Kiernan Gordon

Kiernan Gordon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Decary Hall 313
Biddeford Campus
On campus

I am Assistant Professor of Sport and Recreation Management within the Department of Business. I teach a variety of courses within the curriculum. My research trajectory examines the role that emotion plays in sport spectators' consumption of sport venues and related products. While I use different methods and corresponding frameworks throughout this research, it contains two, uniting characteristics.

First, my research is 'place-centric'; I examine the role that built and natural environments serve as sites for human engagement in sporting contexts. Second, my research is oriented toward interaction; that is, I am very interested in uncovering the reasons why, and the ways in which, humans interact with one another in, and/or with, various sporting places and spaces. Thus, my work contributes to sport venue design and management, fan behavior, sport tourism, and the influence of security protocol and related technologies on the sport consumer experience.  

I hold a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a dual emphasis in sociocultural aspects of sport and sport management, an M.S. from High Point University in sport studies with a dual concentration in sport management and exercise science, and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in interpersonal processes of interaction, an independent major consisting of sociology, linguistics, and behavioral neuroscience courses. I have held faculty appointments at Miami University (Ohio) and the University of New Hampshire and have published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. I have been invited to serve as a guest speaker at various institutions, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has named me a Research Fellow.

As a long-time men's college basketball coach and administrator, my experience includes stints at the NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division II levels. My career coaching highlights include recruiting and aiding in the development of fifteen all-conference performers, three conference tournament MVPs, members of three NCAA Tournament teams, twelve all-academic performers, one All-American and conference player of the year, and serving as the head coach of the South in the annual Ohio Small College All-Star Game (2010). I am also priviliged to serve as the Vice Chair of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Research Committee.  

I am currently a member of the following professional organizations: the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism (SSSI), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).           

Selected Publications:                                                                                                                                                Gordon, K.O., Czekanski, W.A., Hall, S.A., & McAfee, K.E. (Forthcoming). Understanding the interface between security and customer service at NCAA Division I FCS football venues. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 14 (1).

Gordon, K.O. (2018). Escape from ‘Owlcatraz’: An interaction ritual case study of the stadium naming rights agreement between Florida Atlantic University and The GEO Group, Inc. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 11, 214-236.

Gordon, K.O. & Curry, T.J. (2017). Muir, Roosevelt, and Yosemite National Park as an emergent sacred symbol: An interaction ritual analysis of a camping trip. Symbolic Interaction, 40 (2), 247-262.

Gordon, K.O. (2013). Emotion and memory in nostalgia sport tourism: Examining the attraction to postmodern ballparks through an interdisciplinary lens. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 18 (3), 217-239.

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