Doctoral Program in Sport Administration
Sport AdministrationDoctoral Program at UofLSport Management is a growing academic discipline. The Ph.D. is forsomeone wishing to pursue a career as a college or university facultymember in Sport Management.A Ph.D. program is by nature a research-oriented degree wherestudents are actively engaged in research teams with faculty membersand other doctoral students. Submitting proposals for presentations atnational and international conferences as well as writing for publicationis encouraged and expected.While there is no typical Ph.D. student, candidates with previous workexperience in the sport industry as well as a clear research focus arepreferred. Sport industry experience is extremely helpful for SportManagement faculty members since our discipline is very hands-onand the students we teach will be preparing for jobs in the industry. Aclear research focus is useful in matching students with advisors andhelping students prepare for a future dissertation topic. While we do notexpect doctoral students to begin the program knowing theirdissertation topic, having an intended research focus helps streamlinea student’s research process while enrolled in the program.The SPAD Ph.D. program at the University of Louisville has attractedstudents from around the world including the United States, Canada,South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Sweden to study withinternationally recognized faculty. Faculty serve on multiple editorialboards, have authored or co-authored eight sport managementtextbooks, and have a long history of engaging Ph.D. students inresearch.When looking for prospective faculty members, employers will look atthe faculty members the student has worked with, the quality of workcoming out of the degree granting institution, and success of previousgraduates. The SPAD program here at UofL clearly meets all theserequirements.We are proud to say every student who graduated from our program isemployed in an appropriate academic or industry position. The jobmarket is extremely competitive and students typically begin applyingfor jobs in the fall of their third year. Students who take advantage ofthe research, teaching, and service opportunities available to themwhile enrolled in the program have been very successful, bothacademically and professionally.
Sport AdministrationOur students have .published in notable peer-reviewed journalsJournal of Sport ManagementSport Marketing QuarterlyEuropean Sport Management QuarterlyInternational Journal of Sport CommunicationInternational Journal of Sport ManagementJournal of Legal Aspects of Sport.presented at national and international conferencesNorth American Society for Sport ManagementEuropean Association for Sport ManagementSport Marketing AssociationSport and Recreation Law AssociationNorth American Society for the Sociology of Sport.won prestigious awards and recognitionBernard Patrick Maloy Graduate Student Research AwardJohn Richard Binford Memorial AwardCEHD Outstanding Graduate Student AwardLaboratory for Diversity in Sport Dissertation grantOur faculty have .authored some of the leading textbooks in the fieldGovernance and Policy in Sport OrganizationsParalympic Sport: All Sports for all PeoplePrinciples and Practice of Sport ManagementSport Law: A Managerial ApproachWomen as Leaders in Sport.served on respected editorial boardsJournal of Sport ManagementSport Marketing QuarterlyJournal of Legal Aspects of SportJournal of Sport for DevelopmentSport Management Education Journal.won prestigious awards and recognitionEarle F. Zeigler AwardBetty van der Smissen Leadership AwardNASSM Diversity AwardResearch Fellow, Institute for Human Centered DesignResearch Fellowship, The Center of Sport in Society
Sport AdministrationSample Plan of StudyThe Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development encompasses fivespecialties: P-12 Administration, Post-secondary Administration, Sport Administration, Human ResourceDevelopment, and Evaluation. It prepares graduates to understand and perform basic and applied researchin their specialty area.Sample Plan of Study for Ph.D. in ELOD with a specialty in Sport AdministrationSPECIALTY COMPONENTS (42 hours minimum)ELFH 710Doctoral Seminar in Educational AdministrationELFH 780Problem Analysis in Educational Leadership ISPAD 701Seminar in Sport Administration ResearchSPAD 702Research Colloquium ISPAD 703Seminar in Sport Consumer ResearchSPAD 705Seminar in Sport and Social IssuesCourses selected with program committee approval33333324RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (27 hours minimum)ELFH 601Statistics and Methodology IELFH 701Statistics and Methodology IIELFH 703Statistics and Methodology IIIELFH 795Dissertation/Portfolio ResearchResearch Electives333126ELECTIVE COMPONENT (21 hours minimum)Courses selected with program committee approval21Previously taken graduate courses can be applied to the specialty component or elective componentof the student’s program (up to 45 hours).
Sport AdministrationSport Administration FacultyProfessor Gary BernsteinGary Bernstein received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Slippery Rock University and a M. S.in Sports Administration from the University of North Texas. He has an impressive background in executive management, building planning,volunteer development, and event management from working as a CEO and consultant for a number of non-profit agencies nationwide Heserves as the internship coordinator and works with the community in creating partnerships and collaborative efforts.Dr. Chris GreenwellDr. Greenwell received a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the Ohio State University, a M. S. in Sport Management from Georgia SouthernUniversity and a B. B. A. from McKendree University. He teaches in the areas of sport marketing, sport event management, and sportpromotion & publicity. His prior work experience includes marketing, promotion and event management with the Saint Louis Universityathletic department and with various professional sport organizations.Dr. Marion HambrickDr. Hambrick received a PhD in sport administration from the University of Louisville, an MBA in finance from the University of Kentucky, anda BA in finance from Transylvania University. He teaches courses in sport finance and sport marketing as well as the senior capstonecourse. His sport industry experience includes working for the Kentucky Derby Festival and volunteering with the local bicycling community.He was also a financial analyst for eleven years outside of the sport industry.Dr. Meg HancockDr. Hancock received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with an emphasis in Sport Administration from theUniversity of Louisville. Her research interests include gender and diversity in the workplace, sport management education, and sport fordevelopment. Prior to UofL, she worked as an assistant athletic director and assistant dean of first-year students at Dartmouth College. Shealso has a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Randolph College and an M.S. in higher education from Miami University.Dr. Mary A. HumsDr. Mary Hums received a Ph.D. in Sport Management from Ohio State University, an M.A. in Athletic Administration and an M.B.A. from theUniversity of Iowa and a B.B.A. in Management from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to the University of Louisville, Dr. Humsserved on the Sport Management faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, directed the Sport Management Program atKennesaw State University, and was Athletic Director at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and has worked four Paralympic Games.Professor Anita M. MoormanProfessor Moorman received a law degree from Southern Methodist University and practiced law in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the areasof commercial and securities litigation for 10 years. Professor Moorman also holds an M.S. in Sport Management from the University ofOklahoma, and a B.S. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. Professor Moorman teaches in the areas of sport law, facility andevent management, and legal aspects of the sport industry.Professor Gin PresleyRegina (Gin) Presley received a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance & Sport from Metropolitan State University of Denver and aM.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She has a background in small business development, event andentertainment management and undergraduate athletic and business advising. She teaches a multitude of sport management coursesincluding: Introduction to Sport Management, Sport Ethics, Sport Governance, and Senior Seminar.Dr. Megan ShrefflerDr. Megan Shreffler received a PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management from the University of Minnesota, a MA in SportAdministration and Leadership from Seattle University, and a BA in English Education, Southern Illinois University. Prior to working at UofL,she worked with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and as a high school coach. Dr. Shreffler’s research interests include new media usage in sport,customer service and relationship marketing.
Sport AdministrationFrequently Asked QuestionsQ. Who is the contact for questions?Dr. Mary Hums - email@example.comQ. Do I need a master’s degree in sportadministration to begin the Ph.D. program?Students come from a variety of educationalbackgrounds. To ensure students have sufficientmastery of the core content areas, students may berequired to take graduate level courses in sportadministration as part of their specialty componentor elective component.Q. What is the timetable to complete a Ph.D.?Typically, it takes a full-time student two (2) years tocomplete all of coursework in order to becomeeligible to take Comprehensive Exams. Adissertation typically requires 1-2 years of additionalwork. Students can finish the program in as little asthree (3 years).Q. Are there opportunities for students to teach?There are opportunities available to teachundergraduate and graduate SPAD classes. PhDstudents have taught undergraduate Principles ofSport Management, Sport Finance, Sport Marketing,Legal Aspects of Sport, and Sport FacilityManagement. On the Masters level, PhD studentshave taught Organizational Behavior and ResearchMethods courses.Q. The degree is actually a PhD in EducationalLeadership and Organizational Development(ELOD). What does that mean?Many sport administration or sport managementprograms across the country are part of larger PhDprograms. At the University of Louisville, ELOD isthe umbrella degree for a variety of programs. Thisassociation allows us to utilize the resources of theEducational Leadership program while still providinga comprehensive sport administration curriculum.Q. What are the admissions review dates?October 1st and February 1st. Applicants wishing tobe considered for a University Fellowship must meetthe October 1st deadline. Either add it here or in thesection on funding sources. Send all materials to:University of Louisville, Office of GraduateAdmissions, 105 Houchens, Louisville, KY 40292Q. How are applicants evaluated?When students are evaluated for admission to theprogram, these are some of the followingqualifications that are considered for the process:1. Is the applicant likely to succeed in doctoralstudy? Is there evidence the applicantpossesses professional expertise and promise?2. Does this doctoral program (and chosenconcentration) appear to be a viable match forthe applicant's goals?Q. What are the required application materials?1. Graduate Application2. Resume or Curriculum Vita3. Recommendations (3)4. GRE Test Scores (TOEFL for foreign applicants)5. Transcripts — undergraduate and graduate6. Formal Statement of GoalsFor a complete description of required materials,please visit the web site http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/phd-elodQ. What sources of funding are available?Funding opportunities are limited and highlycompetitive, which is no different than at any otherinstitution. Often, funding opportunities may take theform of a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) andqualified students may also be eligible for selectedUniversity Fellowships. Student interested in loansor other financial assistance should contact theFinancial Aid office directly.
Sport AdministrationUofL Ph.D. GraduatesBower, GlennaMay, 2004Associate Professor and Department Chair, University ofSouthern IndianaSheilley, HollyMay, 2004Athletics Director, Transylvania UniversityPatrick, IanMay, 2004Director, Alumni Affairs, Bellarmine UniversityGibson, FredDecember, 2004Associate Professor, Western Kentucky UniversityThrasher, RobertMay, 2006Assistant Professor, Lees-McRae CollegeBaker, AmyMay, 2006Associate Professor, Belmont UniversityDittmore, SteveMay, 2006Associate Professor, University of ArkansasWeber, JonettaAugust, 2007UBM and Adjunct Professor in Sociology, University ofLouisvillePopp, NelsAugust, 2007Assistant Professor, University of North CarolinaCrawford, ScottDecember, 2007Commissioner, Kansas Collegiate Athletic ConferencePark, Seong-HeeDecember, 2007Assistant Professor, Hankuk UniversityBrownlee, EricAugust, 2008Assistant Professor, Gannon UniversityMiller, JasonDecember, 2008Tennis Service Representative, USTATokuyama, SagatomoAugust, 2009Assistant Professor, Shigakukan UniversityHan, Dong YooAugust, 2009Assistant Professor, Hannam UniversityThorn, DustinMay, 2010Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina UniversityHambrick, MarionMay, 2010Assistant Professor, University of LouisvilleChen, Yung ChouMay, 2010Assistant Professor, National Chung Cheng UniversityGreenhalgh, GregAugust, 2010Assistant Professor, Virginia CommonwealthSimmons, JasonMay, 2011Assistant Professor, University of CincinnatiMcDonogh, MeghanMay, 2011Head Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Athletic Director,Catholic UniversityTan, Gary Peng LiangAugust, 2011Residence Life Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, FloridaInternational UniversityHa, JaePilMay, 2012Assistant Professor, Arkansas-Little RockHancock, MegMay, 2012Assistant Professor, University of LouisvilleTara MahoneyMay 2013Assistant Professor, SUNY CortlandMaki ItohAugust 2014Assistant Professor, Juntendo University
Sport AdministrationAbout the Sport Administration Program at UofLThe College of Education and Human Development's Sport Administration (SPAD) Program at theUniversity of Louisville prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of managementpositions in the sport industry. The goals of the faculty and the program are to create an activelearning environment for each student and to encourage students to demonstrate a commitment toeducation, community involvement, and their fellow students. A strong foundation in education,community service, peer networks, and alumni networking is invaluable to students as they prepareto enter the sport industry. Exceptional theoretical and practical knowledge gained through theSPAD program will also provide students with the foundation to become the next generation ofleaders, decision makers, and managers in the sport industry.Driving Directions from theSouth: Take I-65 North to exit 133(Warnock Street Exit). At the stoplight, turn left onWarnock Street Continue under I-65overpass, to Floyd Street.Driving Directions from theNorth: Take I-65 South to exit 133(Warnock Street exit) At the stoplight, turn right onWarnock Street. Continue to Floyd Street.We are in the HP/Studio ArtsBuilding located at thesouthwest corner of Floyd andWarnock, on the opposite cornerfrom McDonald’s.Visitor parking is available in theFloyd Street parking structure,and there is metered parkingalong Floyd Street.
North American Society for Sport Management European Association for Sport Management Sport Marketing Association Sport and Recreation Law Association North American Society for the Sociology of Sport .won prestigious awards and recognition Bernard Patrick Maloy Graduate Student Research Award John Richard Binford Memorial Award