Dr. Laura Misener has been on a one-year sabbatical focusing on her research Sport, Physical Activity and Disability. She took her family on a 6-month adventure starting in New Zealand, on to Australia for 3-months and then to the UK for 3-months. During her time in Australia, Dr. Misener was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney Business School. She worked closely with colleagues in the areas of Disability Sport, Tourism Accessibility, and Sport for Development. Dr. Misener presented her work on Disability Events Research Agendas at the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference in Sydney. She also visited one of our partner Universities, Bond University on the Gold Coast, where she gave a keynote address at the Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport. In her further travels, she also visited with colleagues at LaTrobe University in Melbourne where her PhD student, Kyle Rich was undertaking a visiting student project, and on to work with colleagues at the University of Queensland. The family loved all of the adventures down under.
Dr. Misener spent her time in the UK working on her SSHRC funded project “Leveraging Parasport Events for Social Impact” with co-investigators from the University of the West of Scotland. The team has written a number of journal articles and are working on a book related to the project. Further, she has been involved in a major AHRC grant application “Re-presenting para-sport bodies: Disability & the cultural legacy of the Paralympics”. This project involves a partnership with Channel 4 (UK) to examine both media representations and audience interpretations of Paralympic texts and how this influences understanding of disability and people with disabilities in everyday life. Dr. Misener finalized her time away by presenting her work on sport and disability rights at the Leisure Studies Association Conference in Liverpool. Its been a worldwide adventure, but she is happy to be back at Western taking on her new role as Undergraduate Chair in Kinesiology.
In Hobart, she delivered two presentations and attended the SMAANZ Board meeting in her role as journal editor of Sport Management Review.
October 2015 - Faculty and Students Attend Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference in Gatineau, Québec
Drs. Alison Doherty and Laura Misener, and Doctoral candidate Kyle Rich, attended the Sport Canada Research Initiative Annual Conference in Gatineau, October 29-30, 2015. The Conference is a forum for sharing research jointly funded by SSHRC and Sport Canada.
Over the summer, Western Sport Management MA students engaged in internships with Rugby Canada, Basketball Canada, Basketball World Toronto, and the Sport Management Program at Alethia University, Taiwan.
September 2015 - A contingent of Western Sport Management faculty and alumnae presented at 23rd Congress of the European Association for Sport Management in Dublin, Ireland.
Drs. Danylchuk, Doherty and Misener, and doctoral program alumnae Drs. Alanna Harman (Lock Haven), Katie Lebel (St. John's), and Katie Misener (Waterloo) presented at the European Association for Sport Management Congress in Dublin, Ireland in September.
The European Association for Sport Management announced the establishment of the "EASM Chelladurai Award," named after Western Emeritus Professor "Chella" Chelladurai.
At its recent congress in Dublin, Ireland, the European Association for Sport Management announced the establishment of the "EASM Chelladurai Award," named after Western Emeritus Prof. "Chella" Chelladurai. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship and leadership in the field.
August 2015 - Dr. Danylchuk recently attended the World Association for Sport Management Board meetings in Malaysia.
Dr. Danylchuk recently attended the World Association for Sport Management (WASM) Board meetings in Langkawi, Malaysia in her capacity as Vice-President. The meetings were held in conjunction with a National Workshop and the Asian Association for Sport Management Conference. Board members were actively involved in delivering presentations during the workshop and conference.
Mike Neely (Hon BA 2015) received the Gold Medal from the School of Kinesiology at Summer Convocation.
Congratulations go out to Mike Neely (Hon BA 2015), who received the Gold Medal from the School of Kinesiology at Summer Convocation. After graduation, Mike accepted a job working with the Sarnia Sting.
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Weese for receiving the Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award and Dr. Laura Misener for receiving the Research Fellow Award at the North American Society for Sport Management 2015 Conference!
Dr. Jim Weese was honoured with the Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award and Dr. Laura Misener was honoured with the Research Fellow Award at the North American Society for Sport Management 2015 Conference in Ottawa, ON.
June 2015 - Western's full contingent of faculty and nine current graduate students attended the NASSM 2015 Conference in Ottawa, ON.
Western Sport Management was well-represented at this year's conference held in Ottawa, ON. A total of 15 presentations were given by faculty, students, and alumni. Eric MacIntosh (PhD 2007) was a co-chair on the conference organizing committee, which put on an excellent conference! In addition, congratulations to Dr. Alison Doherty, Dr. Katie Misener (Waterloo; Western Alumna) and Dr. Torsten Schlesigner (Bern University; Western visiting scholar) for receiving the Dr. Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant ($3500).
Western's Sport Management undergraduate program was featured in SportsXpress!
Western Sport Management undergraduate program was featured in the May/June 2015 issue of SportsXpress. Click here to see the full feature (page 39).
April 2015 - Sport Management graduate students presented at the 1st Annual Kinesiology Graduate Student Association Symposium.
The 1st Annual Kinesiology Graduate Student Association (KGSA) Symposium took place on April 24th, 2015. Sport management graduate students, Robert Carlisi (MA 1st year), Ryan Clutterbuck (PhD 3rd year), Kylie Wasser (PhD 1st year) and "Team Misener" (comprising of four graduate and five undergraduate students) presented at the Symposium.
Sport Management graduate students and faculty attended the 12th Annual Brock University Sport Management Colloquium.
On April 10th, 2015 five sport management graduate students and Professor Alison Doherty attended the Brock University Sport Management Colloquium. Western students, Ryan Clutterbuck (Phd 3rd year), Stephanie Merino (MA 1st year) and Marian Agyei Gyamera (MA 1st year) presented at the Colloquium.
Sport Management graduate students visited the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am offices and CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatic and Field House.
Graduate students in Dr. Danylchuk's sport marketing class visited the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am offices on March 30th to learn about the organizational structure and marketing of the upcoming Games. They also visited the state-of-the-art CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatic and Field House on the University of Toronto - Scarborough campus, touted as the largest new venue for the Games and the largest investment in Canadian amateur sport history.
Sport Management students got an opportunity to learn about the parasport legacy of the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
On Friday February 27th, five students travelled with Dr. Misener to the PanAm Municipal Forum to meet with members of municipalities involved in developing parasport legacy projects spurred by the hosting of the Toronto 2015 Games. The students will continue to be involved by helping conduct evaluations of the legacy projects and storying the successes for parasport legacy of the Games.
The 2nd edition of "Managing People in Sport Organizations" is now available!
The 2nd edition of "Managing People in Sport Organizations: A Strategic Human Resource Management Perspective" is now available. The textbook is co-authored by Profs. Tracy Taylor, Alison Doherty, and Peter McGraw.
Dr. Laura Misener hosted a Knowledge Transfer event regarding her research on Leveraging Parasport Events for Sustainable Community Participation.
Along with her Collaborators, Dr. Gayle McPherson and Dr. David McGillivray from the University of the West of Scotland, in partnership with Glasgow Life, a Carnegie Public Engagement event was held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The event was an opportunity for the various sectors to share their research results from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Click here to view the Storify, which provides a multi-media summary of the day including links to the presentations.
Dr. Alison Doherty was invited to give two lectures at Temple University.
In February 2015, Prof. Alison Doherty gave two invited lectures at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University. She presented "Best Practices in Academic Publishing" and "Organizational Aspects of Community Sport: A Research Program."
Dr. Alison Doherty returned to Sochi to complete a week of teaching at the Russian International Olympic University.
Prof. Alison Doherty completed a week of teaching at the Russian International Olympic University in Sochi in late January 2015. In her second year with the Masters of Sports Administration program she engaged with 22 students from 14 countries around the world.
GRADUATE PROGRAM NEWS!
Sport Management at Western has rebranded its Kinesiology master's and doctoral programs and is pleased to offer an MA and PhD in the field of Management and Leadership. Click here for more information.
Congratulations to Dr. Karen Danylchuk and Dr. Laura Misener on their recent promotions!
Sport Management at Western extends big congratulations to Dr. Karen Danylchuk for her recent promotion to Full Professor and to Dr. Laura Misener for her recent promotion with tenure to Associate Professor.
Dr. Laura Misener, with colleague Dr. David Legg, presented at the 2015 Canadian Sport for Life Summit in Ottawa.
Dr. Misener and Dr. Legg presented the results stemming from data collected on the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Parapan American Games relating to the ways in which these events are being leveraged to create opportunities throughout the Long Term Athlete Development pathways. The 2014 Games in Glasgow, an integrated event for persons with disabilities lay a benchmark for leveraging parasports and lessons learned about how to better capitalize on Games' legacies.
Dr. Karen Danylchuk visited former sport management student, Shalini Krishnan, at the National Olympic Office in Namibia.
Professor Karen Danylchuk, pictured with Shalini Krishnan, a former sport management undergrad student, visiting the National Olympic Committee (NOC) office in Windhoek, Namibia. Shalini served as a Canadian SportWORKS Officer sent by Commonwealth Games Canada.
Dr. Karen Danylchuk is part of a research team that received a $142,265.00 Movember Foundation grant.
Dr. Danylchuk, along with Drs. Petrella, Humphreys, and Stathokostas, were successful in an application to the Movember Foundation's Canadian Men's Health & Wellbeing Innovation Challenge for a project entitled Hockey Fans In Training: Hockey FIT. The $142,265.00 grant seeks to improve men’s health by using fan-based sports organizations to attract men who are ‘hard-to-reach’ and at ‘high risk of poor health’. The program will be linking fans of the Sarnia Sting and the London Knights with a novel healthy living program run at each of the team's respective facilities.
Dr. Karen Danylchuk recently attended the inaugural World Association for Sport Management (WASM) conference
In her role as Vice-President of WASM, Professor Danylchuk recently attend the inaugural WASM conference in Madrid that drew approximately 200 participants from 45 countries. Pictured here are Karen Danylchuk with her “Women in Sport Management” session panelists Ruth Crabtree (UK), Anne-Marie Farrell USA), Clare Hanlon (Australia), Rosa Lopez de D’Amico (Venezuela), and Janita van Wyk (South Africa).
Congratulations to our recent Sport Management at Western graduates!
Congratulations to our recent MA graduates: Lenore Chesworth (So You Want to be an Athletic Director at a Canadian University? A Delphi Study into the Current and Anticipated Future Leadership Skill Sets Required for the Role), Daniel Grbac (International Student-Athletes in the CIS: Motivations and Experiences), Katelyn Hogg (Social Media for Social Change? An Analysis of ParaSport Ontario's Twitter Content), Nicole Jacobs (Paralympic Representation in the Bid Book Process for the Olympic and Paralympic Games), and Matthew LaFleur (Aligning Leadership with Organizational Structure: A Conceptual Frameowrk of a Private Sport Medicine Clinic).
Dr. Karen Danylchuk recently lead a group of students from her “International Sport Management” undergraduate course to Amsterdam
Dr. Danylchuk and her students had the opportunity to interact with professors and peers from Johan Cruyff University. The study abroad experience included attendance at a national team soccer game against Kazakhstan, a national level women's field hockey game, and a European Senior Tour golf event; a visit to the 1928 Olympic Stadium and Museum; and cultural visits to the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, and seaside village of Volendam.
Dr. Laura Misener and Kyle Rich spent some time recently conducting research at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Dr. Misener and colleagues Dr. Gayle McPherson and Dr. David McGillivray from the University of West Scotland conducted onsite observations during the Games. PhD Student Kyle Rich managed a team of surveyors who collected over 500 onsite surveys from spectators at parasport events about their attitudes towards disability and awareness of parasports. The team will be replicating the study in 2015 at the Toronto Pan/Parapan American Games.
A contigent of Western faculty and graduate students travelled to Glasgow, Scotland for the 2014 LSA Conference.
Drs. Alison Doherty and Laura Misener along with their doctoral students, Patti Millar and Kyle Rich, travelled to Glasgow, Scotland for the 2014 Leisure Studies Association Conference. In addition to the conference, they took in the sights and sounds of Glasgow, including a tour of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games that are currently taking place in Glasgow.
Western Alumni, Deborah Bright-Brundle and Eva Havaris, bring a wealth of experience to their new roles.
Deborah Bright-Brundle (MA 1992) has been appointed Director of Athletics & Recreation at Trent University. She has served as President of the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario and also spent 5 years as President of Special Olympics Canada. Eva Havaris (MA 2006) brings a wealth of experience from her past positions as high-performance and development manager at Rugby Canada and, more recently, as CEO of Taekwondo Canada to her new role as CEO of Equine Canada.
Doctoral candidate Patti Millar was elected as NASSM Student Representative for 2014-2015.
At the 2014 North American Society for Sport Management Conference in Pittsburgh (May 28-31), Patti Millar was elected to the NASSM Executive Council as the student representative for 2014-2015. She carries on somewhat of a tradition, following in the footsteps of Western Sport Management graduates who also served as the student representative - Eric MacIntosh (2005-2006) and Katie Misener (2007-2009).
Western's full contigent of faculty and five current graduate students attended the 2014 NASSM Conference in Pittsburgh, May 28-31, 2014.
Western was well-represented at the recent NASSM conference in Pittsburgh. A total of 17 presentations were given by faculty, students, and alumni. In between, the current students enjoyed a lunch hosted by Prof. and Dean Jim Weese.
Kellie Renwick, a Sport Management graduate (BA 2013) returns to Uganda with Gainline Africa.
Kellie Renwick is returning to Uganda to put what she has learned in Dr. Misener's Sport for Development courses to practice during a 2 1/2 week volunteer experience. Renwick joined Gainline Africa, which uses rugby as a tool for development in Africa's post-conflict communities, in 2012 and is now returning for a second volunteering experience. See more about her trip and fundraising efforts here.
Sport Management Graduate Students are taking part in exciting summer internships.
Several Sport Management graduate students are currently engaged in valuable sport management internships, including Mike Bratusa (Wasserman Media Group), Victoria Harris (2015 PanAm/ParaPan Am Games Organizing Committee), Victoria Niven (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment), and Nicole Jacobs (Variety Village).
Justin O’Halloran, a 4th-year Sport Management Student, served as 'Guardian of the Memorial Cup.'
Sport Management undergrad student Justin O'Halloran played a key role at this year's Memorial Cup. As part of his fourth year field experience with CSTT Sport Management, Justin was responsible for developing and guarding the Cup on a community tour, which brought the Memoral Cup to various locations around London. Read more about Justin's experience here.
Daniel Nabben was named one of three winners of the 2014 SOGS Research Western Forum.
Sport Management Masters student Daniel Nabben (working with Dr. Laura Misener) was named one of three winners of the 2014 Society of Graduate Studies Research Western Forum, for his research on Sense of Community in Small Scale Charity Events in Jeju, Korea.
Dr. Misener to take part in scholarly Think Tank focused on the IPC's strategy on Impact and Legacy
Dr. Misener will attend the inaugural meeting in Germany to discuss the practical way of moving the research agenda forward for understanding legacies associated with the Paralympic Games. The aim is to further enhance the content of the technical guidance, assistance and monitoring with the organizing committees and host cities towards achieving the targeted legacies.
Western Sport Management student volunteers at Canada Olympic House in Sochi
Jesse Porter, a 3rd year Sport Management student, recently returned from volunteering for 2 weeks at Canada Olympic House at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Jesse shared her experiences of her travels, volunteer responsibilties, and firsthand chronicles of Sochi during the Games on her personal blog
Sport Management at Western hosted the Inaugural Ontario Sport Management Collective (OSMC) Symposium
Sport Management at Western hosted the Inaugural OSMC Symposium on February 7th, 2014. Forty graduate students and faculty from Brock, Ryerson, Waterloo, Western and Windsor attended the event which included breakout sessions focused on different research areas and a panel discussion of knowledge mobilization.
Richard Peddie, former President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment visits Western
On January 29th, 2014 the Western Sport Business Club, together with Dean Jim Weese, hosted "Richard Peddie: Lessons Learned from running the Leafs, Raptors, and TFC." Peddie shared his experiences working in the industry, his career, and spoke about his new book "Dream Job."
Dr. Misener is part of a team of researchers that recieved a $143,000 SSHRC Insight Grant.
Dr. Laura Misener and co-investigators Dr. David Legg (Mount Royal University), and Collaborator Dr. Gayle McPherson (University of West Scotland) received a $143,000 three-year SSHRC insight grant through the Sport Canada Research Participation Initiative. They will be examining how the hosting of different forms of sport events for persons with a disability are being leveraged to create opportunities for community participation, and influence community attitudes towards disability.
Dr. Doherty is part of a team of researchers that recieved a $115,000 SSHRC Insight Grant.
Professor Alison Doherty, and her co-investigators Dr. Katie Misener (Waterloo) and Prof. Russ Hoye (La Trobe), received a $115,000 three-year SSHRC Insight grant through the Sport Canada Sport Participation Research Initiative. They will be studying the role of volunteer social capital in the organizational capacity of community sport.
Shalini Krishnan (BA 2013) travels to Namibia with Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC)
Recent Western Graduate, Shalini Krishnan, accepted a position as a SportsWORKS Officer with the CGC. She will spend a year working in Namibia as a Capacity Support Officer with the Namibia National Olympic Committee. Follow along on her experience here.
Dr. Danylchuk's Sport Marketing Graduate Course recently visited the CBC Studios and Right to Play
Members of Dr. Danylchuk's sport marketing graduate course recently visited the CBC Studios and Right to Play offices. Well-known CBC News Network morning host Heather Hiscox, who has covered six Olympic Games, took the group for a tour around the studio.
Dr. Misener is part of a team of researchers examining the legacy of Glascow 2014 and Toronto 2015.
Dr. Laura Misener partners with scholars from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) to examine the social legacy of the Glascow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Pan/ParapanAmerican Games in Toronto 2015. Read more...
Dr. Danylchuk recently attended the World Association for Sport Management (WASM)
Dr. Danylchuk recently returned from Aletheia University in Taipei, Taiwan where she participated in the WASM Executive Council, Board, and Annual General Meetings, held in conjunction with the third consecutive Global Sport Management Summit. An historic outcome of the meetings was the decision to award the first WASM Conference to the University Nove de Julho in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 1-3, 2014.
Dr. Danylchuk's KIN 4498 welcomed students and professors from Amsterdam's Johan Cruyff University
Dr. Karen Danylchuk's International Sport Management course (KIN 4498) hosted a group of 9 students and 2 professors from Amsterdam's Johan Cruyff University from Nov. 5 - Nov. 10. The group participated in a series of lectures and took in the sights of London and Southwestern Ontario. See more...
Support for sport and physical activity in recent Throne Speech
We are pleased to see support for sport and physical activity in the recent Throne Speech by Governor General David Johnston (Oct 17, 2013). See the Sport Matters Group press release for more information.
Dr. Doherty takes over role of Editor of Sport Management Review as of Nov. 1, 2013.
Dr. Alison Doherty will assume the role of Editor of Sport Management Review as of Nov. 1, 2013. She has served in the role of Associate Editor for the past three years.
Sport Management at Western participates in Tri-University Symposium
Sport Management was represented at the 3rd International Symposium for Collaboration in Research, Teaching and Exchange held at Western on Sept. 21, 2013, which included Western University, Victoria University (Melbourne) and the German Sports University (Cologne).
Western Sport Management welcomed Dr. Schlesinger as a visiting scholar
Dr. Torsten Schlesinger from Bern University, Switzerland, was connected with the Sport Management program while visiting London and Western on an educational leave from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2013.
Western Alumni Research featured in the News
Sport Management at Western at the 2013 North American Society for Sport Management
Western Sport Management was well represented at this year's NASSM conference in Austin, TX.
Dr. Doherty was invited to lecture at the Russian International Olympic University
Dr. Alison Doherty travelled to Sochi, Russia prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics to offer a lecture series for the Russian International Olympic University.
Dr. Danylchuk elected Vice-President of WASM
Dr. Karen Danylchuk was elected Vice-President of the recently established World Association for Sport Management.
Sport Management Students Volunteer at ISU Worlds
Western's sport management students and faculty conducted Economic Assessment Surveys on behalf of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance at the 2013 ISU World Championships held in London, ON.
Dr. Doherty and colleague Dr. Cuskelly awarded Best Paper at 2012 Academy of Management Meeting
Dr. P. Chelladurai awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws from Western
Dr. P. Chelladurai, Western Professor Emeritus, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Western at the Spring 2012 Convocation. The citation was read by Dr. Karen Danylchuk and “Chella” was hooded by Dr. Alison Doherty. Read more...
Dr. Alison Doherty was honoured at the 2012 North American Society for Sport Management conference in Seattle with the Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award and the Dr. Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Doherty was a visiting lecturer at the Norwegian School of Sport Studies in April, 2012