Mitchell Woltring, Ph.D.

Mitchell Woltring, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport
Sport and Recreation, Sport Management, Leisure Services

Education

B.S., Sport Management, Minnesota State University, 2009
M.S., Sport Management, Middle Tennessee State University, 2013
Ph.D., Human Performance (Concentration in Leisure and Sport Management), Middle Tennessee State University, 2015


Teaching Philosophy

My research focuses around the areas of student-athlete wellness, service learning, and sport analytics. Within our department we a research team working on several areas related to student-athlete wellness including transition issues, life skills acquisition, and issues specific to international student-athletes. Our service learning program was initiated 15 years ago and data collected from students helps us to continuously improve its implementation and assessment. Some personal, specific interests include research in the areas of competitive balance in professional sport, the relationships between winning percentage and individual variables, and the game of baseball in general.


Research

My research focuses around the areas of student-athlete wellness, service learning, and sport analytics. Within our department we a research team working on several areas related to student-athlete wellness including transition issues, life skills acquisition, and issues specific to international student-athletes. Our service learning program was initiated 15 years ago and data collected from students helps us to continuously improve its implementation and assessment. Some personal, specific interests include research in the areas of competitive balance in professional sport, the relationships between winning percentage and individual variables, and the game of baseball in general.


Outreach

Within the university community I have, or am currently on serving on several committees at the department, college, and university levels. At the department level this has included: Technology Committee, Graduate Admissions Committee, Sport Management Curriculum Committee, and Writing Committee. At the college level this has included: Diversity Council, Student Awards and Scholarship Committee, and Recruitment and Retention Committee. Additionally, I have served as a Faculty Senator for CEPS and as Caucus Leader. During my time on Faculty Senate I served on the Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee. At the university level, I have served on the Registrar Advisory Committee. In the greater Mobile community I serve as a Reese's Senior Bowl Committee member, foster dogs through Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), and participate in various fundraising and community building events. 


Biography


Dr. Woltring is originally from West Bend, Wisconsin and is married to Sarah Woltring, a teacher at Murphy High School in Mobile. Together they have dog named Lambeau, and are both avid Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fans. In addition to his educational background, he has served many professional roles in the field of sport management. He has worked in high school sports, worked for the Middle Tennessee State University baseball team, and has also worked for the La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club, the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, and the New York Mets Baseball Club. These professional involvements supplement my teaching as I am able to incorporate them into my lessons and class discussions.


Courses

LS 391 - Leadership in Leisure Services
LS 384 - Sports Marketing
LS 483 - Issues in Leisure Studies
KIN 475 - Organization and Administration in Health and PE