Are Sport Management Doctoral Programs Meeting the Needs of the Faculty Job Market? Observations for Today and the Future

in Journal of Sport Management
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  • 1 University of Louisville
  • | 2 Florida State University
  • | 3 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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Weese (2002) recently expressed concerns about the faculty job market in sport management. The purpose of the current article is to examine and discuss both the number of doctoral students being produced and the adequacy of their preparation for faculty positions. The authors surveyed doctoral-program faculty and reviewed advertised open positions to provide the basis for observations regarding current and future issues relative to this job market. Whereas the authors found that approximately 70 jobs are advertised each year in sport management, doctoral programs produce only about 15 graduates annually, suggesting that the numbers produced are clearly insufficient. When examining the adequacy of the students’ preparation, the authors found research preparation is considered to be most important. Doctoral programs in sport management, however, also place high emphasis on teaching preparation. It is unclear whether these efforts are adequate to meet the needs of the students or the job market.

Daniel Mahony is with the Dept. of HPES, University of Louisville, Education Bldg. Room 126G, Louisville, Kentucky 40292. Michael Mondello is with the Sport Management Program, Florida State University, 114 Tully Gym, Tallahassee, FL 32306. Mary A. Hums is with the Department of HPES, University of Louisville, 107 HP/Studio Arts Building, Louisville, KY 40292. Michael Judd is with the Department of Physical, Education Southern Illinois University, 160 E. Davies Gymnasium, Carbondale, IL. 62901-4310.

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