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Dr. Patrick M. Tutka

Associate Professor

Glynn Hall - Fourth Floor, Room 409

Office Hours:
M: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
TTH: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 716.286.8653

Fax: 716.286.8277


Dr. Patrick Tutka


Dr. Patrick M. Tutka joined Niagara University in spring 2015 after completing his doctoral studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Prior to his doctoral work, Dr. Tutka also worked for the National Senior Games Association, Louisiana State University Athletics, Grand Valley State University Athletics and served as a teacher/coach at Shelby High School in Shelby, North Carolina, where he served as a basketball and soccer coach, winning two state championships.

Focus of Teaching

Dr. Tutka teaches sport management courses in event and facility management, sport finance, sport marketing and promotions, and the Introduction to Hospitality, Sport and Tourism’s Sport class.

Current Research

Dr. Tutka’a area of study involve analyzing various organizational aspects such as innovation diffusion, legitimacy and isomorphism within the sport industry. He further also engages in examining the impacts on student-athletes due to changes in NCAA regulations. Dr. Tutka’s preferred context is through the sport of football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) competition level. Most of Dr. Tutka’s work reviews these institutional theory concepts through the development of college football stadiums throughout history. Dr. Tutka’s historical research focuses on using heuristic devices such as ideal-types to explain organizational phenomena.

His research has been published in refereed academic journals such as the Journal of Sport Management and the Sport Management Review amongst his many published articles, and he has presented at international sport management conferences, including the North American Society for Sport Management, Sport and Recreation Law Association, College Sport Research Institute, and the Applied Sport Management Association

Current Involvement

Dr. Tutka is currently a co-chair of the Academic Integrity Board, along with serving on the Academic Senate, and leading the College of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management’s Curriculum Committee.

Educational Background

Dr. Tutka’s prior academic background includes a master’s degree in sport management from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan).