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Andrew Meyer
Andrew Meyer

Andrew R. Meyer, PhD.

Assistant Professor

Baylor University

College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR

One Bear Place #97313

Waco, Texas 76798-7313

Phone: 254-710-4030

Email: Andrew_Meyer@baylor.edu

Degrees:

Ph.D. Kinesiology, The University of Illinois, 2010

M.S. Philosophy, University of Montana, 2003

B.A. Philosophy, Bridgewater State College, 2001

Principal Publications:

Meyer, Andrew. R. (2012) "Muscular Christian Themes in Contemporary American Sport: A Case Study." The Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.

Meyer, Andrew. R.(2012) "Radical Orthodoxy & Lance Armstrong: Shedding Light on Sport as a Religious Experience." Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. 24(3), p. TBD. - In Press.

Meyer, Andrew R. (2010) "Jewish and Christian movements and sport." Routledge Handbook of Sport Development. Ed. Barrie Houlihan & Mick Green. London: Routledge.

Awards

James Scholars Program Mentor "Outstanding Service 2009-2010." University of Illinois
Center for Teaching Excellence list of "Teachers Ranked as Excellent." University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (Outstanding Ranking), 2010; (Outstanding Ranking), Fall 2007, 2008, 2009
Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Bridgewater State College, 2001
Graduated Cum Laude, Bridgewater State College, 2001
Theology Gold Award, Xaverian Brothers High School, 1997

Research Interests:

My research examines the interplay between athletes, contemporary American sport culture and religion. More specifically, I examine how historical muscular Christian values and themes persist in contemporary American sport, and how this is evidenced through media representations of athlete hero-icons. My research continues to examine muscular Christian themes found in the media characterization of American cyclist Lance Armstrong and other "hero" athletes. My other research interests include muscular Judaism, Radical Orthodoxy, sport media, sport ideology in the contemporary social context, disability and health in religious contexts, and meaning creation at "for-cause" athletic events.

Philosophy

At the core of my teaching philosophy is an understanding that my students are individuals that will go on to make their own impact. Two essential ways I see my teaching philosophy in practice are by engaging my students in critical thinking and by creating dynamic courses. My role as an educator is to facilitate an experience so that my students are prepared to engage the world in more dynamic and critical ways. My teaching imparts critical thinking skills and thoughtful approaches to the social world and how to interact with others in meaningful ways. By extension, the advising of students not only provides a mature and broad perspective of their future opportunities, but also allows for a vibrant and dynamic relationship to emerge that will hopefully last a lifetime. It was one of my undergraduate mentors that sent me down my own career path and we continue to foster a professional relationship today. These philosophies are central to the goals of my own teaching and mentoring of students.

Courses Taught:

Sport in Social Context {Graduate}
Sport Psychology {Graduate}
Contemporary Issues in Sport
Sport in Modern Society (Sport, Culture, and Society)
Social Science of Human Movement
Health Education
Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Sport and Physical Education
Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Human Performance
Foundations in Philosophy
Political History of the Holocaust
World Religions
Christian Lifestyle
Beginning Tennis
Aerobic Running
Jogging and Road Running
Water Polo
Volleyball
Weight Conditioning
First Aid/CPR

Personal Interests

I am an avid athlete, who loves to watch and play sport. I am currently an academic advisor to the Baylor Triathlon Club and sit on the planning committee for the Great Brazos Relay. Personally, I train for and compete in marathons and triathlons with my wife Renee.