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Leeann Lower-Hoppe

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Kinesiology

lower-hoppe.1@osu.edu

Biography

Leeann M. Lower-Hoppe is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Lower-Hoppe earned her bachelor of arts degree in Math-Economics and Business Administration from Anderson University in 2007, during which time she competed as a Cross Country and Track athlete and directed intramural sport programming at the university. In 2011, she completed her master of science in Sport Management from Baylor University, while assisting with administration of the university’s intramural sport program.

Lower-Hoppe received a PhD in Sport Management, with a concentration in development through sport, recreation, and play, and specialization in general interdisciplinary quantitative research methodology, from The Ohio State University in 2015. While at Ohio State, she acted as the research coordinator for the Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports (LiFE Sports) initiative and assisted the Recreational Sports Department with program evaluation and research. From 2015-2017, Lower-Hoppe served as Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at Ball State University. Her research has resulted in more than 15 peer-reviewed publications and more than 25 national and international presentations. In addition, Lower-Hoppe serves on two editorial review boards and provides research consultation for sport-based positive youth development programs.

Education

  • PhD, Sport Management, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • MS, Sport Management, Baylor University, 2011
  • BA, Math-Economics & Business Administration, Anderson University, 2007

Research Summary

Lower-Hoppe's primary research interests focus on human development within the context of amateur sport, guided by the overarching question, “How do sport organizations impact human development?” Her scholarship examines sport as a mechanism for human development and considers the organizational effectiveness of sport programs as a critical determinant of participant development. Her secondary research interests include: legal issues, research methods, and pedagogical strategies in sport management.

Selected Grants

  • NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences UL1TR002733. (2019). OSU Integrating Special Populations Pilot Grant. (Principal Investigator). Requested: $39,989. Awarded: $12,868. 
  • North American Society for Sport Management. (2018). NASSM Janet B. Parks Research Grant. (Principal Investigator). Requested: $2,000. Awarded: $2,000.
  • Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation. (2018). Research Grant. (Principal Investigator). Requested: $2,000. Awarded: $2,000.

Selected Publications

  • Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Arasim, R. M., & Piper, C. (in press). Private citizen versus public official: A case analysis of coaches’ freedom of religion. The Physical Educator.
  • Lower, L. M., Pedersen, J. C., & Hutton, T. A. (in press). Collegiate varsity v. club sport: Comparison of student outcomes. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.
  • Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Wanless, E. A., Aldridge, S. M., & Jones, D. W. (in press). Integrating blended learning within sport event management curriculum. Sport Management Education Journal.
  • Brgoch, S., Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Newman, T. J., & Hutton, T. A. (in press). Exploring team captain roles associated with athlete leadership classifications: Perspectives from collegiate coaches. Journal of Sport Behavior.
  • Schumaker, I. K., & Lower-Hoppe, L. M. (in press). The right way to pay intercollegiate student-athletes: A legal risk analysis. The University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal.
  • Scott, B. F., Johnson, J. E., Lower, L. M., & Wanless, E. (in press). Competitive balance in interscholastic basketball: An examination of policy and non-policy factors. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education. doi: 10.1080/19357397.2019.1674592
  • O’Hara, L., Lower-Hoppe, L., & Mulvihill, T. (2019). Mentoring graduate students in the publishing process: Making it manageable and meaningful for academics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 31(2), 323-331.
  • Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Parietti, M. L., & Czekanski, W. A. (2019). Strategic planning in collegiate recreation: Current priorities and future directions. Recreational Sports Journal, 43(1), 43-54.
  • Newman, T. J., Lower, L. M., Brgoch, S. M. (2019). Developing sport team captains as formal leaders. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. doi: 10.1080/21520704.2019.1604590
  • Lower, L. M., & Czekanski, W. A. (2019). Effective management of scarce resources: A case study of American collegiate sport clubs. Managing Sport & Leisure. doi: 10.1080/23750472.2019.1591295
  • Czekanski, W. A., & Lower, L. M. (2019). Collegiate sport club structure and function. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11(2), 231-245.
  • Jones, D. W., & Lower, L. M. (2018). When fandom ends and harassment begins. The Physical Educator, 75(4), 731-736.
  • Desmond, L. P., & Lower, L. M.(2018). Case summary for Boogaard v. National Hockey League, 126 F.Supp.3d 1010 (N.D. ILL 2015). The University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, 21, 7-11.
  • Winebrenner, S. M., & Lower, L. M. (2018). Case summary for Ball v. City of Lincoln, Nebraska, 2015 WL 1781817 (U.S. D. Neb. 2015). The University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, 21, 13-17.
  • Lower, L. M., Forrester, S. A., Elkins, D. J., & Beggs, B. A. (2018). Optimizing health outcomes of collegiate recreational sports participation. International Journal of Sport Management, 19, 1-13.
  • Lower, L. M., Jones, D. W., Hutton, T. A., & Jarnagin, W. N. (2018). “The court is now in session…”: An exploratory case study of the use of mock trial in sport management. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 22, 1-6.
  • Johnson, J. E., Lower, L. M., & Scott, B. F., Manwell, A. K. (2018). The public/private divide: An analysis of American case law relative to recruiting and transfer policies in interscholastic athletics. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 3, 493-508.
  • Lower, L. M., Newman, T. J., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2017). Validity and reliability of the Teamwork Scale for Youth. Research on Social Work Practice, 27(6), 716-725.
  • Scott, B. F., & Lower, L. M.(2017). Assessing the legality of state tournament bands in interscholastic athletics. The Physical Educator, 74, 789-794.
  • Schola, Z., Schaeperkoetter, C. C., Lower, L. M., & Bass, J. R. (2017). “It’s just something engrained in them”: Examining organizational citizenship behaviors within part-time campus recreation center employees. Managing Sport & Leisure, 3, 197-213.
  • Brgoch, S. M., & Lower, L. M. (2017). Mitigating litigation for adventure recreation operators: The Ski Safety Act. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 9(4), 377-382.

Selected Presentations

  • Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Evans, J. O., Bailey, R. L., & Brgoch, S. M. (2019, October). Assessing the effectiveness of mock trial as a pedagogical tool in higher education. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Society for Exploring Teaching & Learning Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.
  • Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Aicher, T. J., & Baker, B. J. (2019, September). Club organizational support: Impact on member constraints, intentions, and behaviors. Paper accepted for presentation at the European Association for Sport Management 2019 Conference, Seville, Spain.
  • Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Buning, R. J., & Czekanski, W. A. (2019, June). Moving on up: Achieving ideal governance. Paper presented at the 2019 NIRSA Sport Club Institute, Anaheim, CA.
  • Rathjens, J. R., Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Czekanski, W. A., Marsh, J. P. (2019, June). Perceived institutional barriers to sport club effectiveness. Paper presented at the 2019 NIRSA Sport Club Institute, Anaheim, CA.
  • Czekanski, W. A., & Lower, L. M. (2019, May). Who is in charge? An examination of social exchange relationships in American collegiate sport clubs. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management 2019 Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lower, L. M., Evans, J. O., & Bailey, R. L., Brogch, S. M. (2019, May). Mock trial: Transforming curriculum through coopetition. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management 2019 Conference, Teaching and Learning Fair, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wray, D. E., Beattie, M. A., Lower, L. M., Bailey, R. L., & Newman, T. J. (2019, February). Examining how collegiate sport clubs contribute to university and member attachment. Paper presented at the Applied Sport Management Association Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Lower, L. M., & Heuett, K. B. (2018, June). Leader social network and team performance: A study of Division I football captains. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management 2018 Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Czekanski, W. A., & Lower, L. M. (2018, June). Collegiate sport club structure and function. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management 2018 Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Lower, L. M., Czekanski, W. A., Marsh, P. J., & Wheat, S. C. (2018, March). The collegiate sport club model. Paper presented at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Denver, CO.
  • Lower, L. M., Forrester, S. F., Beggs, B. A., & Elkins, D. J. (2018, March). Optimizing student outcomes of collegiate recreational sports participation. Poster presented at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Denver, CO.
  • Johnson, J. E., Scott, B. F., Wanless, E. A., & Lower, L. M. (2018, March). Interscholastic competitive balance: An examination of boys basketball. Paper presented at the Global Sports Business Association annual conference, Cozumel, Mexico.
  • Marsh, J. P., Lower, L. M., Czekanski, W. A., & Rathjens, R. J. R. (2018, February). Institutional barriers to sport club effectiveness. Paper presented at the Applied Sport Management Association Conference, Waco, TX.
  • Evans, J., & Lower, L. M. (2018, February). Using coopetition in the undergraduate sport law classroom. Paper presented at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference, Teaching and Learning Symposium, San Antonio, TX.