printed July 28, 2007.
Interview for CBC Sports Olympic documentary entitled “From Athens to Athens” (Produced by Paul Harrington). Segment aired August 15, 2004 during CBC’s primetime Olympic Coverage from Athens, Greece.
Courses Taught 2010/2011
KP241 - Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Physical Activity
KP300 - Principles of Coaching Theory
KP443 - Ethics in Sport, Physical Activity and Health