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Getting to Know Our Students: A Snapshot of Sport Management Students’ Demographics and Career Expectations in the United States

Christopher R. Barnhill, W. Andrew Czekanski, and Adam G. Pfleegor

complex world which presents them with situations we never could have possibly envisioned. How to prepare them? ( Hums, 2010 , p. 8) Dr. Mary Hums posed an important question to the sport management academy during her 2010 Zeigler Lecture: How can academics best prepare students for the complex

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Women Don’t Know Anything About Sports: Contrapower Harassment in the Sport Management Classroom

Elizabeth A. Taylor, Allison B. Smith, Cheryl R. Rode, and Robin Hardin

appearance. Comments in regard to her attractiveness, her clothing, and a desire for a sexual relationship appear in the comments. Dr. Angela Wilcox begins a discussion in her Foundations of Sport Management course in regard to the National Football League (NFL) Combine. Several male students are surprised

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What’s My Responsibility? Undergraduate Heterosexual White Men in Sport Management Discuss Increasing Diversity in Sport

Jörg Vianden and Elizabeth A. Gregg

are least interested in conversations with diverse peers, in selection of elective diversity courses, or in attendance at diversity programs or events. The sport industry and sport management programs at colleges and universities nationwide are white, male-dominated realms ( Hancock & Hums, 2011

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Servant Leadership in Sport: A Review, Synthesis, and Applications for Sport Management Classrooms

G. Matthew Robinson, Mitchell J. Neubert, and Glenn Miller

settings ( Parris & Peachey, 2013 ; Van Dierendonck, 2011 ). Interestingly, although there exists an extensive amount of research and educational literature examining the importance of leadership in and outside of sport, only recently has servant leadership begun to receive elaboration in sport management

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You’re Hired! A Hiring Simulation for Sport Management Students That Incorporates the Hidden Profile Phenomenon

Jules Woolf and Jess C. Dixon

) brains are better than one. The added members, and ostensibly, added diversity to a group, are axiomatically considered to improve the quality of decisions. However, the reality is much more complicated. This presents a challenge for sport management educators, namely, teaching decision-making skills and

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Assessing Student Satisfaction Within Sport Management Master’s Degree Programs

Nels Popp, Erianne A. Weight, Brendan Dwyer, Alan L. Morse, and Amy Baker

This study examined satisfaction levels with graduate sport management programs in the United States. A 26-item graduate degree program satisfaction instrument was developed and administered electronically to a sample of current students and alumni from seven sport management master’s degree programs yielding a 54.31% response rate (N = 302). Respondents generally indicated high levels of satisfaction with their decision to pursue a graduate sport management degree, but were significantly less satisfied with the specific school they attended. Respondents indicated the most beneficial courses included current topics, sport and society, sport marketing, and sport ethics, whereas the least beneficial courses included statistics, international sport, and research methods. Students who earned their undergraduate degree in business were consistently less satisfied with how well their graduate program taught them various sport management skills compared with students with undergraduate degrees in sport management, sport-related studies, or other majors.

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An Evaluation of Sport Management Student Preparedness: Recommendations for Adapting Curriculum to Meet Industry Needs

Jaime R. DeLuca and Jessica Braunstein-Minkove

Experiential learning has become a driving force of universities around the world, and is a crucial part of many sport management programs. This is particularly true given the competitive nature of the field and the rapid changes the industry continuously faces. This work seeks to reexamine the sport management curricula to ensure a progression and evolution toward a superior level of student preparedness for their internship experiences. Through the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods, our major findings recommend a focus on academic, experiential, and professional development. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed along with limitations and directions for further investigation.

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Supervising International Graduate Students in Sport Management: Perspectives of Experienced Advisors

Karen Danylchuk, Robert Baker, Brenda Pitts, and James Zhang

This study examined the perspectives of sport management academicians regarding their experiences supervising international graduate students. Fifteen experts were interviewed and provided their perspectives on practices used in international student involvement—specifically, student identification, recruitment, acceptance, orientation, progress, and retention, and the inherent challenges and benefits. The primary challenges cited by the majority of participants were language and cultural differences in learning; however, all participants concurred that the benefits of supervising international students far outweighed the challenges. These benefits included, but were not limited to, bringing international and global perspectives into the learning environment, which was positive for both students and professors. Findings from this study may provide program administration with insights on key factors affecting the quality of delivery of sport management education to international students. Consequently, high-quality programs can be developed to meet the needs of students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

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My Foray Into Sport Management

Packianathan Chelladurai

main reason for my entry into the profession of physical education. At that time, I did not realize that that training would take me around the world and would enable me to be a founding member of the field of sport management. I made several friends while at the YMCA College of Physical Education. A

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From the Physical to the Social: Twitter as a Pedagogical Innovation in the Sport Communication and Sport Management Classroom

Jimmy Sanderson and Blair Browning

This essay discusses how Twitter can be used as a pedagogical tool for sport communication and sport management courses. Given the prevalence with which Twitter has penetrated the sport industry and the frequency with which college students use social media, Twitter is a complementary and viable classroom component. The essay provides ways in which Twitter can be used for formal assignments in the sport communication and sport management classroom. The essay concludes by discussing some challenges to using Twitter in the classroom, describing strategies for overcoming these barriers, and encouraging sport communication and sport management educators to embrace the culture of convergence that Twitter affords. The appendix offers detailed guidelines for the assignments discussed in the essay.