’ Experiences in Kinesiology and Alumni’s Education and Career Trajectory Context: The Pennsylvania State University The Department of Kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) is in the College of Health and Human Development (eight departments) and has 45 full-time employees (19 fixed term, 26
Jessica L. Kutz, Melissa Bopp, and Lori A. Gravish Hurtack
Janet B. Parks
This study investigated the employment status of the alumni of a large undergraduate sport management program. Information was collected and analyzed relative to demographics, graduate school status, placement strategies, current positions, and salaries. Data treatment included descriptive statistics and chi-square. Statistically significant differences were found (a) between women and men relative to placement strategies, (b) between women and men relative to salaries, (c) between salaries of the major employment classifications, and (d) between salaries in positions related to sport management and those unrelated to sport management. Recommendations included encouragement of further investigation of the significant differences found in this study, utilization of the findings in career education, additional research focusing on career development rather than on employment status, and the use of more sophisticated research designs and more powerful statistical analyses in future studies of sport management career paths.
Langston Clark, Anthony Heaven, and Usman Shah
The primary purpose of this study was to garner the perspectives of teaching for social justice (TSJ) and teacher education for social justice from individuals who were previously or currently are affiliated with physical education teacher education (PETE) programs at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). A second purpose was to elucidate the meaning of TSJ as it pertains to PETE faculty who were once students of color at HBCUs. Participants: The participants were five Black Americans (three men and two women) alumni of HBCUs.
The research design was descriptive-qualitative using an interviewing approach for data collection, which also included artifact analysis. (Gay, 1996). Specifically, primary data were collected through semistructured in depth interviews. Data analysis occurred through the usage of immersion.
The emergent themes were: mainstreaming and maintaining, intergenerational justice, and different and divergent.
Results of this study indicate that: the nature of social justice is contextual; HBCUs prepare students to teach within both the mainstream and Black communities; and that values and practices related to social justice are passed from teacher educator to teacher education student.
Melinda B. Smith, Diane L. Gill, and Erin J. Reifsteck
, intrinsic motivation involves participation in an activity for the inherent satisfaction of involvement ( Ryan & Deci, 2000 ). The SA alumni have reported struggling with intrinsic motivation for physical activity without the specific goals that they relied on during their college training programs
Chad Seifried, Tiffany E. Demiris, and Jeffrey Petersen
Multiple bridges and the 24,000+ bricks that make up the “Bear Walk” further connect the stadium to the Baylor campus and serve to recognize the nearly $1.6 million in gifts that many other friends, alumni, students, and partners of Baylor made to help fund the construction of McLane Stadium. 4 Overall
Whichever side of these debates one finds the more compelling, no one really disputes that English public school alumni or “old boys” (particularly those who went on to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge) played an important role in codifying both Association rules in 1863 and Rugby Union rules in
Mika Rathwell, Robert Henry, and Sam McKegney
game in front of a capacity home crowd against the Notre Dame Hounds. The stands were filled with family, community members, friends, and alumni who drove from across the province for one last Blackhawks’ game. During the first intermission, Blackhawk alumni were invited on the ice to bid farewell to
Erik K.M. Kjeldsen
This study utilized alumni of one sport management graduate program in an effort to investigate career paths in sport management. A representative sample of 126 alumni was selected from a population of 251 students who had graduated over a 10-year period. A total of 69 usable returns were received, for a response rate of 54.8%. Specific points during the professional, preparation period and during the working career were examined as benchmarks in the career path. The number of alumni maintaining jobs in the field at each benchmark shed light on career retention and on the factors contributing to attrition. The five benchmarks selected were entry into the graduate program, exit from the program, the internship, first job, and final job. Salary at each job level and satisfaction were measured in an effort to better understand the nature of a sport management career. The analysis was differentiated by sex and by the various subfields in the sport management profession.
Noni Zaharia, Anastasios Kaburakis, and David Pierce
The growth of sport management programs housed in (or with formal curriculum-based ties to) a school of business indicates more academic institutions are reconsidering sport management as a business-oriented field. Thus, research is necessary regarding benchmarking information on the state of these academic programs. The purpose of this study is to explore trends on administration, housing, accreditation, faculty performance indicators and research requirements, as well as salaries for faculty and alumni of such programs. Data were submitted by 74 department chairs and program directors employed in U.S. business schools featuring sport management programs. Results indicate that the majority of sport business programs are part of an interdisciplinary department; COSMA accreditation is largely viewed as redundant; and, depending on business schools’ accreditation, variability exists concerning faculty performance measures and research impact, as well as faculty and alumni salaries. These findings suggest considerable progress of sport management programs within business schools.
Donald P. Roy, Timothy R. Graeff, and Susan K. Harmon
Past research concerning the effects of college athletics has concentrated on examining the effects of on-field success on increased donations to the university and increased enrollment applications. This research examines the effects of a university’s move to NCAA Division I-A football membership on marketing variables, such as attitudes toward the university, perceptions of the university, and behavioral intentions regarding attendance at sporting events and donating money. Members of three important stakeholder groups (students, alumni, and area residents) responded to questions dealing with a university’s recent move to Division I-A football. With respect to overall perceptions of I-A football and reactions to the University’s recent move to I-A, students, alumni, and the general public believe that I-A football is more prestigious than I-AA football. Further, I-A football status can create a positive image for a university, can attract students to attend the university, is the best sport for fostering alumni involvement with the university, and it enhances school spirit. These results suggest that the positive perceptions associated with I-A can create the solid foundation upon which additional (future) positive experiences and associations can build, leading to greater financial gains in the future.