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9th Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 12:00pm

Tourism and Sport

The Fox School of Business offers a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport. This concentration is unique, as it builds upon the power of Fox in conjunction with the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). As a result, our graduates can apply for Business faculty positions as well as faculty positions at universities that offer Hospitality, Recreation, Sport and Tourism degrees.  Our graduates have accepted positions at universities such as the University of Denver, Southern Denmark University and the University of Memphis.

The concentration has 16 full-time, highly productive faculty members that have collectively produced 78 papers for refereed academic journals since July 2010. Faculty research is regularly published in leading journals, including the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Sport Management and Journal of Leisure Research. Our PhD students work closely with faculty on research projects through the National Laboratory for Tourism and eCommerce (NLTeC) and the Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC).

For more information please consult the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management website and program promotional materials.

Tourism and Sport Faculty

Concentration Advisor: Daniel Funk

Title: Professor & Washburn Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Factors of Consumer Involvement; Psychological Continuum Model
Office: Speakman Hall 300

Joris Drayer

Title: Assistant Professor & Director
Research Interests: Price Setting Strategies and Theory
Office: Speakman Hall 366

Daniel Fesenmaier

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Tourism Marketing and Information Technology, Use of Internet Technology Products, Travel Advertising and Demand Analysis
Office: Speakman Hall 300

Jeremy S. Jordan

Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Theoretical Framework of Involvement, Individual and Community Benefits
Office: Speakman Hall 366

Aubrey Kent

Title: Chair and Associate Professor
Research Interests: Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Corporate Social Responsibility
Office: Speakman Hall 111 C

Ceridwyn King

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Brand Management, Services Management, Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Office: Speakman Hall 306

Thilo Kunkel

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Consumer Attitudes, Sport and Event Behavior
Office: Speakman Hall 307

Seul Ki Lee

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Location Analysis, Real Estate Components and Pricing Strategies, Spatial Econometric Models
Office: Speakman Hall 368

Joseph E. Mahan III

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Sport Consumer Psychology
Office: Speakman Hall 365

Joel Maxcy

Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Organizational constraints and the Effects of Incentive Structures
Office: Speakman Hall 366

Chihyung (Michael) Ok

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Customer Satisfaction, Emotional Labor and Intelligence
Office: Speakman Hall 361

Wesley Roehl

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Recreation and Resource Development
Office: Speakman Hall 311

Yang Yang

Title: Assistant Professor

Tourism and Sport Students

Jooa Baek

Before joining the PhD program, I received both PhD and MS in Hospitality & Tourism management from Kyunghee University, and BS degree in Geography from Sungshin Womans University. Prior joining Temple University, I worked for the 5 star luxury hotels as a hotelier and a marketer who mainly in charged of revenue management; morover, I had academic working experiences working as a senior researcher at the KMA and an instructor for the hotel management course. My current research interests are operation management, services management and brand strategy in the hospitality industry.

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Bradley Baker

Bradley joined the Ph.D. program as a Presidential Fellow in 2012. He holds an MS degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University and BS from Johns Hopkins University, where he double majored in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences. His research interests span both consumer behavior and organizational behavior. He currently works with the Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC), where he has a focus on conducting economic impact analysis of events. Since November 2012, he has served as Editorial Assistant for Sport Marketing Quarterly.

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Jose Balandran

Jose received an A.A.S in Culinary Arts Management, Restaurant Management from Middlesex County College. He also received a B.A. in Communications Studies from The College of New Jersey and a M.T.H.M. in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Temple University. Jose’s research interests include Festival management; Food and Beverage Management and Ethnicity; and Sexuality and Diversity Issues in Tourism and Hospitality.

Mark Diehl

Mark Diehl is a native of Denver Colorado. He received his BSc in Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University and MBA from the Warsaw Center at the University of Oregon. He chose Temple for its Sports Management faculty, and his research interests include: league structure/competitive balance and labor markets/collective bargaining.

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James Du

James Du is a Ph.D. student in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport at the Fox School of Business and a research and teaching assistant at School of Tourism & Hospitality Management at Temple University. Prior to Temple, he received a Master of Education in Sport Sociology & International Business (cognate) from Huazhong (Central China) Normal University, as well as a Master of Science in Sport Management from College of Business at University of New Haven. Before entry to academia, he previously worked as a Manager Assistant at Sports Marketing Department at a world-renowned sporting goods brand in Beijing, China, as well as a NBA contracted correspondent for Alley-oop Sports & Entertainment Magazine.

James' research interests lie in consumer behavior within the field of sports management. He is currently working with faculties and colleagues at Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC) on investigating the economic impact of Mass Participation Sport Events (MPSE, a population-based intervention, on hosting communities in conjunction with examining positive behavioral, attitudinal changes as well as contextual effects that the events can bring to engaging participants by utilizing the theoretical framework of involvement. Another research focus is on application and customization of cutting-edge statistical & econometric methodologies and research designs in resolving business problems for sport management practitioners. His work has been accepted and presented at a number of leading academic conferences including the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), and Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow (SEVT).

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Vincent Frascella

Vincent Frascella earned an MBA with a focus on Human Resources from Rutgers University. He is currently a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Fox School of Business/STHM and plans to complete his degree in Spring 2014. His research interests include volunteer management, internal branding, and organizational legitimacy. His research has been presented at NASSM conferences in 2012 and 2013.

Wonsok (Frank) Jee

Wonsok (Frank) Jee joined the Ph.D program in Fall 2012. He holds a M.S degree in Tourism Management from New York University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Korea University. Before joining Temple, Frank worked as a foreign direct investment consultant for the KOTRA (Korea Trade & Investment Promotion Agency) NY office and as research analyst at PhoCusWright Inc. His current research interest lies in the areas of revenue management and consumer demand analysis in the tourism and sport industry.

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Kim Jeongmi

Jeongmi received a B.A. in Tourism Science from Hanyang University (Cum Laude), Korea and a M.A. in Tourism Science from Hanyang University, Korea. Jeongmi’s research interests include Designing Tourism Experience & Place; the Effects of Sensory Information on Emotion; Memory and Behavior; and Social Media Mediation of Tourism Experience.

Minsun Kim

I joined the PhD program at Temple University Fox School of Business in August 2013, with research emphasis on hospitality revenue management. I hold MS degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from University of Houston. Prior to joining the Fox School of Business, I worked six years ranging from food and beverage operations and service training specialization, to hospitality asset management consulting, and to hotel revenue management in the United States.

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Jaeseok Lee

Jaeseok Lee is a 3rd year PhD student in the Fox School of Business & School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University. He received Master of Tourism and Bachelor of Tourism Management from Kyung Hee University, Korea. His research interests are gamblers’ behavior in the on/off-line settings and structural equation modeling. He extends and applies consumer behavior theory into gambler behavior and examines the similarity and difference. His works are mainly focused on what aspects alter gambler behavior as compared to the general consumer and on whether those aspects are applicable to hospitality and tourism consumers. He likes to discuss validity issues across diverse SEM topics such as multi-group analysis, latent growth curve model, multi-level (hierarchical) analysis, and MIMIC model (reflective and formative approaches). He currently has two papers published at Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Gambling Studies, and presented his works several times at Annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism (2010, 2012) and TOSOK International Tourism Conference (2012, 2013). He has four more papers published at Korean journals.

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Mi Ae Lee

I am a Ph.D. student in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport at the Fox School of Business. Before joining the PhD program at Temple University, I earned a Master’s degree in Leisure Studies with an emphasis on Recreational Sport Management at the University of Iowa. My diverse academic and professional experiences are at the intersection between fashion and sports. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics at Inha University in Korea and an Associate in Applied Science of Fashion Marketing and Management degree at Berkeley College in New York. Also, I worked as a textile merchandiser and a fabric trading agent for Tristate Trading Limited, a Hong Kong-based buying office and garment manufacturer. My research interests lies in consumer behavior and psychology within the context of sport, which creates opportunities to identify the development of consumer behaviors in a variety of sport and recreation sectors.

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Pauline Milwood

Pauline received an Executive MBA from The University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. She has also received a B.Sc. in Hotel Management from The University of the West Indies in Nassau (The Bahamas) & Mona (Jamaica). Her research interests include Knowledge and Innovation Networks in Tourism, and Destination Management Organization Performance

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Jason Stienmetz

Jason Stienmetz is a Ph.D. student at Temple University's Fox School of Business studying business administration with a concentration in tourism and sport. Jason works as a research assistant at the National Laboratory for Tourism and eCommerce. In addition to over 10 years of working experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, Jason served as an economic development specialist with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. Jason earned his Master of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and his research interests include tourism metrics, big data analytics, and SMART tourism.

Christine Wegner

Christine earned a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.S. in Education from Brooklyn College. Her research interests include: sport for social change, program evaluation, and gender issues in sport. She is currently involved in a three-year program evaluation for a local nonprofit youth sport and development program, collaborating with researchers from two other Philadelphia area universities. She is also part of an ongoing research project that explores the theoretical and practical implications of a national running organization for black women runners, a project funded in part by Fox’s Young Scholars Seed Funding in November of 2012.

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Choe Yeongbae

Mr. Yeongbae Choe is a PhD student in the Fox School of Business and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and works as a research assistant at the National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce, Temple University. He received both his Bachelor and Master degree from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. His research interest includes tourist’s decision-making process, tourist information behavior, unplanned behavior, and effectiveness of destination advertising.

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Financial Aid

All students admitted to our program are considered for full financial support. Funding typically comes in the form of an assistantship and includes full tuition and a competitive stipend for at least four years, based on adequate progress and yearly evaluations. Students who apply before the January 15 deadline will also be considered for Temple’s prestigious university fellowships.

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