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SRRA Leadership


Lars Dzikus, PhD
Associate Professor, Socio-Cultural Studies
Interim Department Head
SRRA Co-Director
HPER 335
Research Interests:
• Sport and globalization (e.g., diffusion of American football to Europe)
• Sport and religion (e.g., collegiate sport chaplains)
• Sport and violence (e.g., sexual abuse in youth sport)


Robin Hardin, PhD
Professor, Sport Management
SRRA Co-Director
HPER 354
Research Interests:
• All areas of intercollegiate athletics, but especially areas of governance, consumer behavior, and sport communication
• The holistic care of collegiate student-athletes

Steven N. Waller, PhD, DMin
Professor, Recreation & Sport Management
SRRA Co-Director
HPER 325
Research Interests:

  • Religious socialization and beliefs as a constraint to leisure/sport participation
  • Sport chaplaincy-praxis/professional identity/credentialing
  • Institutionalized evil in sport

Emily Johnson
PhD Student, Sport Management
Graduate Assistant
322 HPER

Research Interests

  • Sport, recreation, leisure intersections with spirituality and religion
  • Holistic care of athletes with focus on collaborative care teams
  • Women’s leadership experiences in sport and recreation settings with a focus on resiliency and wellness



Lars Dzikus, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Department Head
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies