This collection of essays, written by a number of respected sport management scholars, addresses many of the challenges and issues facing today's sport management academic programs. It is intended to begin a professional and scholarly discussion to identify the best, or at least the most logical, paths to follow for sport management programs and the industry with which they are so closely aligned. Contributors, invited to participate based on their recognized areas of expertise, address specific topics using their own unique voices and writing styles.
In the ebook version, essays link to video introductions by the authors and to online discussion forums where readers can respond to the issues presented in the essays.
From the Preface: The field of sport management stands at an academic crossroads; the essays in this book address the following and other emerging questions:
Should our successful field of study continue to model other disciplines and perpetuate their successes, as well as their shortcomings, or should we determine our own specific model for academic success?
How are we doing in preparing future sport managers to perform in the industry and on the global stage?
Where do we belong in the scheme of academe?
The book's goal is to generate discussion among sport management professors, industry professionals who serve as adjunct faculty and participate on sport management program advisory boards, doctoral students who intend to teach in sport management programs, and others who explore and critique higher education in general.
Foreword Packianathan Chelladurai
Essay 1 Moving Mountains: The Need for Shifting Paradigms in Sport Management Andy Gillentine
Essay 2 Where Is the Best "Home" for Sport Management? Janet S. Fink and Carol A. Barr
Essay 3 Sport Management Accreditation: Why It Is an Imperative Step Forward Jay M. Gladden and Jo Williams
Essay 4 Program Rankings in Sport Management: A Critical Analysis of Benefits and Challenges Dan Mahony, Anita Moorman, Timothy D. DeSchriver, and Marion E. Hambrick
Essay 5 Is Sport Management a Unique Discipline? How This Question Can Inform Our Pedagogy Dianna P. Gray and Linda A. Sharp
Essay 6 Theory versus Practice: A Balancing Act David Stotlar and Lori Braa
Essay 7 Publish or Perish? John J. Miller
Essay 8 External Funding: Competing for a Piece of the Pie Robert E. Baker
Essay 9 Academia and the Sports Industry: An Auto-ethnography, Pracademics, and a Collaborative Model William A. Sutton
Essay 10 The Power of One for the Good of Many: Ethical and Moral Considerations for the Sport Manager Joy T. DeSensi
Essay 11 Sport Management: Bottom Lines and Higher Callings? Mary A. Hums and Meg Hancock
Essay 12 The Internationalization of Sport Management Academia Karen Danylchuk
Essay 13 Internships: Indentured Servitude or Rigorous Experiential Learning? William F. Stier, Jr.
Essay 14 Preparing the Next Generation of Doctoral Students: Ten Considerations to Heighten Effectiveness and Impact W. James Weese
Essay 15 Welcome the Millennial Faculty . . . Preparing for New Programmatic Customs Jacquelyn Cuneen and Heather Lawrence