Mary Hums

Mary A. Hums
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
Room 104Q - SAC E
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Dr. Hums' curriculum vitae [PDF]

Mary A. Hums holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management from Ohio State University, an M.A. in Athletic Administration as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa, and a B.B.A. in Management from the University of Notre Dame. In 2009, Hums was selected as the North American Society for Sport Management’s Earle F. Zeigler Lecturer, the organization’s most prestigious academic honor. She gave the Esther Larson McGinnis Scholar Lecture at Illinois State University in 2010 and the Dorothy Drees Scholar Lecture at the University of Dayton in 2011. In 2008, Hums was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting International Scholar at Katholische Universitat in Leuven, Belgium. In 2006, she was selected by the United States Olympic Committee to represent the United States at the International Olympic Academy Educators Session in Olympia, Greece. She worked as a volunteer for the 1996 Summer Paralympic Games in Atlanta, 2002 Winter Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, and 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver. In 2004, she lived in Athens, Greece, working both the Olympic (Softball) and Paralympic (Goalball) Games. Read more...

Educational Background

  • PhD Sport Management, Ohio State University
  • MBA University of Iowa
  • MA Athletic Administration, University of Iowa
  • BBA Management, University of Notre Dame

Teaching Areas

  • Sport Governance
  • Sport Policy
  • International sport
  • Management of Professional Baseball
  • PhD Research Colloquium

Research Interests

  • Sport and Human Rights
  • Inclusion of people with disabilities, women, and racial/ethnic minorities in the management of sport

Recent Publications

  • Huml, M., Hambrick, M.E., & Hums, M.A. (2017). The reduction of athletic commitment for Division II student-athletes: Development and validation of a measure of athletic/academic balance. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 9, 302-325.
  • Hancock, M., & Hums, M.A. (2016). A “Leaky Pipeline?”: Barriers and supports to the career development of senior-level female administrators in NCAA Division I athletic departments. Sport Management Review, 19(2), 198-210.
  • Hums, M.A., Schmidt, S.H., Novak, A., & Wolff, E.A. (2016). Universal Design: Moving the Americans with Disabilities Act from access to inclusion. Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, 26(1), 36-51. doi:
  • Wolff, E.A., & Hums, M.A. (2016, June 9). Authenticity, Muhammad Ali, and the power of sport. Huffington Post. Retrieved from