Sport Management: Who We Are and Where We Are Going


  • Sarah Stokowski Clemson University
  • Amanda L. Paule-Koba Bowling Green State University
  • Matt R. Huml University of Cincinnati
  • Mark C. Koch
  • Bo Li Miami University



Definition, Faculty Members, Sport Management


Due to the popularity of sport, the need to have sport management programs that properly train practitioners is justified (Pedersen & Thibault, 2014). However, with 505 sport management bachelors programs worldwide (“Degrees in Sports,” n.d.) housed in various academic units, there is little consistency within the field of study. This paper strives to explore the field of sport management and to better understand sport management faculty members’ perceptions of the discipline. Grounded in Foucault’s (1971) theory of discourse, total of 154 sport management faculty members worldwide participated in the study. The data revealed there is a lack of consistency within the field regarding faculty members’ perceptions of sport management. This study offers a vital, first step in an empirical examination of a critical phenomenon in the sport management academy.

Author Biographies

Sarah Stokowski, Clemson University

Sarah Stokowski currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development at Clemon University. Her research interest  revolves around issues in intercollegiate sport and athlete development.

Amanda L. Paule-Koba, Bowling Green State University

Amanda L. Paule-Koba, PhD is an Associate Professor of Sport Management in the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green State University.

Matt R. Huml, University of Cincinnati

Matt R. Huml is an assistant professor of Sport Aministration in the School of Human Services at the University of Cincinnati.

Mark C. Koch

Mark C. Koch an a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Arkansas.

Bo Li, Miami University

Bo (Norman) Li is an Assistant Professor of Sport Leadership and Management in the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University.