Dr. Anthony Dixon earned his doctoral degree from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in sport, tourism, and economic development. Dr. Dixon earned his Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University in 2002. Dr. Dixon teaches finance, event management, research methods, and senior seminar.
Research Interests – Economic valuation of sport and tourism; Consumer behaviors; Participant and spectator preferences; collegiate and professional sport; Event management
Dr. Carroll received a Master’s in Exercise & Sport Sciences from the University of Florida in 2004 and his PhD in Human Performance (concentration in Sport Management) from the University of Florida in 2009. He has taught courses in legal issues in sport, sport governance, research methods, facility management, social and ethical issues in sport, and critical issues in sport. He has experience working in the Ticket Office of the University of Florida and with the Hula Bowl in Maui, Hawaii.
Research Interests – Legal issues in sport and recreation; Risk management; sport-related hazing and bullying; legal issues regarding the NCAA and student-athletes; disability sport.
Dr. Chelladurai received a B.Com., D.P.E.D. from the University of Madras; an M.A. in Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario; and an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He was awarded the Honorary Degree of LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) by The University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2012 for his contributions to the field of sport management. Dr. Chelladurai is among the few international scholars offering Olympic Solidarity’s Executive Masters in Sport Organizations Management (MEMOS). He specializes in organizational theory and organizational behavior in the context of sport and teaches courses in organizational theory and human resource management.
Research Interests – Decision Making; Emotional Labor; Leadership; Organizational Capacity; Organizational Commitment; Organizational Effectiveness; Organizational Justice; Organizational Structure; Satisfaction; Service Quality; Volunteers;
Dr. Fred Green received a Ph.D. in Physical Education with a specialization in Sport Administration from the Florida State University and a Master of Education from Frostburg State (Maryland). He teaches classes in marketing, facility management, administration, current issues, organizational behavior, leadership and sport psychology. Prior to his work as a professor, he was a recreation director in Southwest Florida and coached basketball for several years.
Research Interests – Fan attendance; College football rivalries; History and geography of sport in United States
Dr. Lewis received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Glenville State College and her Master’s in Business Administration from Fairmont State University. She went on to obtain her PhD in Hospitality Management from Iowa State University. Prior to teaching at Troy University, she taught at Glenville State College. Dr. Lewis worked in the hospitality industry for several years as a hotel property manager prior to teaching in higher education. She teaches courses focused on hospitality management including: HR Management in Hospitality, Hotel Management, Hospitality Service, and Leisure in Society.
Research Interests - Thanatourism (Dark Tourism), Motivations and Intentions of Tourists, Hotel Servicescapes
Dr. Goldsmith received a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Sport and Recreation Management; a Masters degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Sport Science; and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Sport Management. Dr. Goldsmith’s primary line of inquiry in the field of sport management has been focused in the area of organizational behavior and ethical decision-making. He has spent a majority of his effort investigating the role of antecedent conditions and cost-benefit analysis towards whistleblowing intention in sports. Through his research he proposed a new conceptual model to better understand the increased prevalence of whistleblowing (e.g., the disclosure by organization members (former and current) of illegal, immoral, or illegitimate practices under the control of their employers, to persons or organizations that may be able to affect action) in sport by determining the antecedent conditions that dictate whistleblowing intention. In addition, Goldsmith joined the Walker Research Group, LLC. in 2013 as a Project Manager where he assisted as a co-investigator in numerous research consulting projects, funded grant writing, fieldwork, and the development of technical reports. He has participated in multiple grant-funded research projects (totaling more than $115,000) for sport and related organizations in the United States.
Research Interests - Organizational Behavior, Ethical Decision-Making, Sport Whistleblowing Motives, Sport Entertainment, Intercollegiate Athletics (e.g., NCAA, student athlete experiences)
Dr. Holladay earned his Ph.D. from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management with an emphasis in Travel & Tourism; a M.S. from Eastern Kentucky University in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Applied Ecology; and a B.S. from Clemson University in Aquaculture, Fisheries & Wildlife Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology. He teaches in the area of tourism management and has conducted tourism and ecological-based research in Eastern Europe, Central America, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and across the United States.
Research Interests - Sustainable tourism; Ecotourism; Community development; Resilience of social-ecological systems; Theology; Food Systems
Dr. MinKil Kim received a Ph.D. and a M.S. in sport management from University of Florida and B.S. in Marketing from University of Alabama. He teaches in the areas of sport marketing, sport finance, sport administration, sport communication, statistics, and research methods.
Research Interests - Sport consumer behavior; Cross-cultural study; Service quality; Martial arts; Sport event planning; Sport branding
Dr. Win Koo earned his doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas in Recreation and Sport Management with an emphasis in Sport Marketing and Statistics. Dr. Koo received a M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Management and a B.S. in Sports & Leisure Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He teaches sport marketing, sport finance, research methods, and statistics while his research interests include the various aspects of marketing and consumer behavior in intercollegiate athletics and other sports settings.
Research Interests - Sport sponsorship/endorsement (e.g., image transfer and schematic information process); sport consumer behavior (e.g., team identification, motives, constraints); service marketing in sports; brand equity in intercollegiate athletics.
Dr. Robert Mathner earned a Ph.D. in Physical Education with a specialization in Sport Administration from The Florida State University, Master of Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. He teaches in the areas of sport governance and policy, sport event management, sport administration, sport ethics, and sport organizational behavior and leadership. His prior work experience includes working in the athletics departments at UCF, Syracuse University, the University of Montana, The Florida State University, and with the Atlanta Braves Marketing and Promotions Department.
Research Interests – Sports wagering; Sportsmanship
Dr. Shannon Xu earned her doctoral degree from North Carolina State University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in sustainable tourism and Geographic Information Systems. Dr. Xu received a M.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from University of Missouri, and a B.A. in English (specialization in Tourism management) from Dalian University of Foreign Languages back in China. She teaches tourism principles, domestic and international tourism, issues in tourism, and leisure in society.
Research Interests – sustainable tourism (rural tourism), themed touring routes (e.g., wine trails, golf trails) and the application of GIS in the tourism field.
Dr. Price received a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Parks and Recreation Administration, with an emphasis and certification in Therapeutic Recreation, from Florida International University and went on to complete her PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah. She has worked as an instructor at the University of Utah, University of West Florida, and Florida State University. She teaches courses in Hospitality, Restaurant, and Hotel Management, Recreation Programming and Leadership, and Social Psychology of Leisure, Recreation Principles, and Revenue Management, Generation and Human Resources with the Hospitality Industry. Her work experience includes recreation positions onboard cruise ships, summer camps, psychiatric units, nursing homes, and served in commercial recreation as Director of Recreation for several Florida resorts. She then founded and ran her own recreation consulting company, Go Play, Inc. for 13 years. She lives in Destin, FL with her husband and son.
Research Interests – Visitors’ intentions to return/Theory of Planned Behavior; Tourism disaster, resilience and economic impact; Heroes on the Water Veterans Therapeutic Recreation/Kayak fishing effects on PTSD; Privatization within the Public Parks Sector; Convention attendants & factors that impact their revisit intention; wage and salary studies in commercial recreation/hospitality industry.