Teach university or college students.
Sports Management Professors give their students the knowledge and skills they need for a career in the sports world. Through the Sports Management Professor’s expertise, students learn how to successfully help their future clients navigate the ever-changing world of professional sports. Sports Management Professors give them insight into physiology and exercise, legal issues, contract negotiations, public image and public relations, and many other subjects.
In this position, you don’t just spend your time in the classroom giving lectures, though. You also hold office hours, lead smaller class discussions (which can also be done by your Teaching Assistants), and work on scholarly or popular articles. Having a healthy publishing career is an important part of being a Professor. Gaining prestige and exposure for your school helps maintain your prominence and value for the organization, and may be important for obtaining tenure.
Beyond your classroom, office, and writing duties, the academic world frequently involves a large number of meetings and social functions. You can also be called upon to sit on academic or advisory boards. Social functions serve as places to exchange ideas, make connections, and expand your network.
As a Sports Management Professor, you understand how important it is to have a strong network of relationships. Between classes, meetings, presentations, and social events, it can be hard to pin this job down into a “nine-to-five.” Being a Professor can take up a lot of your life, but shaping young minds is its own reward.