1st Edition

College Sports and Institutional Values in Competition Leadership Challenges

By Jennifer Lee Hoffman Copyright 2020
    202 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    College Sports and Institutional Values in Competition interrogates the relationship between athletics and higher education, exploring how college athletics departments reflect many characteristics of their institutions and are also susceptible to the same challenges in delivering on their mission. Chapters cover the historical contexts and background of campus athletics, issues and institutional tensions over market pressures, the spectacle of college athletics and how this spectacle influences athlete experiences, and the ways in which leaders are navigating these issues. Through stories of higher education that focus on the ways athletic departments leverage their institutional values, this book encourages readers to examine the purpose, mission, and academic values of their institutions, and to evaluate the role of their athletic programs, to improve outcomes and experiences on campus for students and student-athletes alike.

    Foreword by James Soto Antony



    Chapter 1: College Sports and Institutional Values

    Chapter 2: ‘Going To A D1 School’

    Chapter 3: Towns, Colleges, and Their Sports

    Chapter 4: The Front Porch, Campus Mission and The Market

    Chapter 5: Championships, Spectacle, and Subsidy

    Chapter 6: Professionalized Pursuits, Educational Impacts

    Chapter 7: Is Separate Still Equal?

    Chapter 8: The Right Kind of Activism

    Chapter 9: ‘Low Profile, Decentralized, and Incremental’

    Chapter 10: Change is Already Here


    Jennifer Lee Hoffman is an Associate Professor in the College of Education’s Center for Leadership in Athletics at the University of Washington, USA. Dr. Hoffman was the recipient of ASHE’s 2021 Special Merit Award.