Core Faculty

Jenny Lind Withycombe

Jenny Lind Withycombe


University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Ethnic Studies, 339 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0339


Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Sport Studies, 2009
Graduate Certificate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Women’s Studies, 2008
M.A., Willamette University - Teaching, 2003
B.A., Willamette University - Psychology, 2002


Dr. Jenny Lind Withycombe, Instructor of Critical Sport Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has over 15 years experience within the field of sport and physical activity as an athlete, coach, consultant, professor, and diversity and inclusion educator.

Dr. Withycombe teaches a variety of courses aimed at critically reflecting upon the impact of sport on a national and global level.  Her courses include: Introduction to Critical Sport Studies; Women, Sport and Culture; and Race and Ethnicity in Sport.  In 2008, Dr. Withycombe was awarded the A.W. Hobt Memorial Teaching Award from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 Dr. Withycombe’s publications touch a variety of disciplines including race and ethnic studies, gender studies, sport psychology, sport sociology, and the qualitative research of sport.  Her numerous international and national presentations focus on her areas of research interest including creating and sustaining diversity and inclusion in sport organizations and women’s sport experiences, particularly those of women of color as well as mothers with young children.

In addition to her academic duties, Dr. Withycombe is the CEO of Withycombe Consulting, a company through which she conducts workshops, talks, and planning sessions all over the United States and Canada focusing on the issues of diversity and inclusion found within educational institutions and sport.  Through her teaching and consulting practice, Dr. Withycombe helps students and professionals understand and develop a cultural consciousness around sport and physical activity, a skill vital to educational and athletic institutions for sustaining growth and change.

Selected Publications

Withycombe, J.L. (2013). The Changing Face of Rowing: Creating and Sustaining Diversity and Inclusion within Your Program. USRowing Coach’s Manual, Level I/II.  USRowing.

Withycombe, J.L. (2012). Making Waves: Discussion Guide. Shirley Road Productions.

Withycombe, J.L. (2011). Intersecting Selves: African American Female Athletes Experiences of Sport. Sociology of Sport Journal, 28(4), 478-493.

Wrisberg, C.A., Withycombe, J.L., Loberg, L., & Simpson, D. (2011). NCAA Division-I Administrators’ Perceptions of the Benefits of Sport Psychology Services and Possible Roles for a Consultant. The Sport Psychologist, 26(1), 16-28.

Fisher, L.A., Withycombe, J.L., & Prewitt, T.R. (Winter, 2010).  Putting one’s “game face” on: Media representations of female athletes.  The Moving Towards Justice Series: A Project of NAGWS’ Inclusion & Social Justice Committee.

Withycombe, J.L. (Spring, 2009).  More beautiful in motion than standing still.  Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.