Research within the Kemmons Wilson School

The faculty within the Kemmons Wilson School have over 180 publications and 1,400 citations (GoogleScholar) in academic outlets in fields such as sport management, hospitality and resort management, business, and education. Faculty have published in areas such as sport fandom, escalation of commitment, hotel management and marketing, food production, sport policy, sport for development, rivalry in sport, social impact of sport, education, ethnic studies, and service learning.


Donghee Kim Publication
Kim, D.
, & Jang, S. S. (2017). Therapeutic benefits of dining out, traveling, and drinking: Coping strategies for lonely consumers to improve their mood. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 67, 106-114.

Michael Hutchinson Publication
Bouchet, A., Laird, M. D., Troilo, M., Hutchinson, M., & Ferris, G. (2017). Effects of increased commitment on reputation and status: Evidence from NCAA Division I universities. Sport Management Review, 20, 395-407.

Donghee Kim Publication
Kim, D.
, & Jang, S. S. (2017). Stress and food choice: Examining gender differences and the time horizon framing effect. International Journal of Hospitality Management. 67. 134-142.

Rhema D. Fuller Publication
Fuller, R. D., Harrison, C. K., Lawrence, S. M., Eyanson, J. & McCardle, D. (2017). "I will change the world": The intersection of social change and male college athletes' leadership perspectives. International Journal of Exercise Science, 10(6), 845-856. Available at:

Brennan K. Berg, Rhema D. Fuller, and Michael Hutchinson Publication
Berg, B. K., Winsley, K., Fuller, R. D., & Hutchinson, M. (2017).From crisis to de-escalation: An examination of politics in a U.S. high school steroid testing program. International Journal of Exercise Science, 10(6), 890-899. Available at:

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Kemmons Wilson School Research Forum

This semester, we launched the KWS Research Forum to allow faculty from Hospitality and Resort Management and Sport and Leisure Management to discuss current and future research. We held three Forums during the fall 2016 semester with Cody T. Havard, Donghee Kim, and Rhema D. Fuller presenting about their research. The KWS Research Forum was very successful and has led to numerous discussions about faculty collaboration. Recordings of the KWS Forum can be viewed here. *Donghee Kim recording not currently available.

2nd Forum on Sport Rivalry

On November 21, 2016, researchers from the United States and abroad met for the 2nd Forum on Sport Rivalry. The online forum was hosted by Cody T. Havard of the Kemmons Wilson School and Bureau of Sport and Leisure Commerce. The forum featured presentations about current findings in sport rivalry, along with discussion of critical issues regarding the phenomenon. A recording of the 2nd Forum on Sport Rivalry can be found here.

Bureau of Sport and Leisure Commerce

The Bureau of Sport and Leisure Commerce was selected by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) to collect data on student attendance at college athletic events. The on-going research will carry through the Spring 2017 semester and conclude with Cody T. Havard and Timothy D. Ryan sharing their findings with the full NACMA membership at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

KWS Faculty Publications (since 2015)


KWS Faculty Research Productivity