The Changing Climates of the Sport Management Academic Job Market and Doctoral Students’ Career Expectations

in Sport Management Education Journal
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  • 1 Griffith University
  • | 2 Maryville University
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Past research shows that the job market for sport management academic positions was strong, with more job openings than qualified professors to fill the positions. Due to changing global and higher education climates, however, it was necessary to conduct further research to examine how these shifts in the external environment have impacted the sport management job market. Therefore, this study employed a content analysis methodology to examine the faculty job openings in sport management from 2010 to 2011. In addition, current doctoral students were surveyed to determine their preparation and expectations for the academic job market. Results revealed much greater parity between the number of open positions and the number of doctoral student job seekers than ever before. Similarities and differences were discovered between the actual job market and students’ career expectations and goals. Ultimately, the job market has become more competitive and job seekers must take steps to ensure a competitive advantage.

Andrea N. Geurin-Eagleman is with the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia. Erin McNary is with the School of Business, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO, USA. Address author correspondence to Andrea N. Geurin-Eagleman at

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