Sangkwon Lee, Ph.DAssistant Professor 264 MACC Annex
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Dr. Sangkwon Lee has bachelor and master’s degree in Economics and received a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. His main research areas are economic and financial analysis of sport, tourism and recreation, market analysis of the tourism, sport, and recreation industry, and sustainable community development. Dr. Lee joined Kent State University in 2007, and currently teaches courses in Financial Aspects of Sport and Recreation, Sport Marketing, and Event Planning and Production.
Mark LybergerAssociate Professor 264K Gym Annex
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As an Ohio native I began my educational pursuits at Ohio University where I earned a B.S. in Health/Long Term Care Administration in 1985 and a M.A. from the University of Akron in 1989. In the course of my early tenure, I was actively involved as a consumer, coach, administrator, and participant in a variety of managerial and sport endeavors. These experiences help to solidify my chosen career pursuit of a Ph.D. in Sport Management/Marketing from the Ohio State University. I completed my degree in the spring of 1996 and in the subsequent fall joined the Kent State community. My recent research interests have focused on consumer consumption behavior, marketing, sponsorship, and leadership. In addition, I have worked collaboratively with a variety of community and business organizations to conduct market and facility usage/impact feasibility studies. Currently, I am working with colleagues to complete texts on event planning and promotion/public relations in sport as well as a variety studies related to consumption behavior and sport.
Daniel MahonyDean and Professor 408 White Hall
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Dan Mahony is the Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and a professor of sport management. Prior to coming to Kent State University, he spent 13 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Louisville. His administrative positions included sport administration program director, department chair, associate dean, assistant provost, and associate provost. Before becoming a faculty member, he worked in both public accounting and intercollegiate athletics. Dan has a B.S. in accounting from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in sport management from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in sport management from Ohio State University. He is an active researcher in the areas of sport consumer behavior and intercollegiate athletics and has published over 50 articles in various refereed journals, several book chapters, and one book. Dan is a NASSM Research Fellow and won the 2007 Earle F. Zeigler Award from the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) for his research contributions to the field. He also served as President of NASSM from 2003-2004.
Aaron MulrooneyAssociate Professor 264 Gym Annex
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My educational background is primarily in business and law. I received a B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. in Finance as well as a J.D. all from the University of Akron. My sport background comes primarily from experience as a collegiate and professional tennis player. I also worked for a number of years with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Richfield Coliseum in a variety of capacities while completing my degrees. I am currently a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. My primary research has been legal liability and risk management practices of sport, recreation and public assembly facilities and I have written a number of articles, book chapters and a text in this area. My current project, The Journal of Sport, provides our graduate students with the opportunity to review and assess research submitted for publication. During my tenure at Kent I have served as Sport Administration Coordinator, Graduate Coordinator and Assistant to the Director of the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport.
Kimberly Schimmel, Ph.DAssociate Professor 263 Memorial Gym Annex
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Kim is an Associate Professor of the Sociology of Sport and an Affiliate to the Women's Studies Program. She earned her bachelors degree at Muskingum College (1983), masters degree at Miami University - Ohio (1987), and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1994). Her classes include "Sport and Society" and "Sport in Global Perspective," which focus on domestic and global diversity issues. Kim's scholarship is framed by political economic theory and addresses problems associated with urban (re)development and large scale sporting events in local-global context. She is the Vice President of the International Sociology of Sport Association and the Associate Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal. Kim is a recipient of KSU's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Theresa WaltonAssociate Professor 264F Gym Annex
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Walton earned a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Oregon University (1993), a M.A. (2000) and PhD (2002) in Cultural Studies from the University of Iowa. She joined the Kent State faculty in 2003, attaining tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2009. Drawing on critical cultural studies, her scholarship focuses on investigations of power relationships and the ways those relationships are both resisted and maintained within mediated sport narratives as well as in school settings. In particular, she has examined media discourse of Title IX and sport, women's amateur wrestling, and elite distance running. She has also investigated the ways high school girls understand and experience their embodied and mediated identities. Walton's work has been accepted in the Sociology of Sport Journal, the Journal of Sport History, the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, the Journal of Popular Culture and Sport, Education & Society.