Dr. Simon Licen, an Associate Professor of the sport management program at WSU, will speak in the second Sport Management Research Meeting of the fall 2019 semester. His presentation, “Sustainability in Sport Management Education at American Universities,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.

The world has never been changing at such a rapid pace, and many changes are not for the better. To manage a world in turmoil, the United Nations published in 2015 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals reflect the global consensus on what the world should look like in 2030. For these goals to be achieved, it is critical for stakeholders in all fields to adjust their practices. Although relatively few goals are directly related to sport and recreation, most can be adapted to fit in the field.

This presentation will illustrate the ways in which educators in the United States endorse – or fail to engage with – the global consensus on what the world should look like in 2030. The findings will suggest the extent to which the sport leaders of tomorrow are prepared to take on the challenges of an uncertain future. The discussion will include a consideration of where Washington State University’s program fits in this picture.

The study is co-authored by Dr. Scott Jedlicka, who is also a faculty member of WSU’s sport management program. Some of the findings will be presented at the Play the Game conference in Colorado Springs the following week. This biennial conference gathers journalists, academics, sport officials and policy-makers from all over the world to discuss the ethical standards of sport, and promote democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport.

Sport Management Research Meetings are organized by the sport management program at Washington State University. They occur monthly and feature faculty and student presentations of ongoing and completed research projects. Students and faculty from all programs are welcome to attend.

The next research meeting this semester will occur on November 13.

Those who miss the presentations but are interested in the topic can access the video archive of past presentations.