My Academic Side

When I’m not in the mountains, volunteering, or restoring vintage video game consoles, my day job is centred in the world of academics. I currently work in the area of research administration, but I also teach history at the post-secondary level.

My research interests focus on the history of sport and recreation in Canada, in particular, gender construction and the sport of angling prior to the mid-twentieth century. I also have an interest in the development of sports such as lacrosse and anything to do with the history of mountains.

In addition to teaching, I also guest lecture for various community groups.

Academic Publications:

 Kossuth, Robert and McMurray, David. “Reclaiming Canada through its ‘Ancient’ Sport: Lacrosse and the Native Sons of Canada in late 1920s Alberta”. The International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 32, Issue 14, 2015, 1642-1660.

McMurray David. “The Charm of Being Loose and Free:’ Nineteenth-Century Fisherwomen in the North American Wilderness”. The International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 30 Issue 12, April 2013, 1-27.

McMurray, David. “‘A Recreation Which Many Ladies Delight In’: Establishing a Tradition of Fisherwomen in Britain and North America Prior to the Mid-Nineteenth Century”. Sport History Review, Vol. 43 Issue 2, November 2012, 128-156.

McMurray, David. “‘Rivaling the Gentleman in the Gentle Art’: The Authority of the Victorian Woman Angler”. Sport History Review, Vol. 39, Issue 2, November 2008, 99-126.

Academic Book Chapters

Kossuth, Robert and David McMurray, “The Impact of Industrialization on Sport, Recreation, and the Environment” in Sport and Recreation in Canadian History edited by Carly Adams, Windsor: Human Kinetics, 2020.

Kossuth, Robert and David McMurray, “Reclaiming Canada through its ‘Ancient’Sport: Lacrosse and the Native Sons of Canada in late 1920s Alberta”in Sport in the Americas: Local, Regional, National, and International Perspectives, edited by Mark Dyreson, New York: Routledge, 2018.

Academic Conference Papers 

McMurray, David and Kossuth, Robert. “‘In the woods of Canada, equality with our brothers and husbands awaits us…’ Gender and Class Constructions in the Sport of Angling on the Frontier Canadian West. Presentation at the Forty-Second Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Glenwood Springs, Colorado, May 30-June 2, 2014.

Kossuth, Robert and McMurray, David. “Reclaiming Canada through its ‘Ancient’ Sport? Lacrosse and the Native Sons of Canada in late 1920s Alberta”.  Presentation at the Forty-First Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 24 – 27, 2013.


Opening Doors: Women Who Fish Have Earned Their Catch by Cathy Newman in Anglers Journal, Spring 2020.


2020 Gold – to our awesome team in the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) – Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award – Leadership in Learning.

2007 University of Lethbridge, Graduate Studies Medal of Merit for Academic Excellence

2006 Government of Alberta, Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence

2006 Keith and Hope Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

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