Sport Management

Jimmy Smith, Ph.D.

Professor Smith

Jimmy Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone:
(716) 286-8653
Fax:
(716) 286-8277
Office Location:
St. Vincent's Hall, Room 409

Bio

Jimmy Smith is an Assistant Professor in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Dr. Smith will be teaching sport management course in marketing, fundraising and revenue management.  Dr. Smith earned a Ph.D. in physical education with an emphasis in sport management at the University of Alberta.  During his time at the University of Alberta he worked closely with the internal area of the athletic department to update and develop new policies and procedures.  His area of study focused on major change within the National Collegiate Athletic Association as well as the Canadian intercollegiate athletic sport system.

Dr. Smith's prior academic background experiences include a Master¹s degree in sport administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors of Science degree in kinesiology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he was student-athlete with the baseball team.  During his time a Central Michigan University, Smith made his way up the ranks of the Central Michigan University athletic department working in areas of development and marketing where his primary duties included community outreach and revenue generation. Dr. Smith's current research agenda continues to focus on change in college athletic with a recent article being published in the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics and the Journal of Contemporary Athletics.  Other areas of interest in Dr. Smith's research finds him reviewing athletic administrative career paths and intercollegiate marketing techniques.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Physical Education and Recreation (Emphasis: Sport Management), University of Alberta
  • M.A., Sport Administration, Central Michigan University
  • B. Sc., Kinesiology (Emphasis: Fitness Management), University of Nevada Las Vegas

Teaching Courses

  • SPM 275 - Sport Management
  • SPM 455 - Sport Marketing and Promotions
  • SPM 462 - Fundraising and Revenue Management
  • SPM 525 - Strategic Sport Management

Current Research

Dr. Smith has several areas of research on his agenda.  He continues his research in organizational change within intercollegiate athletics. He also researches the institutional process of Canadian high performance sport and the superior-subordinate relationships between higher education administration, athletic directors and coaches.

Journal Publications

  • Smith,J., & Soebbing, B.P., & Washington, M. (In Press). Motivations for changing athletic associations: An athletic departments perspective. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 8(4).
  • Smith, J. & Washington, M (in press). Advancing isomorphism in higher education: A critical analysis of the careers of intercollegiate athletic directors.  Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 8(1).
  • Smith, J., Williams, D., Soebbing, B. P., & Washington, M. (2013). The influence of a university's social identity on changing athletic affiliations. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 6, 22-40.

Conference Presentations

  • Smith, J., Transitional disconnect: The case of intercollegiate athletic associational change. (2014). Abstract accepted for presentation at the Spring Global Conference on Education, University of Riverside, May 2-3, Ontario, CA.
  • Dowling, M., Smith, J. D. (Presented May 24, 2012). Still Owning the Podium? The Institutional Work of Own the Podium to Maintain High Performance Sport in Canada. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Austin, TX.
  • Smith, J. D., & Washington, M. (Presented May 24, 2012). The outcomes of change: An in-depth analysis of intercollegiate athletic associational change from the NAIA to NCAA Division III. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Seattle, WA.
  • Smith, J. D., & Washington, M. (Presented April 20, 2012). From treading water to clear objectives: Why universities change athletic associations. Presented at the College Sport Research Institute Conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Smith, J. D., &Williams, D., Soebbing, B. P., & Washington, M. (Presented April 20, 2012). Social Indicators regarding Universities Transition from the NAIA to NCAA. Presented at the College Sport Research Institute Conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Smith, J. D., & Washington, M. (Presented April 22, 2011). The consequences of change: A multiple case study of intercollegiate athletic associational change of universities in Canada. Presented at the College Sport Research Institute Conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Smith, J. D., & Washington, M. (Presented April 20, 2011). A view from the top: Athletic director experiences in relation to university characteristics. Presented at the College Sport Research Institute Conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Smith, J. D., & Soebbing, B. P., & Washington, M. (Presented June 4, 2010). Organizational culture through organizational change: An examination of universities changing athletic classifications. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference in Tampa, Florida.
  • Smith, J. D., & Washington, M. (Presented, May 22, 2010). Coaching-centered versus business-centered: The career experiences of Canadian Interuniversity Sport athletic directors. Presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Service

  • Student experience leadership: Super Bowl XLVIII (2014), Major League Baseball Diversity Summit (2014), Super Bowl XLVIV (2015)