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The Wisconsin native completed his undergraduate degree in Sport Management from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Sam obtained his Master's degree in 2013 from the University of Louisville, where he also completed his Ph.D. He has had tremendous opportunities to work for the Bellarmine Athletic Department, University of Louisville Athletic Department, PGA of America, and Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby while in Kentucky. He recently completed his dissertation titled: A Qualitative Case Study Examination of Athlete Ally using Social Movement Theory., Dr. Schmidt current specializes in the following areas: Sport and Social Movements, Athlete Activism, Qualitative Methodologies, Intersection of Sport and Society, Running, Hiking, eSport, Social Responsibility in BusinessFacility/Event Management.

  • Hambrick, M., Schmidt, S., & Cintron, A. (Accepted). Using recreational running training groups as a constraint negotiation strategy: A social network analysis. Managing Sport and Leisure.

  • Schmidt, S., Frederick, E. L., Pegoraro, A., & Spencer, T. C. (2018). An Analysis of Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe, and the National Anthem Protests. Communication & Sport, 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167479518793625

  • Schmidt, S., Hancock, M. G., Frederick, E. L., Hums, M. A., & Alagaraja, M. (Submitted). A qualitative case study examination of resources exchanged between a sport advocacy organization and its athlete ambassadors. Journal of Sport Management.

  • Shreffler, M. B., Schmidt, S., & Weiner, J. (2018). Sales Training in Career Preparation: An Examination of Sales Curricula in Sport Management Education. Sport Management Education Journal, 12(1), 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1123/smej.2016-0030

  • Schmidt, S., Shreffler, M. B., Hambrick, M. E., & Gordon, B. S. (2018). An Experimental Examination of Activist Type and Effort on Brand Image and Purchase Intentions. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 27(1), 31-43.

  • Presley, G., Shreffler, M. B., Hancock, M. G., & Schmidt, S. (2017). Issues & Ethics in Sport: A Practical Guide for Sport Managers (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA, USA: Kendall Hunt.

  • Shreffler, M. B., Hancock, M. G., & Schmidt, S. (2016). Self-Presentation of Female Athletes: A Content Analysis of Athlete Avatars. International Journal of Sport Communication, 9(4), 460-475. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijsc.2016-0086

  • Hums, M. A., Schmidt, S., Novak, A., & Wolff, E. A. (2016). Universal Design: Moving the Americans with Disabilities Act from Access to Inclusion. Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, 26(1), 36-51. https://doi.org/10.1123/jlas.2015-0011

  • Shreffler, M. B., Presley, G., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Getting Clipped: An Evaluation of Crisis Management and the NBA’s Response to the Actions of Donald Sterling (5null ed., Vol. 4, pp. 1-10). Human Kinetics, Inc. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781526432773

  • Shreffler, M. B., Hancock, M. G., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Organizational representation through Twitter: An examination of the WNBA. Global Sports Business Journal, 3(3), 42.

  • Schmidt, S., Hancock, M. (University of Louisville), North American Society for Sport Management conference, "An examination into the tactics employed by a sport advocacy organization to retain athlete constituents," North American Society for Sport Management, Halifax, Canada. (June 2018).

  • Frederick, E. (University of Louisville), Pegoraro, A. (Laurentian University), Schmidt, S., Smith, L. (Indiana University), 11th Summit on Communication and Sport, "Soapbox or revolution: A discussion of athletes, activism, and social media," International Association for Communication and Spor, Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN, United States. (April 2018).

  • Schmidt, S., Ferderick, E. (University of Louisville), Pegoraro, A. (Laurentian University), Spencer, T. (University of Louisville), North American Society for Sport Management conference, "An analysis of Kaepernick, Rapinoe, and the National Anthem protests," North American Society for Sport Management, Denver, CO, United States. (June 2017).

  • University of Louisville CEHD Outstanding Graduate, University of Louisville. (May 2018).