Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organization Development, Sport Administration Specialization

Overview

Doctoral program in Sport Administration Brochure

Sport Administration Program


This is a concentration of the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development program.

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Sport Management is a growing academic discipline, and our PhD is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as a college or university faculty member in Sport Management. The program has attracted students from around the world (United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Sweden, Germany) to study with the internationally recognized faculty. Our current faculty serve on multiple editorial boards, have authored or co-authored numerous sport management textbooks, and have a long history of engaging Ph.D. students in research.

While there is no typical Ph.D. student, candidates with previous work experience in the sport industry as well as a clear research focus are preferred. Sport industry experience is extremely helpful for Sport Management faculty members since our discipline is very hands-on and the students we teach will be preparing for jobs where they will be teaching future sport industry professionals.

We are proud to say that every student who graduated from our program is employed in a related academic or industry position. The job market is extremely competitive and students typically begin applying for jobs in the fall of their third year. Students who take advantage of the research, teaching, and service opportunities available to them while enrolled in the program have fared very well.

A Ph.D. program is by nature a research-oriented degree where students are actively engaged in research teams with faculty members and other doctoral students. Students will also submit proposals for presentations at national and international conferences and write for publications.

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For more details about program curriculum, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Contact

Doctoral Program Coordinator and Primary Contact:

Dr. Mary Hums, Professor, 502-852-5908, mary.hums@louisville.edu

Michael ClemonsMichael Clemons
Louisville, KY

Advisor: Dr. Chris Greenwell
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024

Educational Background:
B.A., Spanish, Commerce, Language, & Culture, Georgetown College
M.S., Sport Administration, University of Louisville

Teaching experience: SPAD 561 (Special Topics: Kentucky Derby Logistics), SPAD 561 (Special Topics: Urban Bourbon Half Marathon), HSS 114 (Fitness Walking)

Research Area of Interest:
Endurance sport organizations and participation

Ehren R. GreenEhren R. Green
Crestview Hills, KY

Advisor: Dr. Meg Hancock
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2022

Educational Background:
B.S., Exercise Science & Wellness, Ball State University
M.S. & M.A., Sport Management & Educational Leadership Studies, West Virginia University

Teaching experience: SPAD 625 (Sport Management & Leadership), SPAD 489 (Legal Aspects of Sport), SPAD 402 (Internships in Sport Administration), SPAD 382 (Sport Management & Leadership), SPAD 281 (Principles of Sport Administration)

Research Area of Interest:
Organizational behavior in intercollegiate athletics

Zehua HeiZehua Hei
Zhengzhou, Henan, China

Advisor: Dr. Chris Greenwell
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024

Educational Background:
B.S., Finance, Sichuan Agricultural University
M.S., Sports Management and Policy, University of Georgia

Research Area of Interest:
Fitness management/marketing; USATF; participation in sport (fitness focus)

Ancia IfillAncia Ifill
Barbados

Advisor: Dr. Meg Hancock
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024

Educational Background:
B.S., International Business, Bethune-Cookman University
M.S., Counseling, Bethune-Cookman University
Graduate Certificate- Organizational Change in Higher Education, University of Louisville

Teaching experience: HSS 181 (Academic Orientation, SPAD)

Research Area of Interest:
The black international college athlete at HBCU’s and PWI’s

Anthony MontanaroAnthony Montanaro
Rochester, New York

Advisor: Dr. Evan Frederick
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2023

Educational Background:
B.S., Sport Management and Data Science, Bowling Green State University
M.S., Sport Administration, University of Louisville

Teaching experience: SPAD 437 (Data and Analytics)

Research Area of Interest:
Sport Analytics

Nina SiegfriedNina Siegfried
Wetzlar, Germany

Advisor: Dr. Mary Hums
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2022

Educational Background:
BBA International Business and Management Studies (IBMS); China Minor; Marketing Minor (at Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Arnhem Business School (HAN University), Arnhem, Netherlands
M.S., Sport Administration, University of Louisville

Teaching experience: SPAD 509 (International Sport), SPAD 404 (Financial Principles of Sport), SPAD 383 (Sport Marketing), SPAD 284 (Issues and Ethics in Sport)

Research Area of Interest:
Establishing and maintaining sport partnerships in parasports and developing successful adaptive sports programs.

Nick SwimNick Swim
St. Albans, VT

Advisor: Dr. Mary Hums
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2022

Educational Background:
B.S., Business Management, Castleton University
M.S., Sport Management, Ball State University

Teaching experience: SPAD 561 (Special Topics: Mega Events Logistics), SPAD 561 (Digital Development & Technology in Sport), SPAD 445 (Sport Communication), SPAD 402 (Internship in Sport Administration), SPAD 390 (Sport Governance), SPAD 284 (Issues and Ethics in Sport), SPAD 281 (Principles of Sport Administration), HSS 138 (Basketball)

Research Area of Interest:
Gender and race issues in sport

Erica ThompsonErica Thompson
Chapel Hill, NC

Advisor: Dr. Mary Hums
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024

Educational Background:
B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.S., Sport Business, Temple University

Teaching experience: SPAD 402 (Internship in Sport Administration)

Research Area of Interest:
DEI and the different student-athlete experiences between those enrolled at a PWI, HBCU and/or low resources institutions.

Jeff WardJeff Ward
Buffalo, NY

Advisor: Dr. Mary Hums
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2024

Educational Background:
B.A., Psychology, University of Central Arkansas
M.S., Sport Management, University of Central Arkansas

Teaching experience: Sport in American Society (University of Central Arkansas)

Research Area of Interest:
Sport as a treatment for PTSD

Opportunities for Graduates

The job market is extremely competitive and students typically begin applying for jobs in the fall of their third year. Students who take advantage of the research, teaching, and service opportunities available to them while enrolled in the program have fared very well in obtaining faculty and administrative positions. Currently, 100% of our graduates are employed in the field.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Financial Aid

Funding opportunities for the program are limited and highly competitive, no different than at any other institution. Funding opportunities may take the form of a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) in the SPAD program, the Health and Sport Sciences Department, the College of Education and Human Development, or other academic or service units on campus. Students may also be eligible for selected University Fellowships. There may be opportunities for PhD students to be paid to teach courses in the program. Student interested in loans or other financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511, or visit the UofL Financial Aid website.

FAQs

1. Who is the contact for questions?

Dr. Mary Hums - mary.hums@louisville.edu

2. Do I need a master’s degree in sport administration to begin the Ph.D. program?

Students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. To ensure students have sufficient mastery of the core content areas, students may be required to take graduate level courses in sport administration as part of their specialty component or elective component.

3. What is the timetable to complete a Ph.D.?

Typically, it takes a full time student two (2) years to complete all of course-work in order to become eligible to take Comprehensive Exams. A dissertation typically requires 1-2 years of additional work. Students can finish the program in as little as three (3 years).

4. Are there opportunities for students to teach?

Opportunities available to teach undergraduate and graduate SPAD classes. PhD students have taught undergraduate Principles of Sport Management, Sport Finance, Sport Marketing, Legal Aspects of Sport, and Sport Facility Management. On the Masters level, PhD students have taught Organizational Behavior and Research Methods courses.

5. The degree is actually a PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development (ELOD). What does that mean?

Many sport administration or sport management programs across the country are part of larger PhD programs. At the University of Louisville, ELOD is the umbrella degree for a variety of programs. This association allows us to utilizes the resources of the Educational Leadership program while still providing a comprehensive sport administration curriculum.

6. What are the admissions review dates?

October 1 and February 1. All paperwork is due before these dates to be considered for admission. Send all materials to: University of Louisville, Office of Graduate Admissions, 105 Houchens, Louisville, KY 40292.

7. How are applicants evaluated?

The following questions are a key part of the evaluation process: Is the applicant likely to succeed in doctoral study? Is there evidence the applicant possesses professional expertise and promise? Does this doctoral program (and chosen concentration) appear to be a viable match for the applicant's goals?

8. What are the required application materials?
  1. Graduate Application
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vita
  3. Recommendations (3)
  4. GRE Test Scores (TOEFL for foreign applicants)
  5. Transcripts — undergraduate and graduate
  6. Formal Statement of Goals

For a complete description of required materials, please visit the PhD in ELOD page.

9. What sources of funding are available?

Funding opportunities are limited and highly competitive, no different than at any other institution. Funding opportunities may take the form of a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) in the SPAD program, the Health and Sport Sciences Department, the College of Education and Human Development, or other academic or service units on campus. Students may also be eligible for selected University Fellowships. There may be opportunities for PhD students to be paid to teach courses in the program. Student interested in loans or other financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511, or visit the UofL Financial Aid website.