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Sport Management

Patrick Tutka, Ph.D.

Professor Tutka

Patrick Tutka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director of graduate program in sport management

Office Location:
Glynn Hall, Room 409


Dr. Tutka joined Niagara University in spring 2015 after completing his doctoral studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Tutka teaches sport management courses in event and facility management, sport finance, sport marketing and promotions, and the Introduction to Sport Management class.

Dr. Tutka'a area of study involve analyzing various organizational aspects such as innovation diffusion, legitimacy and isomorphism within the sport industry. 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.

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). His research has been published in refereed academic journals such as the International Journal of Sport Management and the International Journal of Sport Finance, 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.

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.