My teaching philosophy uses a collaborative learning approach, which emphasizes the balance between theoretical concepts and practical applicability.  In collaborative learning, students work in teams to explore significant questions and create innovative solutions.  The use of small groups means students are responsible for their individual performance as well as the performance of the whole group.  Thus, collaborative learning challenges students on an individual level as well as on a social level.  Gaining ‘soft skills’ such as effective communication, problem solving, time and group management are central learning outcomes of collaborative learning.  Furthermore, groups can overcome individual weaknesses and share strengths and leverage knowledge to create superior results compared to individual learning.

My teaching philosophy also aims to develop generic skills using course specific theory and practice.  These skills include, but are not limited to: strategic thinking; creativity; analytical decision making; effective communication; critical evaluation; problem solving and team work.

Teaching Expertise

Temple University

STHM 2211   Organizational Strategy in Sport and Recreation

This course focuses on the strategic challenges confronting organizations that compete in the global economy within the sport and recreation industry. It provides students a forum in which to apply and integrate business theories, practices, and skills in a global environment.

STHM 4296   Current and Ethical Issues in Sport Management

The purpose of this course is to examine current issues that are of concern to sport and recreation managers.  Students gain a basic understanding of these issues and develop appropriate strategies for effectively dealing with these issues. Students are encouraged to take advocacy positions on certain issues that are addressed. The course builds on the competencies students have already developed in their earlier courses, which introduced them to current issues; professional ethics, rights, and responsibilities; concepts of morality; theories of ethics; ethical behavior; and ethical codes.

STHA 3486   Diamond Peer Teaching Intern

The Diamond Peer Teachers Program is a competitive program providing upper division undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of college-level teaching, to develop their own pedagogical skills by working closely with their faculty mentors, and to provide supplemental instruction in lower-level courses.

STHM 4185   Internship II

Internship II is an integral and essential part of the undergraduate curriculum of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Internship II is a culminating experience that serves as a “bridge” between the courses completed and professional practice of learned material. Internship II is a minimum of 600 hours over the course of the academic semester.

STHM 9482   Independent Study

This course provides an opportunity for students to engage in systematic investigations, under the direction of a faculty advisor, into topics not covered in other courses in the curriculum.

Griffith University

2315HSL       Event Marketing and Sponsorship (Tutor and Guest Lecturer)

The course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive coverage of events and sponsorship strategies. This course will first expose students to basic principles of motivation for participants and spectators to develop the ability to apply broad principles underlying why consumers attend events across a variety of contexts and situations. Students will then utilize this knowledge on motivation to develop a marketing plan, as well as a customized sponsorship proposal, on behalf of a designated event organization.

2316HSL       Sport Event Operations (Tutor)

This course covers areas of strategic management of sport events from smaller, local events, right through to large-scale, hallmark sport events. It emphasizes the processes involved in the increasing institutionalization of links among events, sport organizations, and the public and private sector agencies responsible for tourism and economic development. It will introduce sport event management processes, from conceptualizing and planning strategically for the event, to instigating funding and control processes and procedures, planning and controlling event logistics and risk management, and also, project managing the actual event. Finally, strategies for evaluating and reporting these event outcomes are explored.

3001HSL       Strategy and change – a service industry approach (Tutor)

This course introduces students to the management of strategy in tourism, hotel, sport, hospitality and event organizations, and seeks to prepare students for management roles in these increasingly uncertain industrial environments.

3224HSL       Community Events and Festivals (Tutor)

Events and festivals can make a significant contribution to the cultural life of different communities. In this course students will develop a conceptual and applied understanding of community development and engagement processes as they inform the purpose, operations and outcomes of events and festivals.

3323HSL       Sport Marketing (Tutor)

This course has a focus on exploring consumer behavior in sport – both spectator and participant – and the implications of that behavior for management practice in marketing sport and marketing through sport.

7343HSL       Contemporary Sport and Event Marketing (Guest Lecturer)

In today’s highly competitive world it is no longer the sole responsibility of the marketing division to promote programs and services related to the sport and event management organizations. All employees within these industry sectors must be aware of the fundamental roles of marketing and the importance of being customer oriented. This course introduces students to external marketing environments and provides them with an awareness of the unique marketing challenges faced by event and sport organizations as they seek to provide programs and services that are responsive to consumer needs.


Diamond Peer Teachers

  • Derek Kemmerer       (Fall 2013)
  • Brandi Johnson         (Spring 2015
  • Kristen Kemnitzer     (Fall 2015)
  • Torrie Camp               (Spring 2016)

The Diamond Peer Teachers Program is a competitive program providing upper division undergraduates at Temple the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of college-level teaching, to develop their own pedagogical skills by working closely with their faculty mentors, and to provide supplemental instruction in lower-level and GenEd courses. Recipient of $1500 assistantship

Doctoral Students

Sangwon Na               (Fall 2015 – Spring 2019)

Sangwon Na holds a Bachelor and Master of Physical Education from Korea National Sport University, Seoul, South Korea, and a Master of Science in Sport Management from Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA.  He has exceptional GMAT test scores and his research interest is on the brand architecture of sport events. Sangwon is a recipient of a 12-month assistantship with full tuition remission and Presidential Fellowship.

Yiran Su                     (Fall 2014 – Spring 2018)

Yiran Su holds a Bachelor of Business with a focus in Sport and Leisure Management from La Trobe University, Australia and a Master of Project Management from the University of Sydney, Australia.  She has exceptional GRE test scores and her research interest is on the internationalization of sport brands and consumer self-branding. Yiran is a recipient of a 12-month assistantship and full tuition remission.