Thilo Kunkel, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Student Position in Sport Business at Temple University

The Ph.D. program is structured in conjunction with the Fox School of Business and is AACSB accredited. Temple University is a Research 1 school; STHM is one of the top sport management programs; and the Fox School of Business has a strong reputation. Students join a highly productive department with a strong research focus and successful track record of placing graduates.  Research Focus and Advisor Dr. Kunkel’s research is positioned on the intersection of strategic management and marketing. He analyzes consumer data to help organizations build their brand, engage consumers, activate sponsorships and foster loyalty. The application of his research provides relevant stakeholders with solutions to improve the consumer experience, foster stakeholder engagement, and increase revenues. Dr. Kunkel regularly works with athletes, sport organizations, and brands; and is the CEO of a sport-technology startup focused on helping emerging athletes monetize their social media followers.  I am mostly interested in the following research topics, but open for other creative ideas: The Ph.D. Experience Students enrolled in the Tourism and Sport concentration work closely together in cohorts and individually with faculty on research projects and papers. The course work takes approximately two years and provides students with an appropriate blend of theoretical and methodological courses to support their research program. Each student will have a faculty mentor to offer guidance about research projects and advice on career development. Students also work as research assistants on existing projects with faculty and industry professionals as well as enter competitions to secure funding for their research. The program enables students to gain valuable classroom training through the Fox Ph.D. Student Teaching Academy and to serve as lecturers and teaching assistants. Throughout the program, students will have access to job skills workshops and professional development seminars to assist their efforts in applying for and interviewing for faculty positions.  Admission process There is no strict admission eligibility minimum for standardized test scores. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in any graduate work and score above the 75th percentile on the GMAT or GRE (verbal and quantitative combined) with Analytical Writing of 4.0 or higher. •In addition to standardized test results and prior academic performance, our admissions committees’ holistic review also considers an applicant’s prior research experience, personal career goals, and motivations for pursuing a Ph.D. at Temple, initial research interests within the concentration, and recommendation letters. The statement of purpose is part of the application process and is very important in evaluating each applicant. Students are encouraged to contact a faculty member in STHM to seek internal support for their application.  Financial Support We offer a full assistantship that includes a financial stipend of $30,000 per year on a 12-month basis for 20 hours of services as a research assistant and/or teaching assistant. The assistantship also includes full tuition coverage (value over $30,000) and excellent health insurance. Students will also receive $500 for a laptop or iPad and up to $1,500 per year for academic conference travel. The stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance are renewable up to three times for a total of four (4) years, contingent on satisfactory performance in the program. Qualified applicants also have the potential to receive an additional research fellowship worth $2,000-$5,000 per year. Students also have opportunities to submit internal grants to support research and data collection efforts. Timeline & more info Application submission: December 15th, 2020 More information: the school program current students If you are interested in learning more and seeing whether there is a fit, let’s connect and discuss.

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