Ohio State University professor receives first Sport Management Scholar award

Posted: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

TROY, Ala. -- Dr. Packianathan Chelladurai, a sport management professor at Ohio State University, is the first-ever recipient of the Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award, presented during the fifth annual Southern Sport Management Conference at Troy University.

The award was established by the conference’s organizing committee in conjunction with the TROY College of Health and Human Services to recognize individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the academic field of sport management.

Dr. Damon Andrew, dean of TROY’s College of Health and Human Services, presented the award to Dr. Chelladurai during a dinner held the opening night of the conference on April 16.

“Dr. Chelladurai is a most deserving recipient of the inaugural Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award,” Dr. Andrew said. “Out of all of Dr. Chelladurai’s numerous accomplishments, I most admire him for his desire and passion to impact the field through his mentorship of graduate students. Throughout his career, he has directly influenced aspiring scholars and broadly influenced those within the field of Sport Management through his insightful writing, research and counsel.”

Dr. Chelladurai is an internationally recognized scholar of management science, consulting or presenting in more than 20 countries. He currently teaches courses in human resource management in sport, the management of sport delivery systems and research development in sport, as well as conducting the doctoral research colloquium at Ohio State.

Dr. Chelladurai has authored five books and contributed more than 70 articles to sport management literature. He is the former editor of the Journal of Sport Management and current member of its editorial board, as well as associate editor of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. He also has been honored with the Earle F. Zeigler Award from the North American Society for Sport Management and the Merit Award for Distinguished Service to Sport Management Education by the European Association for Sport Management.

Dr. Chelladurai holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Madras, a master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Waterloo.

The annual Southern Sport Management Conference aims to provide sport management scholars, practitioners and students with current industry trends and issues via academic and professional presentations. Troy University has served as the host for the conference since its inception.

“We are very pleased with the results of our 5th Annual Southern Sport Management Conference,” said Dr. Fred Green, conference director and associate professor in TROY’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. “We had participants from 10 different states. The conference theme of melding professors with practitioners seems to be very well received. Students, professors and professionals in the field of sport management use the conference as a means to increase their knowledge, as well as to network with fellow sport management participants. We look forward to further growth and involvement from those interested in sport management.”

 Vergil Parks McKinley Award

Caption: Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for April to Bob Willis (center) during a ceremony in the General Academic Building on the Troy Campus on Wednesday. Willis, who serves as dean of student services at TROY’s Dothan Campus, was nominated by Herb Reeves (right), the University’s dean of student services. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.