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Dr. David Walsh

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office Number: 104Q GAR
Phone: 713-743-5783
Fax: 713-743-9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

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Research Interests

My research area is sport for development. I have two distinct focal applications for this aim. First, I examine how sport is used as a resource to overcome difficult life transitions in adulthood, particularly in assessing how we age. My research agenda is set up to test sport participation on various transition points across the life-course both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. This will help explain, predict, and evaluate sport's efficacy as a developmental tool that can influence people's quality of life. Second, I investigate how sport business organizations may grow and develop, seeking strategic uses of sport programs and its delivery. The expected results will illuminate innovative ways to strategically meet both short-term and long-term sustainability objectives. Further, this second aim is used to inform my class curriculum and build sport industry relationships for future internship and job placements for students.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Walsh, D. W., Harrison, T., Green, B.C. , & Bowers, M. (submitted for publication). “Sport as a resource caravan": Understanding how adults utilize sport as a developmental tool. Journal of Gerontology.

Daniels, E., Cottingham II, M., Walsh, D.W., & Pearson, D.W. (In Press). An evaluation of university recreation center outdoor programs for people with disabilities: Perspectives from professionals. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Walsh, D. W., Green, B.C. , & Cottingham, M. (In Press). Examining the efficacy of youth sport camps to build customer relationships, Leisure Studies. DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2016.1240222

Griffiths, R., Barton-Weston, H., & Walsh, D.W. (2016). Sport transitions as epiphanies. Journal of Amateur Sport, 2(2), 29-49.

Walsh, D.W. Embrace the “roller-coaster” ride of student experiential learning: A longitudinal, phenomenological assessment of the 2016 Final Four and 2017 Super Bowl. Oral presentation submitted to the National Society of Sport Management Conference, Denver, CO. June, 2017.

Hartzell, A. C., Dixon, M.A., Walsh, D.W., McGarry, J.E., & Green, B. Christine. Charting the Course: Enhancing Qualitative Research with Life Maps. Oral presentation submitted to the National Society of Sport Management Conference, Denver, CO. June, 2017.

Lee, D., Yu, H.Y., Cottingham, M., Pearson, D., Walsh, D.W. Team Association Types Among CORSers and BIRFers. Presented at the Sport Marketing Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN. November 2016.

Griffiths, R., Walsh, D.W. ,& Barton-Weston, H. Sport transitions as epiphanies. Presentation accepted to the North American Society for Sport Management Conference, Orlando, FL. June 2016.

Walsh, D.W. “The Super Four” Course: A longitudinal, phenomenological assessment of student experiences with the 2016 Final Four and 2017 Super Bowl (Phase 1). Presentation accepted to the Applied Sport Management Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. February 2016.


Director of Sports and Franchise Programs, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, San Antonio, TX, 2009-2011

Manager of Partnership Activation, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, San Antonio, TX, 2007-2009

Special Events Manager, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, San Antonio, TX, 2002-2007

Director of Operations, Forever Sports Inc. Atlanta, GA, 1999-2002


B.S. in Kinesiology at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1998

M.S. in Sports Administration at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2000

Ph.D. in Sport Management at University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2014