Dissertation Research

Recruiting Participants for Research Study

I am beginning research for my dissertation study entitled, Playing While Black: Self-Presentation and the Black Male Student-Athlete. I am recruiting participants who may fit the established criteria listed below.

My study seeks to examine the processes of self-presentation within Black male student-athletes at the collegiate level. Specifically, I am investigating identity within these individuals and how these identities are enacted in various contexts. Participants will be asked to participate in a minimum of two data collection activities (a one-on-one interview and either an audio diary project, an additional one-on-one interview, or a focus group interview), with each interview lasting approximately 60-90 minutes. I will also be examining Twitter as another form of data collection; however, this does not count towards the two activities that I am asking for your participation and you do not need to provide me with any information besides your Twitter handle. If you choose to participate, you will receive an Amazon gift card valued up to $25 at the conclusion of the study.

You or someone you know could be eligible to participate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as Black, including students who identify as bi- or multiracial.

  • Identify as male or a man, inclusive of individuals on the masculine side of the gender spectrum.

  • Be enrolled at an NCAA member institution.

  • Be an active student-athlete, on a varsity sport roster.

  • Be a second-year or older. This includes red-shirt freshman through graduate transfers.

  • Feel comfortable talking about their identities.

If you or someone you know are interested in participating, please access the demographic survey at this link https://go.osu.edu/playingwhileblack. Before participants can complete the demographic information form, they will need to provide electronic consent. Instructions on how to provide consent will be on the first page of the online survey.

I hope that this research is beneficial to Black male student-athletes, but also influences the ways that athletic departments and higher education institutions serve and support Black student-athletes. This study will also highlight the ways that Black male student-athletes think about and present their identities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your help!