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Sport Management Research


Adam Cohen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Exercise & Sport Sciences, Rm 135
(806) 834-0914


Angela Lumpkin, Ph.D.
Professor & Department Chair
Exercise & Sport Sciences, Rm 140
(806) 742-3371


Dana Massengale, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Exercise & Sport Sciences, Rm 131
(806) 834-1886


Nicole Melton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Exercise & Sport Sciences, Rm 130
(806) 834-1122


Calvin Nite, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Exercise & Sport Sciences, Rm 133


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Research Environment

Texas Tech and the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences support high quality research endeavors resulting in journal publications and conference presentations. Faculty within the Sport Management program mentor students interested in studying various issues within intercollegiate athletics and other social issues within the sport context. Students are encouraged and expected to submit their research projects to national conferences for presentations. Students interested in conducting research or completing theses should contact current faculty members with their research interests.

Current Faculty Topics

  • Escalation of Commitment in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • College Athlete Identity Development
  • Stakeholder Perceptions of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Organizational Change and Rebranding through Athletics

Select Publications

Nite, C., Singer, J.N., Cunningham, G. B. (accepted for publication). Addressing competing logics between the mission of a religious university and the demands of intercollegiate athletics. Sport Management Review.

Nite, C.& Underwood, S. J. (accepted for publication). Integrating geographic information systems (GIS) into sport business research and practice. International Journal of Revenue Management.

Nite, C.& Singer, J. N. (2012) Qualitative Inquiry: Quality Research for Connecting with and Affecting Change in Sport Populations. Qualitative Research Journal, 12(1), 88-97.

Nite, C.(2012). Challenges for supporting student-athlete development: Perspectives from an NCAA Division II athletic department. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 5, 1-14.

Nite, C.& Bouchet, A. (2011) Trust: The foundation of effective teams. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 26, 278-284.


Current Grants

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M., & Bouchet, A. (2012). Toward predicting escalation of commitment in intercollegiate athletics: Normalizing determinants in athletic departments. Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant. Funded $3059.