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Leeann Lower

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Kinesiology

lower.34@osu.edu

Biography

Leeann M. Lower is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lower 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.

Dr. Lower received a Ph.D. 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, Dr. Lower 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, Dr. Lower 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's primary research interests are in the areas of organizational effectiveness and sport for development. Her scholarship examines the effectiveness of sport programs and mechanisms of participant development within the contexts of collegiate recreational sport and youth sport. Her secondary research interests include: legal issues, research methods, and pedagogical strategies in sport management.

Selected Grants

  • National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. (2016). NIRSA Collegiate Recreation Research Grant. (Principal Investigator). Requested: $9980. Awarded: $9980.

Selected Presentations

  • Lower, L. M., & Czekanski, W. A. (2017, September). Exploring the management of collegiate sport clubs. Paper presented at the European Association for Sport Management 2017 Conference, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Lower, L M., Anderson-Butcher, D., Turner, B. A., & Pastore, D. L. (2017, May). Examining program dosage as a mediator of youth outcomes in sport-based positive youth development. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management 2017 Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Westrick, R. L., & Lower, L. M. (2017, March). Transgender students and sex-segregated spaces. Paper presented at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2017, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Lower, L. M., & Westrick, R. L. (2017, March). The mock trial: Application to academic sport programs. Paper presented at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2017, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Lower, L. M., Johnson, J. E., & Scott, B. E. (2017, March). The public/private divide: An analysis of case law relative to interscholastic athletic competitive balance. Poster presented at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2017, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Heuett, K. B., Lower, L. M., & Pollard, W. S. (2016, November). Message dissemination in sports networks: A pilot study of football team captains. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lower, L. M., & Wheat, S. C. (2016, November). Competitive rec: Characteristics and leadership of diverse sports clubs. Paper presented at the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Wheat, S. C., & Lower, L. M. (2016, November). Description of the college group fitness participant: Implications for adoption and adherence. Paper presented at the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Lower, L. M., Parietti, M. L., Czekanski, W. A., & Melvin, L. L. D. (2016, April). Strategic planning in collegiate recreation: An examination of major priorities among large institutions. Poster presented at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Annual Conference, Kissimmee, FL.
  • Lower, L. M., & Wells, J. E. (2016, April). Affective commitment of recreational sport part-time student employees: The role of culture types. Poster presented at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Annual Conference, Kissimmee, FL.
  • Lower, L. M., & Pollard, W. S. (2016, March). Examining the 3x2 achievement goal model in recreational sport: Associations with perceived benefits of sport involvement. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2016 Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow Conference, Columbia, SC.
  • Anderson-Butcher, D., Logan, J., Paluta, L., & Lower, L. (2016, January). Peer effects on social competence development programs. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications

  • Parietti, M. L., Lower, L. M., & McCray, K. (2016). The career development of student-athletes: Is there a gender gap? Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 9, 283-302.
  • Lower, L. M., Newman, T. J., & Pollard, W. S. (2016). Examination of the 3x2 achievement goal model in recreational sport: Associations with perceived benefits of sport participation. International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, 26, 44-53.
  • Jarnagin, W. N., & Lower, L. M. (2016). Evidence for Title IX redress. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance, 87(9), 55.
  • Lower, L. M., & Turner, B. A. (2016). Examination of the 3x2 achievement goal model in collegiate recreation: Comparison across sport programs. Journal of Amateur Sport, 2(2), 75-102.
  • Westrick, R. L., & Lower, L. M. (2016). Transgender students: Are they a protected class? Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 87(6), 44-46.
  • Anderson-Butcher, D., Amorose, T., Lower, L. M., Riley, A., Gibson, A., & Ruch, D. (2016). The case for the Perceived Social Competence Scale-II. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(4), 419-428.
  • Newman, T. J., Ortega, R. M., Lower, L. M., & Paluta, L. M. (2016). Informing priorities for coaching education: Perspectives from youth sport leaders. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11(3), 436-445.
  • Parietti, M. L., & Lower, L. M. (2016). Exploring the motivation of collegiate recreational sport participants. International Journal of Sport Management, 17(2), 253-272.
  • Wells, J. E., & Lower, L. M. (2016). Part-time student employees’ commitment: The role of culture types. Recreational Sports Journal, 40(1), 36-45.
  • Lower, L. M., & Czekanski, W. A. (2016). Due process for collegiate sport clubs: Is there a property interest? Journal of Facility Planning, Design, and Management, 4(1), 1-4.
  • Lower, L. M., Newman, T. J., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2015). Validity and reliability of the Teamwork Scale for Youth. Research on Social Work Practice. doi: 10.1177/1049731515589614
  • Lower, L. M., Turner, B. A., & Petersen, J. C. (2015). Does greater opportunity for recreational sport involvement translate to greater degree of involvement? International Journal of Sport Management, 16(1), 62-76.
  • Lower, L. M., Turner, B. A., & Petersen, J. C. (2014). Achievement goal orientation as a predictor of sport involvement and perceived benefits of sport involvement: Examination of a mixture model. Journal of SPORT, 3(1), 63-101.
  • Lower, L. M., Turner, B. A., & Petersen, J. C. (2013). A comparative analysis of perceived benefits of participation between recreational sport programs. Recreational Sports Journal, 37(1), 66-83.