Gender Differences in Careers and Publications within the Sport Management Academy

Daniel Sailofsky, Madeleine Orr, Lindsey Darvin

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Sport management programs are essential pathways by which aspiring professionals in the sport industry achieve their university education. Although a substantial segment of sport management scholarship has focused on driving for higher rates of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport industry, less attention has been paid to the sport management academy. In this study, we examine the gender representation of full-time faculty positions, publications, and research methodologies in sport management. Our results show that men are employed in higher numbers overall. In the 329 sport management programs studied, the percentages of women employed at each level are assistant professor 46.8%, associate professor 39.5%, and full professor 37%, suggesting a drop-off aligned with the concept of career derailment or a time lag in reaching equity in the discipline. Women are also less published in top sport management journals (Journal of Sport Management, European Sport Management Quarterly, and Sport Management Review). Implications of these findings are discussed, as well as future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-62
Number of pages11
JournalSport Management Education Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • career advancement
  • inequalities
  • jobs
  • journals
  • quantitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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