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.

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
  • 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

  • Wolff, E. A., & Hums, M.A. (2021). Disability inclusion, Olympism and human rights. International Olympic Academy Journal, 17-18, 30-34 [Published in English and Greek]
  • Hums, M.A., Frederick, E., Pegararo, A., Siegfried, N., & Wolff, E.A. (2020). What's in a name? Examining reactions to Major League Baseball's change from the Disabled List to the Injured List via Twitter. Baseball Research Journal, 49(2), 22-32.
  • Schmidt, S., Hancock, M.G., Frederick, E. Alagaraja, M., & Hums, M.A. (2020). Examining Athlete Ally through resource mobilization theory. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 44(3), 214-243. Doi:
  • Lee, S., Spencer, T., & Hums, M.A. (2020). A qualitative examination of international graduate students' experiences with campus recreation. Recreational Sport Journal, 44(1), 51-59.
  • Bower, G.G., Hums, M.A., & Williams, S.B. (2019). Mentoring characteristics and functions important to men and women within intercollegiate athletic administration. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 12(1).
  • Huml, M., Hancock, M.E., & Hums, M.A. (2019). Athletics and academics: The relationship of athletic identity sub-constructs to educational outcomes and college athlete demographics. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 12, 42-62