GERALD R. GEMS
Athletic Training Workshop,
American Red Cross Instructor, Claremont, California, 1979-85.
Education Institute, Eastern Connecticut
1988-2002 North Central College, Health and Physical Education Department Chairperson. Assistant Professor, 1988-94; Associate Professor, 1994-1999; 1999, Full Professor.
1985-88 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, Physical Education Department.
1979-85 Athletic Director, Physical Education Department Head, Teacher - American and European history, Physical Education, The Webb Schools, Claremont, California.
of Students, Summer Studies Program, The
1978-79 Athletic Director, Physical Education Department Head, Intramural Director, Teacher - Physical Education, The Carol Morgan School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE
Football, Track, Basketball, Baseball, Softball
HONORS AND AWARDS
2002 Who’s Who Among
Award for Faculty Scholarship,
2002 Who’s Who Among
1999-2003 Illinois Humanities Council, "Roads Scholar"
1996 Dissinger Award for
1995 NEH grant for
1994 Midwest Faculty Seminar,
1992 Lilly Foundation grant for interdisciplinary study
1986-87 Phi Alpha Epsilon, National Honor Society
graduate teaching assistantship,
1984 American Heart Association, certificate of appreciation
1984 American Red Cross, certificate of appreciation
Honors List, Northeastern Illinois University, Awarded
1974-75 Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society
1974-75 Listed in Who's Who in American Junior Colleges
Organization of American Historians
National Association of Sport and Physical Education
North American Society for Sport History
North American Sport Sociology Association
International Sport Sociology Association
International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport
National Assoc. for Girls' and Women’s Sport
Professional Football Researchers Association
National Geographic Society
National Association for Ethnic Studies
International Society for History of Physical Education and Sport, Scientific Committee
Distinguished Lectures Committee, North American Society For Sport History, 1995-1997
Book Reviews, Co-Editor, Journal of Sport History, 1996-2000, 2002-present
Book reviews, Editor, Journal of Sport History, 2000-2001
North American Society for Sport History, President – elect, 2001-2002
North American Society for Sport History, Program Committee Chair, 2001-2002
Article reviewer, Journal of Sport History, 1991-present
Editorial Board, Football Studies Journal, 2001-present
North American Society for Sport History, president, 2003-present
Library Committee, 1992-93
Teacher Education Committee, 1993, Chair, 1994, 1995
Faculty Elections Committee, 1994, Chair, 1995, 1996
Faculty Personnel Committee, 1996-2000
Master of Arts Liberal Studies 1998 National Convention, Site Selection and Entertainment Committees
PUBLICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
2000 For Pride, Profit, and Patriarchy: Football and the Incorporation of American
City Wars: Labor, Leisure, and Sport in the Making of
1995 editor and compiler, Sports in North America: A Documentary History, Volume 5, 1880-1900 (Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press).
Johnson and the Quest for Racial Respect,” in Sport and the Racial Mountain
2004 “The American Imperial Crusade: Race, Religion, and Sport in the Pacific,” in Race and Sport: The Struggle For Equality on and Off the Field (Jackson,
and Imperialism in
and Recreation in the Midwest,” The Midwest (
2004 “Negotiating A Native American Identity Through Sport: Assimilation,
Adaptation, and the
Role of the Trickster,” in Telling Achievements: Native American Athletes in American Sport and
The Rise of Sport at a Jewish Settlement House: The
Institute, 1908-1921" in Sports and the American Jew (New York: Syracuse University Press, 1998), 146-159.
1997 "Selling Sport and Religion in American Society: Bishop Sheil and the Catholic Youth Organization," in The New American Sport History (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996), 300-311.
1996 “Sport in a Multicultural World,” Models of Interdisciplinarity (Chicago: Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, 1996).
1994 "An Interdisciplinary Course in Sport and Society," Essays on Integrating Professional and Liberal Studies (North Central College, 1994), 19-24.
1994 "Sport And The Americanization of Ethnic Women," in George Eisen and David Wiggins, Eds. Ethnicity and Sport in North American History and Culture (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), 177-200.
2004 “The Politics of Boxing: Resistance, Religion, and Working Class
Assimilation”: International Sports Journal 8:1 (Winter 2004), 89-103.
Athletic Crusade: Sport and Colonialism
International Journal of the History of Sport 21:1 (Jan. 2004), 1-15.
2004 “Baseball and
Studies, 24:1, (2004).
2002 “Lessons My Father Taught Me,” Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature
XIX:2 (Spring, 2002), 99-104.
2001 “The Athlete as Trickster,” Ethnic Studies Review, (Winter 2001) 24:1-3, 48-57.
2000 with Linda Borish, "Introduction: Ethnicity, Gender, and Sport in Diverse
Historical Contexts, Journal of Sport History, 27:3 (Fall 2000), 377-381.
2000 "Welfare Capitalism and Blue Collar Sport: The Legacy of Labor Unrest,"
Rethinking History (Fall 2000), 43-58.
1999 "Sports, War, and Ideological Imperialism," Peace Review, 11:4 (Winter 1999),
1999 "A Response to Playing Indian," American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 23:2 (1999), 133-135.
1998 “The Construction, Negotiation, and Transformation of Racial Identity in American Football,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 22:2 (July 1998), 131-150.
1998 “Football and the Challenge to Cultural Hegemony,” International Sports Journal, 2:1 (Winter 1998), 1-16.
1997 ”Football and Cultural Values,” College Football Historical Society 10:4 (August 1997), 1-4.
Prep Bowl: Sport, Religion, and Americanization in
1996 "The Neighborhood Athletic Club: An Ethnographic Study of the Working Class Athletic Fraternity," Colby Quarterly (March 1996), 36-44.
Shot: The Development of Basketball in the African-American Community of
1995 "Sport and the Forging of a Jewish-American Culture: The Chicago Hebrew Institute," Journal of American Jewish History, 83 (March 1995), 15-26.
1994 "A Fine Gesture or A Tarnished Victory?" Strategies (June 1994), 27-28.
1993 "Working Class Women and Sport: An Untold Story," Women In Sport and Physical Activity Journal, (Spring 1993), 17-30.
1993 "Sport, Religion, and Americanization: Bishop Sheil and the Catholic Youth Organization," in International Journal of the History of Sport (August, 1993), 233-241.
1993 "Aerobic Ball: Making Fitness Fun,"
1993 "The Measure of a True Champion", Strategies, (Feb. 1993).
Whole to Parts and Back Again: The Fragmentation of Physical Education,"
Education: A Clash of Cultures in Progressive
"Not Only a Game,"
1988 "Shooting Stars: The Rise & Fall of Blacks in Professional Football," Bob Braunwart, ed. Professional Football Researchers Association Annual, 1988, 1-18.
1988 "Cognitive Review in a Baseball Format," Journal of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, August 1988, 22-23.
1988 "Self-Motivation! It's Easy! It Works!" Strategies, 1:4 (March 1988), 28-29.
2005 It’s Hardly Sportin’: Stadiums, Neighborhoods and the New Chicago, Book Review, International Journal of the History of Sport.
2005 “Sport, Religion, and Rejuvenation,” Book Review of Clifford Putney, Muscular Christianity Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
2005 “Building The South Side,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Sports Leagues,” Encyclopedia of the
2004 3 entries, Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies (Taylor and Francis).
2003 2 entries, Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society (Macmillan Reference).
2003 contributor, 6 entries, African-Americans in Sport (M.E. Sharpe Pub.)
2002 “Taking In A Game” book review, Journal of Sport History
Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in American (
2001 Harold “Red” Grange, Scribner’s Encyclopedia of American Lives Sports Volume
2001 contributor, 2 entries, Boyhood in America: An Encyclopedia
2001 contributor, 2 entries,
with Linda Borish, Boyhood in
Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2001).
2000 co-editor with Linda Borish, Journal of Sport History, special issue, "Ethnicity, Gender and Sport in Diverse Historical Contexts,” 27:3 (Fall 2000).
2000 "When Football Was Football," book review, Football Studies
2000 with Mary Lord,
"When Cheers turn into jeers (and tears),"
2000 George Kirsch, Othello Harris, and Claire Nolte, eds. "Catholic Youth Organization," and “Ethnic Football,” Encyclopedia of Ethnic Sports in the United States (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press), 93-94, 161-165.
1999 "The Sunday Game: At the Dawn of Professional Football," book review, Sport History Review, 30, 198-199.
1998 "Boxiana I", book review, Journal of Sport History, 25:3 (Fall 1998), 565.
1998 “The War of the Fists,” book review, International Journal of the History of Sport.
1998 contributor, 5 entries, Encyclopedia of Chicago.
Youth Organization,” George Kirsch, ed., Encyclopedia of Ethnic Sports in
1997 contributor, 3 entries, Encyclopedia of Chicago History.
University: The Rise, Decline, and Fall
of Big-Time Football at
1995 contributor, five biographies, Biographical Dictionary of American Sports (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995).
1994 contributor, five biographies, European Immigrant Women (New York: Garland Publishing, 1994).
1993 contributor, seven biographies, American National Biography (Cary, N.C.: Oxford University Press, 1993).
1993 "Fritz Pollard: Pioneer in Racial Advancement," book review, in the International Journal of the History of Sport. (April 1993), 114-15.
1993 Contributor, five biographies, David L. Porter, ed., Biographical Dictionary of American Sport (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993).
1992 contributor, two biographies, American National Biography (Cary, N.C: Oxford University Press, 1992).
Positive Approach to Coaching Young Athletes," written for national
distribution by the Youth Sport Coalition Project,
1991 "Women In Sport, 1890-1990," book review, Journal of Sport History (Winter, 1991), 387-8.
1991 "Beyond the Box Score," review essay, Journal of Sport History (Summer 1991), 310-11.
1991 "A Breath of Fresh Air," review essay, Journal of Sport History (Summer 1991), 302-3.
1991 "Does Subjective Evaluation of Students' Performance Have Any Place In Grading Practices?" Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 62:4 (April 1991):10.
1990 "Arch: A Promoter, Not A Poet," book review, in Journal of Sport History, (Winter 1990), 386-88.
1989-1988 "Early Women Baseball Players: A Case in Subjugation and Transformation," Base Woman, (December/January), 1988-1989.
in the Olympics: Progress or Public
Relations,” North American Sport Sociology Conference,
Religion, and Gendered Bodies,”
Sarah Eikleberry, “Lara Croft: A
Deconstruction,” Popular Culture Association of the South,
1904 Anthropology Days and the Construction of Whiteness,” International
Conference on the 1904 Olympics,
and Physical Education from an American Perspective,”
2004 “Gender, Race, and
Whiteness, and Sport in the Olympics,” International Olympic Academy,
2004 “Race, Whiteness, and Masculinity in Sport,” Sport, Culture and Changing
Multiple Lives of Sport Historians,” North American Society for Sport History
Art, and the Construction of Masculinity,” Center for Sport, Ethics and
2003 “Baseball and Americanization,” Center for Sport, Ethics and Culture,
Religion, and Sport in the Americanization of Non-White Groups,” International
Society for the History of Sport Conference,
2003 “Professional Sport in the City of Big Shoulders, 1883-1930,” Commentary,
Historical Association convention,
2002 “Sport, Race, and American Imperialism,” Porter L. Fortune Symposium,
Interdisciplinary Uses of
Bushido, and the American Sporting Influence in
Colonialism, and the Reconstruction of Nature,” Congress of the International
Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport,
Athletic Crusade: Sport and Colonialism in the
For Sport History Convention,
Trickster as Athlete, " North American Society For Sport History
2000 chair and commentator, "Children's Expression of the Sacred in Chicago's Public Spaces During the 19th and 20th Centuries," at Children in Urban America Conference, at Marquette University, Milwaukee, May 6, 2000.
"The Politics of Boxing: Resistance, Religion, and
Working Class Assimilation," North American Society for Sport History,
Capitalism and Blue Collar Sport: The Legacy of Labor Unrest," Great Lakes
American Studies Convention,
"Football and American Cultural Traits,"
Football in American Life Conference, Pro Football Hall of Fame,
“The Construction, Negotiation, and Transformation of
Racial Identity in American Football,” North American Society for Sport History
City Wars,” keynote speaker, Eastern Illinois Historical Administration
Conference, presented April 4,
1997 “Football and the Establishment of American Cultural Values,” presented May 2 at Chicago Seminar on Sport and Culture, Newberry Library.
and the Challenge to Cultural Hegemony,” presented at the Great Lakes American
Chicago Seminar on Sport and Culture,
Leadership, Ethics, and Values Conference: Sport in a Multicultural World,
The European Connections and American Transformations," presented at
Leadership, Ethics and Values Conference,
speaker, National Sport and Physical Education Week,
1995 "The Prep Bowl: Football as Civic Theater and Acculturation Ritual," presented at the North American Society for Sport History Convention, May 26-30, California State University, Long Beach.
Neighborhood Athletic Club: An
Ethnographic Study of the Working-Class Athletic Fraternity," Presented at
The North American Society For Sport History Convention; May 27-31,
1993 Organizer and presider, "Sport, Race, and Ethnicity" session of the Sport Sociology Academy at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Washington, D.C., Mar. 24-28, 1993.
1993 "Blocked Shot: The Development of Basketball in the African-American Community of Chicago," presentation delivered at the North American Society for Sport History Convention, May 28-June 1, 1994 at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1992 "Selling Sport and Religion in American Society: Bishop Sheil and the Catholic Youth Organization," presented at the North American Society for Sport History Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 24, 1992.
1992 Curriculum Values: A Critique of the Dominant Ideology", presented at the National Assoc. for Ethnic Studies Convention, Boca Raton, Florida, March 6, 1992.
Great Wasn't Good Enough: The Black
Sport Experience," presented at the
North American Society for Sport History Convention in
"Sport History Teaching and Pedagogy," North American Society For
Sport History Convention,
for Play: Sport and Industrial
Interdisciplinary Approach to Physical Education," presented at the
Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
1990 Sport and the Affirmation of Cultural Identity,"
Culture Assoc. of the South Conv.,
Emergence of A Women's Sporting Culture," North American Society for Sport
1988 "Sport and Cultural Transformation in Chicago" presentation delivered at the North American Society for Sport History Convention, Tempe, Arizona May 22, 1988.
1984 "Fund Raising: The Auction," presentation delivered at California Interscholastic Federation Athletic Directors' Symposium and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Convention, Anaheim, California, November 6, 1984.
2002 WTTW (PBS, Chicago),
Jay Smith, Producer,
2001 editorial advisory board, Encyclopedia of Native Americans and Sport
2001 Walden Media, Chip Terry, producer, Jim Thorpe (Television Movie)
Chicago Historical Society, Sport in
Reader's Guide to Women's Studies (