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Department of Kinesiology Master of Science in Sport Management

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Master's in Sport Management Faculty

What makes UIndy a top choice for a Master's of Sport Management program? It starts with our people. Our classes are team-taught by professionals from UIndy's kinesiology department, the NCAA, Butler University and the Horizon League.

UIndy faculty

Dr. Michael Diacin, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Michael Diacin

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Master of Sport Management Program
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 243
317-791-5703
diacinm@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
sport facility operations and management; sociocultural foundations of sport; professional and curriculum development in sport management

Background
Dr. Diacin has a professional background in sport facility and operation management. Responsibilities have included the management of programming, personnel, and revenues with multi-purpose sport and recreation facilities. Academic related accomplishments include six publications as either lead or second author in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals as well as 12 presentations at state, national, and international conferences.

Research Interests
parental involvement in youth sports; experiential learning and internship development in sport management; constraints upon family sport and recreation consumption

Education
PhD, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Tennessee
MEd, Sport Management, Bowling Green State University
BS, Sport Management, Bowling Green State University

Fun facts
I know how to drive a Zamboni (and fortunately have never run anyone over)!

Favorite thing about UIndy
I like the small class sizes and community atmosphere that exists on campus.

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, associate professor of kinesiology

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Sport Management Undergraduate Program
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 365
317-788-2114
jvansickle@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
event management, volunteer management, project-based learning, service learning

Background
Dr. VanSickle was named Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and and Dance (IAHPERD) Sport Management Faculty of the Year and University of Indianapolis School of Education Teacher of the Year.  She is the lead author on 18 articles and abstracts published in national and state journals and has delivered over 25 presentations at state, national and international conferences. She has also consulted with area sport organizations including the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, NCAA, Indy Parks and Recreation and Special Olympics Indiana, and has served on planning committees for Super Bowl XLVI, NCAA Final Fours and NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Research Interests
sponsorship, volunteer motivations (events), service learning, gender equity

Education
EdD, Sport Management, University of Kentucky
MS, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Morehead State University
BS, Secondary Education, Union College

Fun facts
I hiked to the top of Half Dome (and back) in Yosemite National Park, in one day! I have played basketball competitively in 5 different countries.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and cares about the students.

Dr. Suzanne Willey, Department of Kinesiology, Athletics

Dr. Suzanne Willey

VP for Intercollegiate Athletics
Associate Professor
Kinesiology
Athletics

Ruth Lilly Center, Main Athletic Office
317-788-3412
swilley@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
athletic administration, Title IX, gender equity, history of women in sport, sports governance

Background
Dr. Sue Willey, the NACDA 2010 Under Armour Division II Central Region Athletic Director of the Year and 2005 NACWAA Division II Administrator of the Year, has guided the Greyhounds to uncharted territory in her time at the helm. Dr. Willey has established UIndy as one of the top overall athletic programs in both NCAA Division II and the state of Indiana. In four of the last five seasons, UIndy has been the highest-ranked athletic program in Indiana across all divisions and the NAIA. Willey has been very active in the governance of Division II and continues to serve in various leadership positions on conference and NCAA committees.

Education
PED, Administration and Higher Education, Indiana University
MS, Coaching and Administration, Indiana University
BS, Health and Physical Education, University of Indianapolis

Fun facts
I love Division II. Division II is second to none!

Favorite thing about UIndy
the people

Co-instructors

Wayne Burrow

Associate Adjunct Faculty
Kinesiology

Expertise:
Human Resource Management 

Background
Mr. Wayne Burrow is an associate adjunct professor in Kinesiology. He was the Assistant Commissioner, Championships and Scheduling, for the Horizon League. He will share his expertise with the Human Resources Management course (KINS 550). Within his current role at the Horizon League, Mr. Burrow directly manages or assists in the management of 19 conference championship events. In addition, he serves as the scheduling liaison for all conference sports as well as supervises the Horizon League’s signage package used at all championship events. He has been with the Horizon League since 2009.

Prior to joining the Horizon League, Mr. Burrow served as the Director of Championships, Associate Director of Championships, and Assistant Director of Championships during an 18 year career with the NCAA. Within this role, he administered over 75 National Championships in 14 different sports. Furthermore, he prepared tournament operations manuals, sports handbooks and other administrative materials for selected championships, sports committees and divisional championships committees.

Mr. Burrow’s career in intercollegiate athletics administration also includes directing the development, marketing and promotions activities at the College of William and Mary as well as managing athletics events at the University of Texas. Lastly, he has coordinated events on an international level as he has served at swim meets staged by World University Games and the Fédération Internationale de Natation World Swimming Championships.

Gail Dent

Associate Director of Public and Media Relations
NCAA

Expertise:
Strategic Communication

Background
Gail Dent, Associate Director of Public and Media Relations at the NCAA, will lend her expertise to the Strategic Communication course (KINS 520). In her current position, Dent works with national media and focuses on communications surrounding NCAA issues and programs. Her specific areas of responsibility include corporate relations, diversity and inclusion issues, student-athlete programs and initiatives, select NCAA championships, the NCAA Hall of Champions public attraction, and various NCAA community activities. She has been with the NCAA for 11 years.

Prior to the NCAA, she focused on international and national public relations for the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she managed media initiatives related to USOC corporate sponsors, the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and onsite tours, sports medicine and science, USOC programs, and Center media training. She was a member of the USOC’s official delegation at the 1997 World University Games in Catania, Sicily; the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan; the 1999 World University Games in Mallorca, Spain; and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She also assisted with media and outreach efforts for the USOC White House visits in Washington, D.C.

Prior to the NCAA and USOC, Dent worked in athletics communications at the University of Kentucky, handling the media relations for a variety of programs, including women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. She was the secondary media contact for the Wildcats football team and also assisted with media duties for the men’s basketball team in the postseason.

Dr. Isabell Mills

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

Areas of Expertise
Event management and sport marketing

Background
Dr. Mills has co-authored articles in national and international journals related to consumer-based brand equity in professional sports, health clubs, and campus recreational sports. She has also presented her research at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM,) Sport Marketing Association (SMA), and Global Sport Business Association (GSBA). Additionally, Dr. Mills has interned and volunteered with several sport organizations around Indianapolis such as Great Lakes Valley Conference, Special Olympics Indiana, Indiana Sports Corporation, NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, and NCAA Yes Clinic.

Research Interest
Sport and fitness brand management; student-athlete experience

Education
BS, Sport Management, University of Indianapolis
MS, Sport Management, Indiana University
PhD, Sport Management, Indiana University

Fun facts
UIndy is my alma mater and I met my husband Braxton Mills here.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The family atmosphere. Go Hounds!

Dr. Roberta Page

Director of Championships
NCAA

Expertise:
Event and Facility Management

Areas of Expertise
athletic administration, event management, employee and university relations 

Background
Dr. Roberta Page joined the NCAA in June 2009 and currently serves as the Director of Championships. Her duties include administration of national championships and serves as the championships governance liaison for Division I, II and III and Academic and Membership Affairs. Prior to joining the NCAA, Page served as the Director of Athletics at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Page received a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University and two master's degrees from Western Maryland College. In 2002, she earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Duquesne University.