Western Kentucky University

Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport: Full-time Faculty - Fred Gibson

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Dr. Fred Gibson, Ph.D.

Dr. Fred Gibson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Director, Recreation and Sport Administration Graduate Program/Coordinator, Facility and Event Management (Concentration, Certificate & Minor)

Office:  Smith Stadium East 1001
Phone:  (270) 745-6021
Email:  fred.gibson@wku.edu

Courses

REC 426 G – Facility Planning and Design

RSA 513 - Recreation & Sport Administration

RSA 515 - Recreation & Sport Facility Development

RSA 534 - Facility Management

RSA 530 – Advanced Studies

RSA 590 - Practicum

RSA 598 - Master's Project

Research

Research Interest: Facility Planning, Design, Construction, and Management in Recreation and Sport

Selected Publications:

Eden, K., Gibson, F. & Hey W. (2013). Assessing NCAA Division I student-athletes perception of their academic experiences, Alabama Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal. 34(1), 30-35. 

Poff, R., Cleinmark, J., Stenger-Ramsey, T., Ramsing, R., & Gibson, F. (2013). Outdoor ethics and Appalachian Trail hikers: An investigation of Leave No Trace practices. Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal. 55(1), 55-64.

Gibson, F., Smith, D., Upright, P., Larson, B. & Teague, T. (2011 August/September). Geared Up for SAFETY at Kentucky Speedway. Facility Manager, Journal of the International Association of Venue Managers. *

Upright, P., Smith, D., Larson, B. & Gibson, F. (2011). NASCAR and the Examination of the Impact of Fan Spending on Sparta Kentucky: A Predictive Study," International Journal of Motorsport Management: 1(1), Article 3. Available at: http://scholar.wssu.edu/ijmm/vol1/iss1/3.

Navalta, J., Lyons, T., & Gibson, F. (2008). Student Reflections on a Study Abroad Course to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. International Journal of Exercise Science, 1(4),1-4. *

Poff, R., Stenger-Ramsey, T., Gibson, F. (2008). In Gregor Kay, et al (Ed.), Looking at outdoor recreation: A content analysis of AORE conference papers. (pp. 122-126). Whitmore Lake, MI: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. *

Larson, B., Gibson, F., Poff, R. (2008). 2008-2009 Kentucky Recreation & Park Services Study Executive Summary with Select Data. In 2008 Kentucky SCORP. Kentucky Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Available at http://dlg.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/E68749F1-5E10-4518-B95A-9E3C5C60FEBE/0/SCORPFinal.pdf

Gibson, F., Lloyd, J., Bain, S., & Hottell, D. (2007). Green design and sustainability in recreation and sport facilities. Sport Management and Related Topics Journal, 4(2), 26-33.

Selected Presentations:

Hey, W. & Gibson, F. (2014). The importance of strategic communication in marketing sport brands, SDAAHPERD Conference, Lexington, KY *

Gibson, F. & Hey, W. (2014). Best practices for creating interdisciplinary online cohort graduate programs. SDAAHPERD Conference, Lexington, KY *

Larson, B., Upright, P., Smith, D., Hey, W., & Gibson, F.  (2012). Assessing Economic Impact of a New Mid-Major FBS Program on a Local Community. Southern District AAHPERD Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. *

Teague, T., Gibson, F., Smith, D., Larson, B., and Upright, P. (2011). Creating an effective motorsports management program for undergraduates. 19th Conference of the European Association for Sport Management, Madrid, Spain. *

Larson, B., Upright, P., Smith, D., Gibson, F., & Teague, T. (2011). Methodologies used to assess the economic impact of NASCAR events. 19th Conference of the European Association for Sport Management, Madrid, Spain. *

Smith, D., Gibson, F., Upright, P., Larson, B., & Teague, T. (2011). Creation of an online masters program in conjunction with a professional organization. 19th Conference of the European Association for Sport Management, Madrid, Spain. *

Upright, P., Smith, D., Larson, B., Gibson, F. & Teague, T. (2011). Effective administration and instruction in an online graduate program, 19th Conference of the European Association for Sport Management, Madrid, Spain. *

Gibson, F., Sutton, A., Stinnett, B., Hey, W., Larson, B., Upright, P. & Smith, D. (2011). Retro Green: Sustainable Initiatives for Facility Renovations in Higher Education, 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI. *

Gibson, F., Lyons, T., Navalta, J., Maloney, R., Oregon, E., Larson, B., Hey, W., Smith, D., & Upright, P. (2011). Conducting a Comprehensive Study Abroad Course: The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI. *

Upright, P., Larson, B., Gibson, F. & Smith, D. (2011). NCAA classifications: The importance of division I football in higher education. Southern District AAHPERD Annual Convention, Greensboro, NC. *

Stenger-Ramsey, T., Bartlett, L., Gibson, F., Poff, R.. (2008, November). Building a challenge course? The important role of partnerships. Presented at Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, San Diego, CA.

Gibson, F., Powell, S., & Stinnett, B. (2007). A descriptive analysis of recreational sports facilities at NIRSA colleges and universities, 9th Annual Florida State University Sport Management Conference, Tallahassee, FL, September 13-14.

Bio

Education:

Ph.D.      University of Louisville 
Dissertation: Shared facilities: Characteristics of recreational sports facilities at colleges and universities.                                                                                                                                           

M.S.        Middle Tennessee State University                           

B.S.         Southern Illinois University

Professional Background:

  • Facility and event management experience in recreation and athletic programs at three major universities
  • Contracted employee at numerous sporting events including national championships for track and field, swimming, wrestling, and weightlifting
  • Conducted year around and championship sports drug testing for NCAA, NFL, NBA, and NCAA athletes
  • Managed game day operations WKU Athletics, Sunbelt Conference, and Kentucky High School Athletic Association
  • Instructor at the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sport Management Seminar in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Led 40 students, faculty, and staff on a study abroad trip to China for two weeks as the guests of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games (BOCOG)
  • Leading a group of 20 graduate students for a Study Away entitled “Texas Facilities Symposium” in Summer 2014

Certifications:

  • Certified Recreational Sports Specialist
  • Certified Pool & Spa Operator
  • Certified Collegiate and Professional Sports Drug Testing Crew Chief
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