Nauright named chair of UNT KHPR department

John Nauright, an internationally recognized and award winning scholar specializing in sports as related to culture, economics and ethnicity, has been named professor and chair of the University of North Texas' Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, housed in the College of Education.

Nauright comes to UNT from the University of Brighton in England, where he is assistant head of school and director of the Institute of Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Sport and Service Management. He also holds visiting or honorary professorships at universities worldwide, including Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), the University of Ghana, the University of the West Indies (Barbados), and Aarhus University (Denmark).

He will begin his role at UNT on June 1, 2016.

"John is known worldwide as an academic leader who is committed to research and scholarship," said Jerry Thomas, dean of the UNT College of Education. "I am confident he will help us build on our already strong KHPR department and provide a rich learning environment that benefits our students and our faculty."

In his current position at the University of Brighton, Nauright has served as the founding director of the Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies, which aimed to promote the creation and evaluation of sports, leisure and tourism programs as a means to build economic strength, ecological sensitivity and cultural awareness. He helped develop the university's Master of Science degree in sports business management and an executive short course in international sport management.

Prior to his work in Brighton, Nauright served as Professor on the faculty of George Mason University, Georgia Southern University, the University of Abertay (Dundee, Scotland), and also held positions at several other universities including the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Otago (New Zealand) and Queen's University (Canada). As a consultant or visiting professor, he has worked with the University of Ghana, the government of Barbados, Shanghai University of Sport, Al-Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, and JAMK University in Finland, among many others. Nauright is the author or editor of more than 20 books, on topics including rugby, sport in South Africa, the role of sport in social and political activism, and sport and political economy.

Nauright, a native of South Carolina, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. Nauright has two adult daughters, Ashley and Lauren, and will be joined in Denton by his wife, Jenni.