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Steven Waller, PhD

Associate Professor
Recreation and Sport Management
HPER 325


RSM 415 Facility Planning and Development
RSM 430 Organization and Administration of Recreation Services
RSM 508 Research Methods
RSM 510 Financial Aspects of Sport
RSM 511 Organization and Personnel Management
RSM 515 Philosophical and Conceptual Foundations of Recreation
RSM 554 Issues in Recreation and Sport Management
RSM 555 Facility Planning and Development
RSM 580 Religion and Sport in Global Society


  • Religious socialization as a constraint to recreation and sport participation; professionalization of sport chaplaincy
  • Capacity building and sustainability strategies for non-profit recreation and sport organizations
  • Recreation investment as a catalyst for community development


DMin United Theological Seminary Pastoral Care and Counseling
MDiv Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Pastoral Care and Counseling
PhD Michigan State University Parks & Recreation Administration
MPA University of Michigan Public Administration
MA Central Michigan University Recreation and Parks Administration
BS Ferris State University Recreation Administration & Rehabilitative Recreation

EXPERIENCE (Last ten years)

The University of Tennessee, Assistant and Associate Professor
Columbus, OH, Federal Empowerment Zone, Vice President, Programs and Operations

The integration of theory and philosophy with “real world” application is critical to the preparation of the next wave of practitioners and academicians. I am big proponent of “transformative learning.” Students are encouraged to develop a “world view” about the profession and their chosen area of practice. Being cognizant of students’ varied learning styles, students are challenged to think creatively and independently to address current and future issues confronting the recreation and sport industry.


  • Diplomate (Fellow), Sports Pastoral Counseling, International Sports Professionals Association, 2013
  • Madge M. Phillips Professional Service Award, KRSS, The University of Tennessee, 2013
  • Dean’s Service Award, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, The University of Tennessee, 2011


  • An exploration of constraints to career mobility among black and non-black women in recreation and sport organizations
  • Institutional evil and its impact on the culture of recreation and sport organizations
  • An examination of the relationship between the religiosity and spirituality of black fathers who were former high-performing athletes and the religiosity and spirituality of their children engaged in college sports
  • Women and racial minorities in sport chaplaincy/attitudes about suicide among sport chaplains


  • Chairman, Faculty Senate, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
  • Co-Director, UT-Project GRAD Initiatives, The University of Tennessee
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Research; Journal of Public Management and Social Policy; Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies; The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research; International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, Schole’Journal of Hospitality Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Education

Hardin, R., Waller, S., & Dzikus, S. (2013). Sport and Religion. Syllabus. 2(2), 1-10.

Costen, W.M., Waller, S.N., & Wozencroft, A.J. (2013). Mitigating race: Understanding the role of social connectedness and sense of belonging in African-American student retention in hospitality programs. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 12(1), 15-24.

Wozencroft, A.J., Waller, S.N., Hayes, G.L., & Brown, L.Y. (2012).Spirituality and the therapeutic recreation practitioner: Exploring the implications for practice and research. Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, 2(1), 41-53.

Waller, S., Costen, W., Qualls, P. (2012). The legacy of the Lorraine Motel and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.: A case study in dark tourism. Special Issue- Dark Tourism, Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Research, 4(1), 9-13.

Trendafilova, S.A., Waller, S.N., Daniell, R.B., & McClendon, J. (2012). “Motor City” rebound?: Sport as a catalyst to reviving downtown Detroit: A case study. Special Issue: Sport Facilities and Urban Development, City, Culture and Society, 3(3), 181-187.

Pate, J. R., & Waller, S. N. (2012). Measuring athletic facility managers’ knowledge of access and the Americans with Disabilities Act: A pilot study. International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, 9,1-22.

Bemiller, J., Dzikus, L., Hardin, R., & Waller, S.(2012). College sport chaplains: Constitutional questions. Sports Litigation Alert. 9(12).

Dzikus, L., Waller, S., & Hardin, R. (2012). Case studies of collegiate sport chaplains. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 36, 268-294. doi: 10.1177/0193723511434084.


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