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 Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management (STHM). Ongoing research in the concentration includes work in three primary areas: Marketing and Social Engagement which unitizes interdisciplinary research to examine academic and industry developments at the individual, consumer, employee and community levels; Strategic Management and Experience Design to address the strategic development and branding of service organizations; and Economics and Asset Management to conduct economics and econometric analysis, finance, strategic decision making, revenue management, and industry studies. The Tourism and Sport concentration is designed to prepare PhD students for  faculty positions at universities that offer hospitality, recreation, sport, and tourism degrees.  STHM graduates have accepted positions at universities such as the University of Florida, University of Denver, University of Minnesota, James Maddison University, Loughborough University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Colorado State University, University of Surrey, Virginia Technology University and University of Houston.

The concentration has 14 full-time, highly productive faculty members that have collectively produced over 240 papers for refereed academic journals since July 2011. The STHM faculty have editorial board appointments at leading academic journals and is regularly published in leading journals, including the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and Tourism Management. Our PhD students work closely with faculty on research projects and papers.  Our students regularly present at national and international conferences and have received awards for best paper at various conferences.

The Tourism and Sport concentration provides students an opportunity to advance their research and teaching skills.  The course work takes approximately two years and provides students with an appropriate blend of theoretical and methodological courses to support their research program.  Each student will have a faculty mentor to offer guidance about research projects and advice on career development.  Students also work as research assistants on existingprojects with faculty and industry professionals as well as enter competitions to secure funding for their research.  The T&S concentration allows students to gain valuable classroom training serving as lecturers and teaching assistants in the STHM undergraduate program.  Throughout the program, students will have access to job skills workshops and professional development seminars to assist their efforts in applying for and interviewing for faculty positions.

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


Financial Aid

All students admitted to the Tourism and Sport concentration are considered for full financial support. Funding typically comes in the form of an assistantship and includes full tuition and stipend for at least four years, based on adequate progress and annual evaluations.  Students receiving financial support are expected to work as research and teaching assistants for 20 hours a week.  Research and teaching hours are allocated by the Tourism and Sport concentration advisor.  Students who apply before the January 15 deadline will also be considered for Temple’s prestigious presidential and university fellowships.


Fall Year 1
Required
  • THM 9002: Seminar in Theory Development: Tourism and Sport Concepts
  • THM 9090: Special Topics in Tourism and Sport
  • BA 9100: Math Preparation (August)
  • BA 9101a or BA 9101b: Business Statistics I
  • BA 9103: Theory of Choice
Spring Year 1
Required
  • THM 9001: Research Seminar in Tourism and Sport
  • THM 9090: Special Topics in Tourism and Sport
  • BA 9102: Business Statistics
Elective (choose 1)
  • Methodological Courses
  • Theoretical Courses
Exams
  • Screening Exam PhD Program (May/June)
  • Research Paper (August)

Summer (end of) Year 1
Required
  • STHM 9482: Independent Study in Tourism and Sport

Fall Year 2
Elective (Choose 3)
  • Theoretical Courses
  • Methodological Courses
  • Courses in cognate area of specialization
Spring Year 2
Elective (Choose 3)
  • Theoretical Courses
  • Methodological Courses
  • Courses in cognate area of specialization
Exams
  • Research Paper Requirement (August)

Summer (end of) Year 2
Elective
  • THM 9082: Independent Research in Tourism and Sport

Fall Year 3
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Option: Elective courses if 48-credit coursework not completed
Spring Year 3
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Research Paper Requirement (August)

Fall Year 4
  • Dissertation
Spring Year 4
  • Dissertation Defense


Daniel Funk

Concentration Advisor: Daniel Funk

Title: Professor & Washburn Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Factors of Consumer Involvement; Psychological Continuum Model
Office: Speakman Hall 300
Email: dfunk@temple.edu


Joris Drayer

Joris Drayer

Title: Assistant Professor & Director
Research Interests: Price Setting Strategies and Theory
Office: Speakman Hall 366
Email: jdrayer@temple.edu


Jeremy S. Jordan

Jeremy S. Jordan

Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Theoretical Framework of Involvement, Individual and Community Benefits
Office: Speakman Hall 366
Email: jsjordan@temple.edu


Aubrey Kent

Aubrey Kent

Title: Chair and Associate Professor
Research Interests: Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Corporate Social Responsibility
Office: Speakman Hall 111 C
Email: aubkent@temple.edu


Ceridwyn King

Ceridwyn King

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Brand Management, Services Management, Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Office: Speakman Hall 306
Email: ceridwyn.king@temple.edu


Thilo Kunkel

Thilo Kunkel

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Consumer Attitudes, Sport and Event Behavior
Office: Speakman Hall 307
Email: thilo.kunkel@temple.edu


Seul Ki Lee

Seul Ki Lee

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Location Analysis, Real Estate Components and Pricing Strategies, Spatial Econometric Models
Office: Speakman Hall 368
Email: seul.ki.lee@temple.edu


Joseph E. Mahan III

Joseph E. Mahan III

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Sport Consumer Psychology
Office: Speakman Hall 365
Email: joe.mahan@temple.edu


Chihyung (Michael) Ok

Chihyung (Michael) Ok

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Customer Satisfaction, Emotional Labor and Intelligence
Office: Speakman Hall 361
Email: cok@temple.edu


Wesley Roehl

Wesley Roehl

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Recreation and Resource Development
Office: Speakman Hall 311
Email: wroehl@temple.edu


Yang Yang

Yang Yang

Title: Assistant Professor
Email: yangy@temple.edu



Jooa Baek

Jooa Baek

Email: jooa.baek@temple.edu

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. I love traveling and baking.

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Bradley Baker

Bradley Baker

Email: bradley.baker@temple.edu

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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Mark Diehl

Mark Diehl

Email: mdiehl@temple.edu

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

Email: wenjie.de@temple.edu

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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Wonsok (Frank) Jee

Wonsok (Frank) Jee

Email: frank.jee@temple.edu

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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Xingbao Hu

Xingbao Hu

Email: xingbao.hu@temple.edu

Xingbao Hu joined Temple University as a Research Assistant in fall 2015. He holds his MS degree and BS degree from Anhui Normal University. Before joining the Fox School of Business, he had worked in tourism and hospitality organizations for five years including two hotels, a travel agency, a city tourism administration, and a tourism planning institution. His research interests lie in big data analytics, online tourism marketing, and hotel management.

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Moon Sup Hyun

Moon Sup Hyun

Email: moonsup.hyun@temple.edu

Joined the Ph.D. program as a research assistant in 2015.

Master of Sport Management from Seoul National University.

BS in Human Ecology and minor in Economics from Yonsei University.

Worked as an Associate for Samsung Electronics, Telecommunication Systems business, Global sales & marketing.

Research assistant in Seoul National University Center for Sport Industry.

Awarded Graduate Research fellowship from Government of South Korea.

Research interests include: Participant Sports for social and personal change.

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Jeongmi Kim

Jeongmi Kim

Email: jmkim@temple.edu

Jamie (Jeongmi) Kim is currently a doctoral candidate at Temple University's Fox School of Business studying business administration with a concentration in tourism and sport. Jamie holds both M.A. and B.S. degree in Tourism Management from Hanyang University, Korea. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Jamie worked for the Korea National Tourism Organization (KTO) for ten years. At KTO, she planned and executed various marketing projects like road show and international sports events both in Korea and Southeast Asia.

Her current research interests in designing tourism experience and marketing communication strategies with the new media. Especially, she is very interested in how experience designer can rethink the meaning of tourism experience and use new media channel to create meaningful tourism experiences. Her research has been published in Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. She has also presented her research at several tourism and interdisciplinary conferences, including TTRA, HCI International Conference, and ENTER Conference. Recently, she won 2nd Place for Best Research Paper ENTER 2014 eTourism Conference in Ireland. Currently, she is the research coordinator for Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute at University of Florida.

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Minsun Kim

Minsun Kim

Email: minsun.kim@temple.edu

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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Hye-Mi Lee

Hye-Mi Lee

Email: hye-mi.lee@temple.edu

Hyemi joined the Ph.D. program as a Presidential Fellow in 2014. She holds both Bachelor and Master degree in Tourism management from Kyung Hee University in South Korea. She has participated in many research projects in the area and taught tourism products planning at a college as a lecturer. Her research interests include corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the hospitality industry and internal marketing strategy. She has published major international journals such as Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. She also received Excellent Paper Award at the 2012 TOSOK International Tourism Conference.

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Jaeseok Lee

Jaeseok Lee

Email: jslee@temple.edu

Jaeseok Lee is a 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

Mi Ae Lee

Email: miae.lee@temple.edu

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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Daisy Liu

Daisy Liu

Email: Hongbo.liu@temple.edu

Hongbo Liu is a Ph.D. student in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport and a research assistant at School of Tourism & Hospitality Management at Temple University. Before joining Temple, she studied at University of South Carolina, where she received her Master’s Degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, and finished her first year of Ph.D. program in Hospitality Management. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She used to work as a research assistant in Consumer Insight department of Walt Disney for a six-month internship at Orlando in 2014. She also did a summer internship for Consumer Insight department at Shanghai Disneyland in 2013. Her research interests include consumer behavior, cultural studies and service marketing. She received the Presidential Fellowship from University of South Carolina in 2014, and Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship from College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at USC in 2012.

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Sangwon Na

Sangwon Na

Email: Sangwon.na@temple.edu

Sangwon joined the Ph.D. program as a Presidential Fellow in Fall 2015. He holds Bachelor and Master degree in Physical Education from Korea National Sport University in Korea, and M.S degree in Sport Management from Florida State University. His current research interests lie in sport consumer behavior and organizational behavior, with a special interest in studying brand image of sport organizations, the process of sport brand image formation, and brand architecture of sport organizations.

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Anthony Pizzo

Anthony Pizzo

Email: anthonydanielpizzo@gmail.com

Anthony Pizzo, of Philadelphia, PA., joined the Ph.D. program in 2015. He is a Ph.D. student in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport at the Fox School of Business. He is also a research and teaching assistant at The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University. Anthony works with the Sports Industry Research Center (SIRC) investigating the economic impact of mass participation sporting events (MPSE). His research interests include consumer behavior in sports and events, aspiration levels and competitive balance in sport, and institutional logics role in shaping the behavior of spectator sport organizations.

Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, he received his Master of Finance (MSF) degree from The Fox School of Business and his MBA with a concentration in International Business from St. John’s University (Rome, Italy Campus). He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Italian from La Salle University.

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Yiran Su

Yiran Su

Email: yiran.su@temple.edu

Yiran received her master degree of project management from the University of Sydney. She previously graduated from La trobe University with a Bachelor of Business degree. Her research interest is the internationalization of sport. She is also currently working on the project of athlete branding.

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Yuan Wang

Yuan Wang

Email: yuan.wang@temple.edu

Yuan joined the Ph.D. program at the Fox School of Business in 2015. She holds a M.S. degree in Tourism Management from East China Normal University in China, and earned her B.S. degree in Tourism Management at School of Geographic and Oceanic Sciences, Nanjing University. Before joining Temple, Yuan was a Ph.D. student at University of South Carolina. She received Best Paper Award at the 20th Annual Graduate Education & Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism. Her research interests lie in online consumer behavior and destination e-marketing.

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Christine Wegner

Christine Wegner

Email: christine.wegner@temple.edu

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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Xiaochen Zhou

Xiaochen Zhou

Email: zxcchen@temple.edu

Xiaochen joined the program as a Research Assistant in 2014. She received her M.A. in Sport Management from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and B.A. in Sport Journalism from Beijing Sport University. Her research interests lie in sport consumer behavior and sport communication, with a special interest in studying how social media influences sport consumers' psychological connections with teams, event, brands etc. in sport.

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