Dr. Nels Popp and Dr. Jonathan Jensen
Chapel Hill, NC – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members Nels Popp (Ph.D., University of Louisville) and Jonathan A. Jensen (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) will be inducted as College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) Fellows on March 24 at the CSRI Conference in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dr. Popp, an Associate Professor of Sport Administration in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science (EXSS) and Dr. Jensen, an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration in EXSS, are two of only 14 faculty members nationwide who have been named CSRI Fellows.
Drs. Popp and Jensen are the second and third UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members to be so honored, and later this month will join Dr. Erianne Weight (Ph.D., Indiana University), an Associate Professor of Sport Administration in EXSS, who was named a CSRI Fellow as part of the inaugural class of honorees two years ago.
UNC-Chapel Hill is the only university to have more than two faculty members who have been named CSRI Fellows.
Dr. Popp and Dr. Jensen will also be presenting research at the conference. On Friday, March 25, on behalf of Sport Administration M.A. student Ty Jablonski and fellow faculty member Brad Bates, Dr. Jensen and Dr. Popp will lead a presentation entitled “Determining a fair market value of allocated revenue to NCAA FBS athletic departments.” Later in the day, Dr. Popp will be presenting on behalf of co-authors Stephen Shapiro, Jason Simmons, and Ryan Dastrup on “Scheduling college basketball games to maximize attendance.”
In addition, a paper co-authored by UNC-Chapel Hill alumna Grace Dickman and Drs. Jensen and Weight is one of five finalists for the 2021 Outstanding Article of the Year Award in the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, an award which will also be announced at the CSRI Conference on March 24. The paper is entitled “Career Paths of Power Five Athletic Directors: A Social Network Analysis,” and it marks the third time in the past four years that a paper co-authored by a UNC-Chapel Hill student and faculty member has been named a finalist for the Outstanding Article of the Year award.
The CSRI Research Fellow designation is intended to: (a) be one of distinction within and beyond academic communities and (b) encourage high standard of research related to college sport. The designation recognizes outstanding researchers by honoring their achievement in college-sport related scholarship through CSRI and other outlets. The criteria for induction is inclusive of a total number of refereed journal articles and presentations, a minimum number of refereed journal articles published in the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, and a minimum number of refereed presentations at the annual CSRI Conference.
The mission of the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) is to encourage and support interdisciplinary and inter-university college sport research, serve as the research consortium for college sport researchers from across the United States, and disseminate college sport research results to academics, college practitioners, and the general public. More information about the CSRI Conference, including this year’s program schedule, is available here.