Title

Are Sport Management Doctoral Programs Meeting the Needs of the Faculty Job Market? Observations for Today and the Future.

Publication Title

Journal of Sport Management

Publication Date

4-2004

Document Type

Article

Keywords

sports management, sports administration, job vacancies, doctoral programs, sports faculty

Disciplines

Business | Sports Management

Abstract

Weese (2002) recently expressed concerns about the faculty job market in sport management. The purpose of the current article is to examine and discuss both the number of doctoral students being produced and the adequacy of their preparation for faculty positions. The authors surveyed doctoral-program faculty and reviewed advertised open positions to provide the basis for observations regarding current and future issues relative to this job market. Whereas the authors found that approximately 70 jobs are advertised each year in sport management, doctoral programs produce only about 15 graduates annually, suggesting that the numbers produced are clearly insufficient. When examining the adequacy of the students' preparation, the authors found research preparation is considered to be most important. Doctoral programs in sport management, however, also place high emphasis on teaching preparation.

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