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Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport: Full-time Faculty - Darren Smith

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Darren Smith, Ph.D

Darren Smith, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Recreation Administration

Office:  E.A. Diddle Arena 2034
Phone:  (270) 745-3175


SPM 300 – Public Policy of Sport

SPM 402 – Fiscal Practices of Sport Management

SPM 404 – Sport Facility Management

RSA 523 – Theoretical Foundations of Recreation and Sport Administration

RSA 544 – Championship Events


Research Areas of Interest:  Leadership and Management Styles in Sport and Recreation, Economic Impact of Sport Events, Satisfaction Levels of Employees in Sport

Selected Publications:

Jordan, T. & Smith, D. (2013). Crisis communication in sport management: Research aides crisis response selection. KAPHERD Journal.

Smith, D., Larson, B., Upright, P., & Hill, A. (March, 2012). Economic impact of shooting sports in Southern United States. Southern District AAHPERD Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Smith, D., Upright, P., Deevers, S., & Hey, W. (Fall, 2011). Assessing mental imagery use and perceived stress of collegiate golfers. KAHPERD Journal; Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance.

Selected Presentations:

Smith, D. & Jordan, T. (2014). Volunteer Experiences: Do They Matter; Southern District AAHPERD Annual Conference, Lexington, KY.
Upright, P., Smith, D., & Jordan, T. (2014). The economic impact of recreational sport event on a rural community; Southern District AAHPERD Annual Conference, Lexington, KY.

Smith, D., Gibson, F., Upright, P., Larson, B., & Teague, T. (2011). Creation of an online master’s program in conjunction with a professional organization. Commitment in Sport Management Book of Abstracts. 19th Conference of the European Association for Sport Management; Madrid, Spain.

Smith, D., Upright, P., Larson, B., Gibson, F., Nixon, T., & Hey, W.T. (2011). The relationship of leadership and employee collegiality, 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.



PhD University:  University of Louisville; 2008
MS University:    Western Kentucky University; 1996
BS University:      Western Kentucky University; 1994

Professional Background:

Western Kentucky University; Instructor and Asst. Professor; 2002-Present
Edmonson County Parks and Recreation; Parks Director; 2000-2002
Warren County Parks and Recreation; Parks Superintendent; 1995-2000
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; Engineering Technician; 1991-1995

Other Information:

Enjoy Fishing and Hunting, woodworking, and watching/participating in sport

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