Dr. Welch Suggs
About: David Welch Suggs, Jr., is an associate professor at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. in July 2011 after careers as a journalist, as a policy advocate, and as a university administrator. Suggs reported for Street& Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education among other publications before coming to UGA, where he earned his Ph.D. in higher education policy from the Institute of Higher Education. Suggs served as associate director for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and assistant to UGA president Michael F. Adams. Suggs moved to the Grady faculty in 2011, and has worked with Vicki Michaelis, the John H. Carmical Chair of Sports Journalism and Society, to develop the Grady Sports Media undergraduate certificate program. In 2016, Suggs was co-PI on an interdisciplinary UGA team that was awarded a $400,000 grant in the Mind Matters Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the NCAA. He is the author of “A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX” (Princeton University Press, 2005). His other research interests include college athletics, how members of the sports media work with sources, and sexual assault and the media.
Ph.D., Higher Education Policy, University of Georgia
Graduate coursework, University of Missouri School of Journalism
B.A., Philosophy, Rhodes College
Research Interests and Activities
The intersection of education, media, policy, and sport, with a particular focus on college sports and women’s sports.
Part of the goal of the International Paralympic Committee is to “touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society.” Media exposure of athletes with permanent physical disabilities may affect the able-bodied population’s perception of people with disabilities in general. We theorized that this change in attitude could occur following parasocial contact with […]Read More
Abstract: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) caused a media uproar locally and nationally in December 2014 when it announced it was dropping its football team, along with bowling and rifle squads. Amid protests by students, fans, and supporters—as well as near-universal negative coverage—the university’ s president announced a reconsideration of the decision in […]Read More
Abstract: Part of the goal of the International Paralympic Committee is to “touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society.” Images of athletes with permanent visible physical disabilities, it is thought by proponents of adaptive sports as well as marketers who use such athletes in campaigns, can change able-bodied people’ s impressions […]Read More
Abstract: The winners, who will each receive a $400,000 award to fund their projects, are among those who answered a call to submit research proposals designed to improve the understanding of how to spur changes in the culture surrounding concussion. The eight were drawn from a field of 22 finalists announced in July.Read More
Editing and writing. Also helping organize student activities to provide experiential learning in sports reporting.
Welch Suggs joined the Grady College faculty in July 2011 after careers as a journalist, as a policy advocate, and as a university administrator. After internships at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Memphis Business Journal, Suggs began his journalism career at The Kansas City Star, covering the headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its decision to relocate from Overland Park, Kan., to Indianapolis. He covered sports and energy for the Dallas Business Journal and was part of the original reporting staff at the launch of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, where he covered stadium and arena issues, college sports, and women’s sports. The Chronicle of Higher Education hired him to be the newspaper’s lead reporter on college sports in 1998, and in 2002 he was promoted to senior editor. He left the Chronicle in 2005 to return to his home state of Georgia and published his first book, “A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX” (2005) with Princeton University Press. From 2005 to 2007, Suggs served as associate director for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2007, University of Georgia president Michael F. Adams hired Suggs for his staff to liaise with the UGA Athletic Association, the NCAA, the Office of University Architects and other units on campus.
Awards and Fellowships
Suggs’ book, “A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX”, was critically acclaimed as the definitive work on the evolution of the law guaranteeing equal access to educational opportunities for men and women, particularly as it applies to sports, and was a finalist for a “Billie” award for outstanding journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation. He is recognized as a leading expert on policy issues in college athletics and women’s sports, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.