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Professor, Sport Management

Program Coordinator, MS in Sport Administration


  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.Ed., University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • B.S., University of Utah

Teaching Specialties

  • Legal Issues in Sport
  • Sport Leadership
  • Sport Governance

Research Interests

  • Legal Issues in athletics
  • Risk management in sport
  • Leadership styles in sport


  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
  • Arkansas Officials Association
  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • Sport & Recreation Law Association


Selected Presentations:

LaVetter, D., Flowers, C. & Benavides-Espinoza (2012). Moral reasoning among sport management majors: A troubling future? North American Society for Sport Management Conference, Seattle, WA.

LaVetter, D. & Benavides-Espinoza (2012). Analysis of Behavioral Codes for Athletes and Coaches in NCAA Institutions (2012). College Sport Research Institute Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

LaVetter, D. & Behunin, C. (2012). Using recreational sport events' economic impact data to assess orientation strategy of community parks and recreation. American Institute of Higher Education International Conference, Niagara Falls, NY.

LaVetter, D., & Bateman, L. (2014). Dual participation of non-school (club) sport and interscholastic athletics. Sport & Recreation Law Conference. Orlando, FL.

Selected Publications:

Behunin, C. & LaVetter, D. (2012). Economic Impact of Youth Sporting Events in Small Mid-South Community. Arkansas Journal, 47 (1), 37-41.

LaVetter, D. (2011). Transportation . In H. Appenzeller (Ed.) Risk management in sport (2nd), pp. 151-161. Carolina Academic Press: Durham, NC.

LaVetter, D. & Kim, H.D (2010). Transportation practices in community college athletics. Journal of Community College Research & Practice, 34 (6), 449-461.

LaVetter, D. & Choi, Y.S. (2010). Implications of toppling goal posts in college football: Managing institutional risk. Journal of Sport Administration & Supervision, 2 (1), 52-63.

LaVetter, D., Kim, H.D., Ham, S.W., & Kim, S.Y. (2013) Leadership traits of intercollegiate athletic directors for collegiate golf programs. Korean Society of Golf Studies, 5(1), 27-38.