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Michael Hutchinson, Ph.D.

Sport and Leisure Management

(901) 678-2228
(901) 678-0034
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Faculty Profile

Dr. Michael Hutchinson is an Assistant Professor of Sport Commerce and the undergraduate coordinator of the Sport and Leisure Management degree program at the University of Memphis. Dr. Hutchinson earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi College, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Sport Management from Texas A&M University. His research interests primarily reside in the field of organizational behavior, specifically focusing on organizational commitment among sport organizations. Dr. Hutchinson has published manuscripts in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, and Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.

Dr. Hutchinson's research has been presented at numerous academic conferences such as the Southern Management Association, North American Society for Sport Management, and Sport Marketing Association, while also being recognized in several popular press media outlets including ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, Newsday, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Dr. Hutchinson has served as principal investigator for several funded grants, earning funding from such organizations as the Knight Foundation and North American Society for Sport Management. At the University of Memphis, Dr. Hutchinson teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses that include foundations of sport and leisure management, legal aspects of sport and leisure management, research methods in sport commerce, and administration of athletics.

Prior to joining the University of Memphis, Dr. Hutchinson spent two years at Coastal Carolina University as an Assistant Professor of Recreation and Sport Management. Originally from the suburbs of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Hutchinson currently resides in Collierville, TN. He and his wife Crystal have two children named Avery and Graham.


  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University: Sport Management
  • M.S., Texas A&M University: Sport Management
  • B.S., Mississippi College: Business Administration


  • Foundations of Sport and Leisure Management
  • Legal Aspects of Sport and Leisure
  • Research Methods in Sport Commerce
  • Administration of Athletics


  • Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Escalation of Commitment Theory
  • Branding