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.

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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.

Esports and Governance in American Higher Education Welch Suggs

D. Welch Suggs (2022). Esports and Governance in American Higher Education. In Hoffman, J.L., K. Varzeas, & R. Pauketat (Eds.), Collegiate Esports: Developing Competition & Community for the Higher Education Practitioner. […]

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When it is Necessary to Win: Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh and Athletics at the University of Notre Dame Welch Suggs

D. Welch Suggs (2022). In Ream, T. (Ed.), When it is Necessary to Win: Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh and Athletics at the University of Notre Dame. In Hesburgh of Notre […]

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What if amateurism turned into entrepreneurialism? Welch Suggs

Hoffman, J.L. and Suggs, D.W., Jr (2021), What if amateurism turned into entrepreneurialism? Abstract: When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA can’t limit educational benefits provided to college […]

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Myles Brand’s Collegiate Model and the Post-Amateurism World of College Sports Welch Suggs

Abstract: One of Myles Brand’s key contributions as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association was the development of what he called the “collegiate model of college sports.” In this […]

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Teaching Specialties

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.


About: Vicki Michaelis is the director of the John Huland Carmical Sports Media Institute at UGA. She teaches classes in the institute’s undergraduate Sports Media Certificate program.

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M.S., Journalism, Northwestern University
B.S., Journalism, Northwestern University

Service Interests and Activities

Prof. Michaelis works to give students real-world experience in covering high school, college, professional, Olympic and adaptive sports. Sports media students have covered the 2018 and 2016 Olympics, the 2018 Warrior Games, the 2016 Paralympics and the 2013 Final Four for professional media outlets. Through the Carmical Sports Media Institute study abroad program, students will cover the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia for The Associated Press. 

In Prof. Michaelis’ classes, students produce written, video and audio stories about UGA and high school sports. She established a partnership with the local NPR station, WUGA, to air student-produced stories. The stories became part of a series that has won multiple state and national awards. Her students’ written stories have been published by outlets including USA Today,, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Athens Banner-Herald

Prof. Michaelis created the UGA-Grady High School Sports Broadcast Program, which trains high school students and advisors in underrepresented and/or underserved communities across Georgia to produce live broadcasts of their school’s sports events. The program donates broadcast equipment to the schools and exposes the students to college and career opportunities in sports broadcast and production.

Teaching Specialties

Sports media skills, including deadline event coverage, multi-platform storytelling, live-event broadcasting, studio-show production, social media production, and enterprise reporting and writing. Also topics involving the interplay of sports and society, politics and culture.


Vicki Michaelis joined the UGA faculty after 21 years as a sports journalist, the last 12 as the lead Olympics reporter for USA Today. She also covered NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and major college sports stories as USA Today’s Denver bureau sports writer. She was part of the newspaper’s transformation in the digital age, expanding her skills as USA Today established itself on digital platforms. Prior to joining USA Today, she worked at The Denver Post, where her beats included University of Colorado football and the Denver Nuggets. She began her career at The Palm Beach Post, covering high school sports, major college sports, professional tennis and the NBA. She taught sports reporting as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado for four years. She is a past president and chairperson of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). In 2022, AWSM honored her with the organization’s Ann Miller Service Award.