Sport Management

Cheryl R. Rode, Ph.D.

Cheryl R. Rode, Ph.D.

Professor Rode

Assistant Professor & Program coordinator of Sport & Recreation Management

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Glynn Hall, Room 410


Dr. Rode joined Niagara University in Fall 2017 after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Previously Dr. Rode was an assistant professor at Texas Tech University and Ohio Dominican University. She teaches sport management courses in sport and recreation programming, sport finance and sport communication and technology.

Dr. Rode’s area of research focuses on sport tourism, specifically motivations to travel to college football games. Previous research has focused on individuals that utilize a recreational vehicle (RV) to travel to sporting events which includes tailgating and the ability to provide one’s own accommodations and meals. In addition to sport tourism related research, Dr. Rode has interests in gender issues within sport including women in sport, contrapower harassment involving female faculty members and transgender issues in sport participation. Her research has been published in the Global Sport Business Journal and the Journal of Sport. Dr. Rode has presented at several regional, national and international sport management conferences including the North American Society for Sport Management, College Sport Research Institute, and Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow.

Prior to Dr. Rode’s doctoral work, she earned a master’s degree in kinesiology with emphasis in sport management from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and two bachelor’s degrees (Agriculture Science with teacher certification and Horticulture) also from Texas A&M. Dr. Rode also worked as an academic advisor for undeclared students at Texas A&M as well as spent seven years as an academic tutor and learning specialist in the Texas A&M athletic department.