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Doctoral Progam in Sports and Fitness Administration

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports and Fitness Administration

The sport industry is growing in size and sophistication.  Domestically and internationally, diversity spans sports in the professional, collegiate, community, fitness, and recreational programming capacities.  To better serve its clients and provide outstanding services, this industry demands cutting-edge research and well-trained professionals. Aligned with these trends, the Health and Human Performance Department at the University of Houston uses a multilevel approach for the Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports and fitness administration.  This doctoral program is designed for the following candidates:
  • Future faculty researchers who will conduct theoretical and applied studies
  • Future industry leaders in the areas of professional sports, event management, fitness and recreational management, and collegiate athletic administration
  • Educators at all levels.

Please review available faculty below to identify possible research interests, and contact them individually with any questions.

Sports and Fitness Administration Faculty


Dr. Michael Cottingham

Dr. Cottingham’s research focuses on perceptions of athletes with disabilities and the relationship between those perceptions and sport spectatorship, promotional efforts, and participation. In addition, his research has examined the organizational structure and participation in disability sport.
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Dr. Billy Hawkins

Dr. Billy Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins is the author of The New Plantation: Black Athletes, College Sports, and Predominantly White NCAA Institutions; and co-author of Sport, Race, Activism, and Social Change: The Impact of Dr. Harry Edwards’ Scholarship and Service, The Athletic Experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Past, Present, and Persistence, and the forthcoming Critical Race Theory: Black Athletic Sporting Experiences in the United States. His teaching and research contributions are in the areas of sociology of sport and cultural studies, sport management, and sport for development.
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Dr. Dong Hun Lee

Dr. Lee’s primary research interests include fan/spectator behaviors, measurement, and branding. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals including Journal of Sport Management and Sport Management Review.
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