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Robin Hardin, PhD

Sport Management
HPER 354


RSM 100 Orientation to Recreation & Sport Management
RSM 530 Sport & Media Issues
RSM 550 Intercollegiate Athletics
RSM 556 Sport & Religion
RSM 570 Event Management


  • All areas of intercollegiate sport, but especially areas of:
    • Governance
    • Consumer behavior
    • Sport communication
  • The holistic care of collegiate student-athletes


PhD University of Tennessee, Knoxville Communication
MS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Human Performance and Sport Studies
MS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Communication
BS East Tennessee State University Communications (Journalism)
BS East Tennessee State University Political Science

Robin Hardin has more than 50 refereed publications in the profession’s top journals including the Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Applied Sport Management, Journal of Sports MediaInternational Journal of Sport ManagementJournal of Contemporary Athletics, International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, Sport Management Education Journal, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and American Journalism. He also has made more than 150 scholarly presentations.

He currently serves as the editor of Sport Management Education Journal. He was formerly an editorial board member of the International Journal of Sport Communication (2006-2011) and Journal of Applied Sport Management (2013-2018). He has also been an Ad Hoc Reviewer for a variety of journals most recently Communication & Sport, Journal of Sports Media, International Review for the Sociology of SportSport Management ReviewQuest,  and International Journal of Sports Management and Marketing.

Hardin also serves as the Recreation and Sport Management program director responsible for administrative duties within the program, including curriculum development and course scheduling. He has successfully mentored 10 doctoral students in which nine hold tenure-track faculty positions and is currently mentoring four doctoral students. He has also served as a committee member on 11 other dissertation committees.

He is a member of the official statistics crew for Tennessee football and men’s and women’s basketball. He retired in 2008 after 20 years of service in the Tennessee National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (1991–1992).


Smith, A. B. & Hardin, R. (2018). Female student-athletes transition out of collegiate competition. Journal of Amateur Sport, 4(3), 61-86.

Fitzhugh, E., Hardin, R., Boyer, W., Post, E., & Behnke, Z. (2018). Physical Activity of Football Managers at a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision University. Journal of American College Health. DOI:10.1080/07448481.2018.1499656

Taylor, E. A., Siegele, J. L., Smith A. B., & Hardin, R. (2018). Applying Career Construction Theory to Female NCAA Division I Conference Commissioners. Journal of Sport Management, 32(4), 321-333.

Taylor, E. A., Smith, A. B., Welch, N. M., & Hardin, R. (2018). “You should be flattered!”: Female sport management faculty experiences of sexual harassment and sexism. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 26(1), 43-53.

Smith, A. B., Taylor, E. A., & Hardin, R. (2018). Seeking an Identity: Life after professional sport. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 33, 185-213.

Taylor, E. A. & Hardin, R., & Rode, C. (2018). Contrapower harassment in the sport management classroom. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education, 11(1), 17-32.

Smith, A. B., Taylor, E. A., & Hardin, R., (2017). Career entry and experiences of female graduate assistants in college athletics. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 10, 234-260.

Graham, J. A., Hardin, R., & Bemiller, J. (2017). Measuring economic impact at a professional golf tournament. Case Studies in Sport Management, 6(1), 58-60.

Welch, N., Siegele, J., & Hardin, R. (2017). For the Sga-Du-Gi (Community): Modern Day Cherokee Stickball. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 41(2), 93-114.

Taylor, E. A., Smith, A. B., Rode, C. R., & Hardin, R. (2017). Women Don’t Know Anything about Sports: Female Faculty Members and Contrapower Harassment. Sport Management Education Journal, 11, 61-71.

Saxe, K., Hardin, R., Taylor, E. A., & Pate, J. R., (2017). Transition blues: The experience of female collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Higher Education Athletics and Innovation, 1(2), 25-48.

Stokowski, S., Blunt-Vinti, H., Hardin, R., Goss, B. D., & Turk, M. (2017). I know I can learn: The perceptions of NCAA Division I football college athletes with learning disabilities. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 10, 95-118.

Pate, J. R., Hardin, R., & Hums, M. A. (2017). Exploring motivations of 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games Volunteers. Sport Management International Journal, 13(1), 103-121.

Ruihley, B. J., Yu, K., & Hardin, R. (2017). Korean sport consumers’ perceptions of sports in the United States. Global Sport Business Journal, 5(1), 23-41.

Rode, C. R., & Hardin, R. (2017). The RV Tailgater: A Unique Subculture of College Football Fans. Global Sport Business Journal, 5(1), 42-60.

Taylor, E. A., Smith, A., B., & Hardin, R. (2017). Experiences and challenges of women working in NCAA Division I athletic departments. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 32, 144-184.

Taylor, E. A., & Hardin, R. (2017). A gap in the sport management curriculum: An analysis of sexual harassment and sexual assault education in the United States. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 20, 65-75.

Smith, A. B., Taylor, E. A., & Hardin, R. (2017). Women and Mentoring in Collegiate Athletic Settings. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2016.1272200.

Taylor, E. A., Ward, R. M., & Hardin, R. (2017). Examination of drinking habits and motives among collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 9(1), 56-82.

Stokowski, S., Rode, C., & Hardin, R. (2016). Academic advisors’ perceptions of student-athletes at NCAA Division I institutions. The Journal of SPORT, 5(1), 64-92.

Huffman, L., Mirabito, T., & Hardin, R. (2016). Please bow your head: Pre-game public prayer at football games in the South. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 10(4), 293-305.

Huffman, L., Waller, S., & Hardin, R. (2016). The sport chaplain’s role in the holistic care model for collegiate athletes in the United States. Practical Theology, 9(3), 226-241.

Taylor, E. A. & Hardin, R. (2016). Female NCAA Division I Athletic Directors: Experiences and Challenges. Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal, 24(1), 14-25.

Ruihley, B. J., & Hardin, R. (2015). Gameday food and beverage: The perspective of college football fans. Journal of Applied Marketing Theory, 6(1), 27-43.

Bass, J., Hardin, R., & Taylor, E. (2015). The Glass Closet: Perceptions of homosexuality in collegiate sport. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 7(4), 1-36.

Koo, G., Hardin, R., & Dittmore, S. (2015). Effects of service dimensions on Service Assessment in Consumer Response: A study of college football season ticket holders. International Journal of Sport Management, 16(3), 371-392.

Hardin, R., Zakrajsek, R., & Gaston, B. (2015). The relationship between job satisfaction and burnout in fast-pitch softball coaches. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 9(1), 1-14.

Wozencroft, A. & Hardin, R. (2014). Students’ Job Satisfaction in a Therapeutic Recreation Service Learning Project. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 15, 103-115.

McLester, C. N, Hardin, R., & Hoppe, S. (2014). An examination of eating disorders among collegiate female student-athletes. Journal of Athletic Training, 49(3), 406-410.

Ruihley, B.J. & Hardin, R. (2014). Sport fans and online data collection: Challenges and ethics. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 6(3), 1-19.

Hardin, R., Trendafilova, S., Kistler, B., Koo, G. (2014). Motivations to recruit international student-athletes: A pilot study. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 29, 168-193.

Sanderson, J., Hardin, R., & Pate, J. (2014). Embracing the culture of winning in big-time college football: Exploring how fans reinforce coaching power. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 7, 114-131.

Hardin, R., Ruihley, B., & Veraldo, C. (2013). Collegiate athletic directors’ perception of academic research: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Contemporary Athletics 8(1), 37-52.

Hardin, R., Pate, J., & Bemiller, J. (2013). Development and organization of a student-operated sport management co-curricular club: Partners in Sports. Sport Management Education Journal, 7(1), 54-61.

Hardin, R., Ruihley, B., & Veraldo, C. (2013). Game day experience through the Lens of Critical Incidents Technique. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 5(4), 1-26.

Ruihley, B.J. & Hardin R. (2013). Meeting the informational needs of the fantasy sport user. Journal of Sports Media, 8(2), 53-80.

Hardin, R. & Pate, J. (2013). Playbook vs. textbook: Academic transitioning of NCAA FBS Division I football student-athletes. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 7(3), 229-244.

Hardin, R., Cooper, C. & Huffman, L.T. (2013). Moving on up: NCAA Division I athletic directors’ career experiences. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 5(3), 55-78.

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

Hardin, R., Trendafilova, S., Stokowski, S., & Koo, G. (2013). Academic major choice of international student-athletes in the NCAA. International Journal of Sport Management, 14(2), 191-210.

Mirabito, T., Huffman, L., & Hardin, R. (2013). The chosen one: The Denver Post’s coverage of Tim Tebow. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 7(2), 51-68.

Hardin, R., Fitzhugh, E., & Mirabito T. (2012). Satisfaction in collegiate physical activity classes and intent for future participation. Global Journal of Health and Physical Education Pedagogy, 1(4), 334-347.

Hardin, R., Koo, G, Ruihley, B. J., Dittmore, S. & McGreevey M. (2012). Motivation for consumption of collegiate athletics subscription web sites. International Journal of Sport Communication, 5(3), 368-383.

Bemiller, J., Dzikus, L., Hardin, R., & Waller, S. (2012). College sport chaplains: Constitutional questions. Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, 13(9), 3-4.

Ruihley, B., Pate, J., & Hardin, R. (2012). Athletics online: A content analysis of athletic department websites. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 6 (4), 185-202.

Dzikus, L., Waller, S., & Hardin, R. (2012). Case studies of collegiate sport chaplains. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 36(3), 268-294.

Bemiller, J. & Hardin, R. (2012). Pole vault: Effective pole carry and transfer, the foundation for success. Track and Cross Country Journal, 1(4), 17-27.

Gaffney, B., Hardin, R., & Fitzhugh, E. & Koo, G. (2012). The relationship between job satisfaction and burnout in certified athletic trainers. International Journal of Sport Management, 13(1), 73-86.

Ruihley, B.J. & Hardin, R. (2011). Beyond touchdowns, homeruns, and 3-pointers: An examination of fantasy sport participation motivation. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 10(3/4), 232-256.

Pate, J., Stokowski, S., & Hardin, R. (2011). Third time’s a charm: The case of Tennessee’s four junior football players who endured three different head coaches in three seasons. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 4, 354-369.

Bemiller, J. & Hardin, R. (2011). Learning progressions to safely teach the pole vault. Track and Cross Country Journal, 1(1), 4-16.

Love, A., Hardin, R., Koo, G., & Morse, A. (2011). Effects of motives on satisfaction and behavioral intentions of volunteers at a PGA TOUR Event. International Journal of Sport Management, 12(1), 86-101.

Dzikus, L., Waller, S. & Hardin, R. (2011). Collegiate sport chaplaincy: An exploration of an emerging profession. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 5(1), 21-41.

Ruihley, B.J., & Hardin, R. (2010). Message boards and the fantasy sport experience. International Journal of Sport Communication, 4, 233-252.

Trendafilova, S., Hardin, R., & Kim, S. (2010). Satisfaction among international student-athletes who participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 3(2), 348-365.

Hardin, R., Piercy, A., Bemiller, J. & Koo, G. (2010). Cultivating financial support for women’s athletics: An examination of donor motivations. American Journal of Educational Studies, 3(1), 53-66.

Pate, J., Bemiller, J. & Hardin, R. (2010). Reserved: Best practices for on-campus football parking for people with disabilities. Journal of Venue and Event Management, 2(1), 1-13.

Waller, S., Dzikus, L., & Hardin, R. (2010). Kindred or alien?: The dilemma of the collegiate sport chaplain. Journal of Professional Chaplaincy, 26(1), 16-26.

Bemiller, J. & Hardin, R. (2010). Risk management in the original extreme sporting event: The pole vault. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 8 (2), 23-28.

Koo, G., Hardin, R., McClung, S., Jung, T., Cronin, J., Vorhees, C. & Bourdeau, B. (2009). Examination of the causal effects between dimensions of service quality and spectator satisfaction in Minor League Baseball. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 11(1), 46-59.

Koo, G., Andrew, D.P.S., Hardin, R. & Greenwell, T.C. (2009). Classification of sports consumers on the basis of emotional attachment: A study of minor league ice hockey fans and spectators. International Journal of Sport Management, 10(3), 1-23.

Hardin, R., Koo, G., Pancratz, M., & Andrew, D. (2009). Parental motivations and summer collegiate basketball camps. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 24, 51-84.

Andrew, D.P.S., Koo, G., Hardin, R., & Greenwell, T.C. (2009). Analyzing motives of minor league hockey fans: The introduction of violence as a spectator motive. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 5(1/2), 73-89.

Hardin, R., Andrew D.P.S., Koo, G. & Bemiller J. (2009). Motivational factors for participating in basic instruction programs. The Physical Educator, 66(2), 71-84.

Garant-Jones, S., Koo, G., Kim, S. Andrew, D., & Hardin, R. (2009). Motivations of international student-athletes to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 3(4), 295-314.

Waller, S., Dzikus, L. & Hardin, R. (2008). Collegiate sport chaplaincy: problems and promise. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 1, 107-123.

Hardin, R. (2008). America’s first golf hero: Francis Ouimet and the 1913 U.S. Open. International Social Science Review, 83(3/4), 158-170.

Koo, G. & Hardin, R. (2008). Difference in interrelationship between spectators’ motives and behavioral intentions based upon emotional attachment. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 17(1), 30-43.

Bemiller, J., Hull, G. & Hardin, R. (2007). Improvement of peak performance in the pole vault. Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director, 76(10), 56-60.

Hardin, R., Koo, G., King, B. & Zdroik, J. (2007). Sport volunteer motivations and demographic influences at a Nationwide Tour Event. International Journal of Sport Management, 8(1), 80-94.

Hardin, R. (2004). Crowning the king: Grantland Rice and Bobby Jones. Georgia Historical Quarterly, 88(4), 511-529.

Prault, T., Stevens, S., Freeman, M., Cassada, D., Hardin, R. & Goldman, M. (2004). Open versus endo: Early experience with endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair beyond the clinical trials. The Heart Surgery Forum, 7(5), E459-E461. (statistician)

Hardin, R. & Zuegner, C. (2003). Life, liberty and the pursuit of golf balls: Magazine promotion of golf in the 1920s. Journalism History, 29(2), 82-90.

Hardin, R. & McClung, S. (2002). Collegiate sports information: A profile of the profession. Public Relations Quarterly, 47 (2), 35-39.

Hardin, R. (2001). Creating myth and legend: O.B. Keeler and Bobby Jones. American Journalism, 18(4), 45-67.

Hardin, R. & Hinton, M. (2001). The squelching of free speech in Memphis: The life of a Black post-reconstruction newspaper. Race, Gender and Class, 8(3), 78-95.