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Chris Barnhill

Associate Professor of Sport Management
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Office: Statesboro Campus-Hollis Building – Room 1121B
Phone: 912-478-5871
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Dr. Barnhill’s primary line of research explores relationship development between employees and organizations. Applying psychological contract theory to sport-based organizational settings, Dr. Barnhill has examined employees’ expectations of their employers, the impact of various communication channels on relationship development, and the role of employees’ perceptions on attitudinal and behavioral outcomes. Dr. Barnhill’s secondary line of research examines impacts of teaching methods and curriculum design on learning outcomes of sport management students. Dr. Barnhill is an editorial board member for numerous academic journals including, the International Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Educational Journal, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, and Journal of Amateur Sport.

Research Interests:

  • Psychological contract development in sport organizations
  • Career ambition and employee expectations
  • Outcomes of internship experience on occupational commitment
  • Leadership in sport organizations

Ongoing Projects

  • Psychological contract development and outcomes during internship experiences
  • The role of innovative workplace behaviors on organizational performance
  • Career ambition and psychological contract development

Teaching Interests

  • Financial issues for sport organizations
  • Intercollegiate athletic administration
  • Research methods in sport
  • Current issues in sport

Last updated: 6/11/2021