Assistant Professor of Sports Management
University of Michigan - BS in Computer Science
Purdue University - MS in Kinesiology
Purdue University - PhD in Athletic Administration
Office: Aquinas Hall 200-A
Office Hours: Tue 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Thu 11 am-1 pm
BUS 1010 - Intro to Management
BUS 2500 - Intro to Sports Management
BUS 4124 - Gender & Sport
After working as a computer programmer for 15 years, Russell decided to follow his passion for sport and enrolled at Purdue University's graduate program in Health & Kinesiology. Studying Title IX was a natural choice for him, having lived through the early implementation and evolution of this legislation aimed at providing gender equity, first in academics, but more publicly in athletics.
As a result of his research, Russell is an avid supporter of Title IX, but a vocal critic of the NCAA. He believes athletics and physical education are an important part of collegiate academics, but is opposed to the NCAA's model that values billion dollar media contacts over academic success. He cheers for our athletes to be victorious on the playing field, but cheers even louder at their academic successes and commencement.
Specialization / Areas of Interest
Russell's area of research is Gender & Sport. Specifically, he is studying trends in academics, athletics, and business that relate to changing gender opportunities. Title IX may have had a positive impact on participation opportunities for female high school and collegiate athletes, but those same gains have not yet been realized in coaching, athletic administration, and officiating. Is it just a matter of time before these professional roles reach the same proportionality as athletic participation? He hopes to find out.