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Stephen Dittmore

Stephen Dittmore

Associate Professor of Recreation and Sport Management

Assistant Department Head/Graduate Coordinator

College of Education and Health Professions

(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-6625

Fax: (479) 575-5778

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Dr. Dittmore began at the University of Arkansas in Fall 2008 and currently serves as the Assistant Department Head/Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. His faculty appointment is as associate professor in recreation and sport management.

Prior to entering higher education, he worked 10+ years in sport public relations. Dr. Dittmore received a PhD in educational leadership and organizational development from the University of Louisville in 2007, an MA in communication from Drake University in 1995, and a BA in news-editorial journalism in 1991, also from Drake University.

He had the good fortune of working at two Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake City 2002), traveling to 10 countries, and presenting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has worked three U.S. Olympic Festivals, a Pan American Games, an NCAA Final Four, and countless professional, collegiate, and international sporting events. Most recently, Dr. Dittmore served as Venue Media Manager for aquatics at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

My primary research interests center on issues of content management in the digital age. These issues include the intersections of sport media rights, government regulation, copyright, and content restrictions.

RESM 5293 - Athletics and Higher Education

RESM 5333 - Sport Media and Public Relations

RESM 5853 - Capstone in RESM

Ph.D. (Educational Leadership and Organizational Development) University of Louisville, 2007

M.A. (Mass Communication) Drake University, 1995

B.A. (News-Editorial Journalism) Drake University, 1991

2016-17 Publications

Dittmore, S. W. & Li, B. (in press, February 2017). Serve and volley: A political economy view of the Tennis Channel’s 6-year carriage battle. Paper accepted to Journal of Sports Media, 12(2).

Li, B., Dittmore, S. W., & Scott, O. (in press, February 2017). Points of attachment on social media: Exploring similarities and differences between Chinese and Western National Basketball Association fans.  Asian Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science.

Dittmore, S. W. & Hutchins, B. (in press, November 2016). Privilege over innovation: Sports broadcasting, mobile television and the case of Aereo. Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.

Li, B., Stokowski, S., Dittmore, S. W., Malmo, J. & Rolfe, D. T. (in press, September 2016). A case study of self-representation on Twitter: A gender analysis of how student-athletes portray themselves. Global Sport Business Journal.

Stokowski, S., Dittmore, S.W., Stine, G.D., & Li, B. (in press, June 2016). Resource decisions in academic services: Which factors predict positive APR scores at NCAA Division I institutions?. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 11(3).

Li, B., Stokowski, S., Dittmore, S. W. & Scott, O. M. (in press, October 2015). For better or for worse: The impact of social media on Chinese sports journalists. Communication & Sport. Paper published online November 30, 2015, as doi: 10.1177/2167479515617279.

Eddy, T., Reams, L., & Dittmore, S. W. (2016). Motivations and mediated consumption habits of online mixed martial arts message board users. International Journal of Sport Communication, 9(4), 440-459.

Dittmore, S.W. (2016). College athletic departments as media organizations, and the regulation of content: Issues for the digital age. Marquette Sports Law Review, 26(2), 713-733.

Li, B., Stokowski, S., Dittmore, S. W. & Scott, O. M. (2016). How mediated sporting events constituted nationalism? An analysis of Chinese newspapers covering the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. International Journal of Sport Communication9(1), 79-96.

Sung, J., Koo, G-Y., Dittmore, S. W. & Eddy, T. (2016). Factors that drive team identification in intercollegiate athletics?: A perspective on product involvement. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 16(3), 752-760.

Park, J-A., Park, M., Shin, J., Li, B., Rolfe, D., Yoo, J., & Dittmore, S.W. (2016). The effect of sports participation on internet addiction mediated by self-control: A case of Korean adolescents. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, 37(3), 164-169.

2016 University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award

2011 University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions Rising STAR Award