Welcome to my webpage. I am an associate professor in the Recreation and Sport Management program at the University of Arkansas, where I have been on faculty since August 2008. I serve as coordinator for our Recreation and Sport Management program, and hold a Dean's Fellow appointment in the College of Education and Health Professions for the 2013-14 academic year. This webpage is maintained by me and not my employer. I am responsible for its content.
I teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Sport Communication and Promotions, Sport Management, Finance, and Research Methods.
My research interests include how sport organizations use new media in their PR efforts, as well as the legal concerns in sport media rights such as carriage issues and the role of Congress, the FCC, and the court system in regulating media rights. Having spent 10-plus years in the Olympic movement, I also have a keen interest in the Olympic movement and the governance of international sport in the United States. I co-authored Sport Public Relations: Managing Stakeholder Communication, published by Human Kinetics in 2012. This is the second edition of a text originally published in 2006.
I have held visiting assistant professor appointments in the AACSB-accredited MBA program at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain, where I taught a course in Sport Media and Public Relations, and with Ohio University's Professional Masters in Sport Administration where I taught a course on Sport Governance and Policy.
Prior to entering higher education, I worked 10+ years in sport public relations. I received a PhD in educational leadership and organizational development from the University of Louisville in 2007, an MA in communication from Drake University in 1995, and a BA in news-editorial journalism in 1991, also from Drake University.
I had the good fortune of working at two Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake City 2002), traveling to 10 countries, and presenting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. I served as Director of Venue Press Services in Salt Lake City (that is me on the right with Frank Zang in the press area at Snowbasin). Prior to that, I worked with the Atlanta organizing committee and USA Wrestling. I have worked three U.S. Olympic Festivals, a Pan American Games, an NCAA Final Four, and countless professional, collegiate, and international sporting events. I also had a brief (two-year) stint outside of sports working for a PR agency and in a corporate PR setting.
I speak a conversational Spanish, meaning I can read menus, order at a restaurant and find the metro back to my hotel.
I was born in Redondo Beach, Calif. and am a lifelong Dodgers fan. My first Major League Baseball game (that I recall clearly) was July 20, 1975, a 5-3 Dodgers extra inning win on a Sunday afternoon. A walk-off HR by John Hale.