Walker J. Ross, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management

I believe in educating the whole individual: mind, heart, and hands. Students need the knowledge and critical thinking skills to succeed; the heart to know the role of ethics in the industry as well as what success really means; and, the ability to put it all into practice. Engaging students in practical, hands-on sport industry experiences is essential for success in future careers.

- Walker J. Ross

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Walker J. Ross

building is Becker Business - room is 320
Phone 863.616.6432



Originally from Oregon, Dr. Ross teaches in the Sport Business Management program at FSC. As a professional, Dr. Ross has previously worked in marketing, promotions, and event management in NCAA Division I athletics as well as professional men's and women's soccer. He has also volunteered his time for Nike and as a water polo coach.

Dr. Ross' research interests focus on environmental sustainability in sport with a particular focus on the Olympic Games, venue management, and organizational theories. This research has brought him to the International Olympic Committee headquarters and the International Olympic Academy. One of his papers has also been catalogued by the International Olympic Committee Library. He is a member of the Sport Ecology Group, the North American Society for Sport Management, and the International Association for Venue Managers.

Dr. Ross can be reached on Twitter at @WalkerJRos


PhD in Sport and Entertainment Management, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, August 2019

Seminar in Olympic Studies, International Olympic Academy, Olympia, Greece, September 2016

MS in Kinesiology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, August 2016

BA in Environmental Ethics and Policy, University of Portland, Portland, OR, May 2014


Publications and Exhibitions

Peer Reviewed Journals

4. Koba, T., Gong, H., Ross, W. J., Grady, J. (2019 - online). Sustainable Olympic Development: A
Sport Law and Policy Perspective. Journal of Global Sport Management.
3. Ross, W. J., Leopkey, B., & Mercado, H. (2018 - online). Governance of Olympic
Environmental Stakeholders. Journal of Global Sport Management.
2. Ross, W. J., & Leopkey, B. (2017). The adoption and evolution of environmental practices in
the Olympic Games. Managing Sport and Leisure, 22(1), 1-18.
1. Ross, W. J., Malchrowicz-Mośko, E., & Rozmiarek, M. (2016). The ancient and modern
Nemean Games – The evolution of socio-cultural and political functions. Studies in Sport
Humanities, 19, 42-48.

Book Chapters

1. Ross, W. J. (2017). Identifying the major environmental stakeholders in the Olympic Games. In K. Georgiadis (Ed.), Olympic Studies: 23rd International Seminar on Olympic Studies for Postgraduate Students (pp. 195-205). Athens, Greece: International Olympic Academy.

Other Publications

1. Ross, W. J. (2017). Athlete philanthropy: Developing charitable citizens. Athlete
Development Research Digest, 2(11), 15.
Blog Posts
1. Orr, M., & Ross, W. J. (2019, March 18). Sport ecology: All it is, and all it could be. [web
blog]. Retrieved from https://nassmblog.com/2019/03/18/sport-ecology-all-it-is-and-all-itcould-be/.

Manuscripts in Review

2. Zhou, R., Ross, W. J., Pu, H., Kim, J., Kim, C., Kaplanidou, K., & Leopkey, B. (accepted).
Exploring Partnerships in Sport Event Delivery. Event Management.
1. Todd, S., Jones, C., & Ross, W. J. (in revisions). Employee Motivation at the PBA Tour.

Manuscripts in Preparation

1. Ross, W. J., & Mercado, H. (manuscript in preparation). Barriers to Managing Environmental Sustainability in Sport and Entertainment Venues.