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Emily S. Sparvero

Professor & Chairperson
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

1810 North 13th Street
Speakman Hall 368
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215.204.5991
E-mail: sparv@temple.edu



Emily S. Sparvero

Professor & Chairperson
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

1810 North 13th Street
Speakman Hall 368
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215.204.5991
E-mail: sparv@temple.edu

Dr. Sparvero joined the faculty of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in August 2009. She received her BA in Economics from Duke University and both her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a graduate certificate in alternative dispute resolution from the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas’s Law School.

Dr. Sparvero’s research emphasis is sport policy, which includes (1) the development and analysis of sport-specific policies, and (2) the ways in which communities can leverage sport assets to accomplish broader policy goals such as economic development, place marketing, and social welfare enhancement. Her current research is focused on how community stakeholders can be motivated and mobilized to implement strategic sport leverage. She is also interested in developing and refining the methods through which the value of a sport team to a community is measured. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Sparvero teaches Sport Governance and Policy, Introduction to Sport and Recreation Management, and Budgeting and Financial Systems.

Dr. Sparvero worked in development at the athletic departments at the University of Texas and Duke University, as well as at the Texas State History Museum. She has been a member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s event steering committee since 2000, and has worked with various sport events and organizations, including the Austin Motorola Marathon, AIDS Walk Austin, Move through Cancer, and Liv in the Game.



Curriculum Vita

Emily S. Sparvero

Professor & Chairperson
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

1810 North 13th Street
Speakman Hall 368
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215.204.5991
E-mail: sparv@temple.edu


University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Sport Management, August 2008
Dissertation:  Leverage of Professional Sport Teams:  Reconciling Host Communities’ Expectations and Realities
Adviser:  Laurence Chalip, Ph.D.

Graduate Certificate, Doctoral Portfolio Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005;  Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, University of Texas Law School

M.Ed., Sport Management, 2001
Duke University
B.A., Economics, 1997


Articles in Refereed Journals

Sparvero, E. S. & Chalip, L. (2007). Professional teams as leverageable assets: Strategic creation of community value.  Sport Management Review, 10, 1-30.

Book Chapters

Sparvero, E.S., Chalip, L., & Green, B.C. (2008).  United States.  In Houlihan, B. & Green, M. (Eds.), Comparative elite sport development: Systems, structures, and public policy.  Butterworth – Heinemann:  Burlington, MA.


Conference Presentations (peer-reviewed)

Sparvero, E. S.  & Chalip, L.  (2007, June).  Social leverage of professional sports: Delivering benefits through community relations programming.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Society for Sport Management, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Sparvero, E. S.  & Chalip, L.  (2006, June).  Bridging the gap between the expectations and realities of hosting a professional sports team:  A case study of Corpus Christi, Texas.   Presented at the Annual Meetings of the North American Society for Sport Management, Kansas City, Missouri.

Sparvero, E. S., Trendafilova, S., & Chalip, L. (2005, June). An alternative approach to environmental dispute resolution in sport contexts. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the North American Society for Sport Management, Regina, Canada.

Invited Presentations

Sparvero, E. S. (2008, July).  Laissez faire sport policy and the American sports brand.  Presented at the US Department of State’s Fusion Arts Exchange Program, College Station, TX.

LeUnes, A., Moore, J., Moore S.B., Sparvero, E. S., Thornton, J.(2008, June).  Ethics, Money, and Intercollegiate Sport.  Panel Discussion at the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, College Station, TX. 

Sparvero, E. S. (2005, April).  Alternative Dispute Resolution and the United States Olympic Committee:  Toward an Athlete-Focused Process.  Presented at the University of Texas Symposium on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Austin, TX.


Fitzgerald, M. P. & Sparvero, E. S.  (2007, March).  2006 UIL High School Football Championships:  Economic Benefit Analysis.  San Antonio, TX:  San Antonio Sports Foundation.

Sparvero, E. S. & Filo, K. R.  (2005, November).  Analysis of Peloton Project members’ motivation and satisfaction:  Recommendations for program development.  Austin, TX:  Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Fitzgerald, M. P., Sparvero, E. S., & Hicks, W. (2001, September).  Economic impact of hosting the national junior tae kwon do championship.  San Antonio, TX:  San Antonio Sports Foundation.


Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Assistant Professor                                                               August 2009 – present
Undergraduate courses taught:  Introduction to Sport and Recreation, Budgeting and Financial Systems:  Sport and Recreation Management

Graduate courses taught:  Sport Governance and Policy

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Visiting Assistant Professor                                                      August 2008 – August 2009 Visiting Lecturer                                                                                           August 2007 – August 2008

Undergraduate courses taught:  Financing Sport Operations, Marketing Aspects of Sport, Directed Studies (sport economics emphasis)

Graduate courses taught:  Revenue Generation in Sport, Directed Studies (sport policy emphasis), Professional Internship

University of Texas at Austin, Sport Management Program
Teaching Assistant                                                                       September 2003 – May 2005
                                                                                                September 1999 – May 2001

Undergraduate course responsibilities:   Revenue and Budgeting in Sport, Sociological Aspects of Sport, Structure and Organization of Sport, Sport Philosophy, History of Sport and Physical Activity, Management of Sport and Health Promotion Programs

University of Texas at Arlington, Information Sciences & Operations Research Dept.
Teaching Assistant                                                                  June 2004 – August 2004

Undergraduate course responsibilities: Business Statistics, Advanced Business Statistics  


University of Texas at Austin                                                         September 2005 – August 2007
Research Assistant
CDC Obesity Project: Community Intervention and Evaluation



Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Development Manager                                                                   June 2002 – August 2003
Group Tour Coordinator                                                                 June 2001 – May 2002

University of Texas Athletic Department
Tutor, Women’s Academic Support Services                                      June 2001 – December 2001
Development Intern, Longhorn Foundation                                       September 2000 – January 2001

Lance Armstrong Foundation Ride for the Roses

Events Intern                                                                                January 2001 – May 2001

Office of Senator Phil Gramm
Legislative Correspondent                                                            April 1998 – August 1999
Group Tour Coordinator/Administrative Associate                             June 1997 – March 1998

Duke University Athletic Department
Staff Assistant, Iron Dukes Athletic Development Office                     August 1993 – May 1997



2005    Professor and Mrs. Karl K. Klein Endowed Graduate Scholarship
2000    Alderson Graduate Scholarship for Teaching Excellence


Ad-hoc reviewer, Journal of Sport Management
Ad-hoc reviewer, Sport Management Review 


June 2000 – present                 Steering Committee Member, Lance Armstrong Foundation
June 2008 – August 2009           College Station Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness
Jan 2006 – Aug 2007                 Coach, Move through Cancer
2003, 2004                              Volunteer Coordinator, Texas Roundup
2003                                       Ex-officio Member, University of Texas Athletic           
                                             Department Compliance Task Force
2002, 2003                              Registration Chair, Motorola Marathon
2001, 2002                              Steering Committee Member, AIDS Walk Austin
2001, 2002                              Events Director, Liv in the Game


The School of Tourism is affiliated with:
The Fox School of Business

School of Tourism & Hospitality Management
1810 N. 13th Street, Speakman Hall 111 (006-68)
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215.204.8701 | Fax: 215.204.8705
Email: sthm@temple.edu

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