Troy University professor named president-elect of national organization

Posted: Monday, 11 April 2016

TROY - Michael Carroll, an associate professor of sport management at Troy University, has been selected president-elect of the Sport and Recreation Law Association.

As president-elect, Carroll will oversee the elections process of the organization for a year before becoming president of the organization. Members include academicians or practitioners in sport and recreation, students, practicing lawyers, risk managers or others who are active in other related fields.

The organization studies and disseminates information regarding the legal aspects of sport and recreation.

"I am both humbled and honored to have been elected by my colleagues as president-elect for the Sport and Recreation Law Association and pledge to work hard at the outlined duties in order to serve the organization and advance the study of the legal aspects of sport and recreation," Carroll said.

Carroll, who directs TROY's School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management, holds the Ph.D. in Human Performance (sport management concentration) from the University of Florida, where he previously completed a master's degree in exercise and sport sciences. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, he was a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi.

His research interests lie in understanding perceived risk associated with sport consumption behaviors as well as sport-related legal issues related to youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional levels. His specific research areas include legal issue surrounding sport-related hazing and bullying, the use of recreational user and other limited-liability statutes, and legal issues regarding the NCAA and student-athletes.

Carroll has authored 14 peer-reviewed articles in some of the best journals in the Sport Management field, including "Sport Management Review" and the "Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport" and presented more 50 presentations at national and international conferences. He has been active within the Sport and Recreation Law Association previously as Student Representative to the Board of Directors as a doctoral student in 2008 and on the Honors and Awards Committee 2011-2014. He has served as an abstract reviewer for the conference and co-hosted the 2014 conference in Orlando.

He currently serves on the Editorial Board for two journals, and was awarded the Young Professional Award by the Association in 2011. He volunteers as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for the Circuit Court of the 18th Judicial Circuit in Seminole County, Fla. as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Florida.

Michael Carroll