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.
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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
Peer Reviewed Journals
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.
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