Dr. Laura Burton
Dr. Laura Burton is a Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Educational Leadership at the Neag School of Education. She has been part of the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut since September of 2004. Prior to her time at UConn, she was an assistant professor at North Carolina State University. Prior to her doctoral work at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Burton worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer and athletic administrator at Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Dr. Burton holds a PhD in Social Science of Sport, Sport Management from the University of Connecticut, an MS in Physical Education, Athletic Training Concentration from Illinois State University, and a BS in Biology from Fairfield University. Dr. Burton's research interests include: how to increase women's representation in leadership positions in sport management; and how the experience of sport participation influences women's career progression in business management and sport management. She is also the Associate Editor of the Journal for Intercollegiate Sport. Dr. Burton is co-editor, with John Borland and Greg Kane, of one of the first textbooks focusing on leadership in sport, Sport Leadership in the 21st Century (Jones & Bartlett publishers). In 2009, The North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) awarded her a NASSM Research Grant for her project "Understanding the Role of Athletic Participation in Managerial Career Progression: An Evaluation through the Lens of Role Congruity Theory."
Dr. Joseph Cooper
Dr. Joseph Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, he served as an instructor and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia while completing his doctorate. Dr. Cooper's research agenda focuses on the nexus between sport, education, race, and culture with an emphasis on sport as a catalyst for holistic development and positive changes in society. He is a member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Kinesiology, Sport Management and Policy, at the University of Georgia and an MA in Exercise and Sport Science, Sport Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds both a BA in Sociology and a BA in Recreation Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Jennifer McGarry
Dr. McGarry has been a part of the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut since January of 2002 after spending eight years as an athletic administrator and volleyball coach at Kenyon College in Ohio, including two years as athletic director. She received her PhD in Sport Management with a concentration in Sociology from The Ohio State University, an MA in English from Morehead State University and a BA in English and Secondary Education from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. McGarry's research line has focused primarily on barriers and supports for women and those from marginalized ethnic and socio-economic groups. She is a research fellow with Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the North American Society for Sport Management. Dr. McGarry is also the program founder and director for Husky Sport. Husky Sport has both a program and a research component. The program provides mentors (UConn students) as planners of sessions at community sites in Hartford, CT that emphasize exposure and access to sport and physical activity, and advocate good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Research has focused on individual level impacts of such a program on pre-adolescents and the reciprocal impact of involvement in such a program on the college student mentors. Additionally, current research is focused on the organizational or socio-cultural level impacts of campus-community partnerships. For more see www.huskysport.uconn.edu.