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Jane Stangl

Lecturer in Exercise & Sport Studies and Dean of the First-Year Class

Jane Stangl


College Hall 101B


Jane Stangl is the dean of the first-year class. She is responsible for overseeing the academic progress of entering first-year students, and is a source of academic as well as personal advice. Dean Stangl works closely with our Smith Reads program as well as our liberal arts advising program.

Dean Stangl spent a number of years as a member of the exercise and sport studies department. She earned her bachelor of science in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, her master's in sociology from Bowling Green State University and her doctorate in physical cultural studies from the University of Iowa. Stangl teaches a graduate course on the sociocultural analysis of sport and and has served as the president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS). She continues to teach IDP courses, focusing primarily on Native American culture and sport, and occasional sessions on first-year summer readings.

As an undergraduate, Stangl engaged in Southeast Asian studies at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. She enjoys reading, swimming and traveling, and dabbles in calligraphy and woodwork. An intercollegiate athlete and coach in her former life—she is an avid golfer of amateur ability but professional teaching status and works with professionally associated day clinics for women during the summer months.

Selected Publications/Presentations

Stangl, Jane M., “What a Foucauldian Approach might do for the Loss of the Female Coach,” in Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching, Potrac, P., Gilbert, W and J. Denison, eds. 2013, pp. 400-410.

Stangl, Jane M., "Who cares about the decline of women coaches? [Foucauldian's might!]" (paper presentation for the North American Society of the Sociology of Sport, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, 5 November, 2009.)

"Leveling the Playing Field: Promoting Gender Equity through Coaching Education," Christine M. Shelton and Jane M. Stangl, et al. (panel presentation of Smith's ESS Graduate Program, at quadrennial International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women Conference, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 18 July 2009.)

Stangl, Jane M., "Eastern Influences on Western Sport: Appropriating Buddhism in the G/Name of Golf." International Journal of Religion and Sport, Vol. 1, 21–33, 2009.

Stangl, Jane M., "A Unique College Nickname or Another White Man's Indian? George Helgesen Fitch and the Case of SiwashCollege," Journal of Sport History, 35(2), 195–220, 2008.

Stangl, Jane M., "White Sauvage-ry: Revisiting the Collegians and Coeds of Old Siwash College." In Linda K. Fuller, ed., Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspective and Media Representations, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, 71-81.

Stangl, Jane M., "Naming is Not Enough: Welcome to Vancouver, where Siwash is a Rock" (paper presented at annual meeting for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 3 November, 2006).

Stangl, Jane M., "On the Cusp or at the Center: Pre-suppositions and post-consequences of Being in Title IX,"(presentation at Women and Sport: Before, During and After Title IX Conference, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, February 2005).

Stangl, Jane M. and Nanci Young, Archival Photo Exhibit, "Building History: From the First Gymnasium to Ainsworth and Olin," prepared for Olin Fitness Center Grand Opening, February 2004. Currently displayed in the lower level of Scott Gymnasium, Smith College.

Department of Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College, [Siegel, Don, Jim Johnson, Lynn Oberbillig, Christine Shelton and Jane Stangl,] "Coaching Education: Knowledge, Skills and Values," (departmental presentation at annual meeting of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2004.)

Stangl, Jane M., book review of Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy, by King, C. Richard and Charles Fruehling Springwood, Sport History Review, 33(2), 145–146, 2002.

Stangl, Jane Marie and M.J. Kane, "Structural Variables that Offer Explanatory Power for the The Underrepresentationof Women Coaches Since Title IX: The Case of Homologous Reproduction,"Sociology of Sport Journal, 8(1), 47–60, 1991.


Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.S., Bowling Green State University
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point