student filming on football field
kinesiology lab
 sports analytics
 sports analytics
 blue jackets intern
 students on boat in New Zealand
 Student Photographer
 Students on a mountain in New Zealand
 Student cleaning up a park with kids
 student internship with a racing company
 student interns with the Cincinnati Reds
 Student intern with the Cincinnati Reds
 Students river rafting in New Zealand
 Students at a rugby stadium in New Zealand
 Students posing after surfing in New Zealand
 SLAM Career Fair  SLAM Career Fair

Miami’s Sport Leadership and Management Department offers three majors and three minors. Our programs are highly regarded by employers, professional schools, and other academic institutions and our graduates go on to rewarding careers.

Our graduates leave prepared to succeed in leadership positions in the sport industry (recreational to professional, youth to adult) with knowledge and skills to critically analyze and innovatively engage in the business and culture of sport.

Chair's Message

Melissa ChaseWelcome to the new Department of Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM). SLAM has one of the most popular majors and several minors on campus. This stems from our passion for sport, innovative new programs, such as, Sport Analytics, Esports Management, Sport Psychology, and our commitment to provide an exceptional college experience for our students. Our highly engaged faculty and unique partnerships with other academic units across Miami’s campus provide SLAM students with one of the best undergraduate sport programs in the country.

If you are thinking about attending Miami University and would like more information about the Department of Sport Leadership & Management, email us at slamdept@MiamiOH.edu.


Why Choose Sport Leadership and Management?

OUTSTANDING FACULTY.  SLAM faculty are committed to teaching and advising excellence. Students are taught and advised by full time dedicated faculty who are nationally and internationally known scholars and professionals. Faculty have a student-centered approach that values building relationships and mentoring.

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES.  SLAM students are encouraged to seek out multiple internship experiences before they graduate. The SLAM Director of Internships and Center for Career Exploration and Success help students find internships and secure positions. See the Internship page for examples of internship placements for SLAM students.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE OF SPORT. Miami University is a leader in providing students with global study abroad experiences. SLAM offers several sport specific study abroad programs, as well as a semester of study on the Luxembourg Campus. Our curriculum provides a global perspective of sport to encourage SLAM students to be culturally competent global citizens.

PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS CAMPUS.  SLAM students are required to complete a core of business courses from the Farmer School of Business We are offering new programs and experience working in Esports Management and Sport Analytics. SLAM students work with Miami Athletics in every aspect of sport operations, including communications and media, event management, coaching, and marketing.

INVOLVED ALUMNI IN SPORT. Miami University has an impressive and loyal list of alumni working in every aspect of the sport industry. Alumni interact with SLAM students as mentors, guest speakers, teachers, and advocates on and off campus.

BROAD CAREER OPTIONS. 96% of graduates of the SLAM program are employed or pursuing a graduate degree within one year after graduation. They start careers in professional, collegiate, or recreational sport depending on their interests.  Some graduates will be employed in general business types of careers in sales, marketing, supply chain, or management fields. A degree from Miami University has a well-respected reputation that is attractive to employers in many fields.

Faculty and Staff

Troylin Banks | Academic Advisor

Adam Beissel | Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Garry Bowyer | Associate Professor, Regional/Middletown Campus

Melissa Chase | Professor and Chair

Zhenyan Ryan Chen | Assistant Professor

Brendan Danker | Visiting Instructor

Valeria Freysinger | Emeriti Professor

Bethany Geckle | Visiting Assistant Professor

Jordan Goffena | Visiting Assistant Professor

Thelma Horn Emeriti Professor

Bo Li | Assistant Professor

Callie Maddox | Associate Professor

Warren Mandrell | Coordinator of Physical Activity Life Skills (PALS)

S.P. Morris | Clinical Professor

Christine Pacewicz | Assistant Professor

Chelsea Police | Assistant Teaching Professor

Lana Kay Rosenberg | Associate Professor

Brody Ruihley | Associate Professor and Assistant Chair

Shelley Rye | Sr. Program Assistant

Monica Streit | Administrative Assistant

Robert Turick | Visiting Faculty

Robin Vealey | Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Junqi (Jerry) Wang | Assistant Professor

Robert S. Weinberg | Emeriti Professor

Emily Wright | Visiting Faculty

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