Sport Management Scholarship: A Professoriate in Transition?

in Journal of Sport Management
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  • 1 Bowling Green State University
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Scholarship expectations of many universities in the United States are becoming more stringent. The purpose of this study was to examine variables associated with the scholarship of the sport management professoriate. The participants were 266 of the 422 academics in the NASPE-NASSM Sport Management Program List (1991). Chi-square tests of independence (alpha < .004) revealed slight tendencies for (a) younger faculty to have doctorates in areas such as sport management, psychology/sociology of sport, and legal aspects of sport rather than in physical education; (b) younger faculty to have more publications than older faculty; (c) women to be concentrated in the lower ranks and salary ranges; and (d) movement toward gender parity in rank and salary. This study should be replicated in 5 years to discover if these tendencies were precursors of trends.

Janet B. Parks is with the Division of Sport Management in the School of HPER and Michael E. Bartley is with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403-0248. Correspondence may be sent to Janet Parks at the above address or to JPARKS@BGNET.BGSU.EDU.

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