Shannon Kerwin, PhD

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, PhD

Office: Academic South, 300B
905 688 5550 x6177

Dr. Kerwin teaches and conducts research in the areas of organizational behaviour and human resource management in sports. Specifically, Dr. Kerwin has looked at how personal and organizational values align to enhance important organizational outcomes and safe sports culture, how HRM practices align to produce (or stall) equitable practice, and the role of conflict in the effectiveness of volunteer boards of directors.

  • Human resource management in sport
  • Organizational behaviour in sport
  • Values management in sport organizations
  • 2021 Research Affiliate, Wasserman Media Group Collective Think Tank
  • 2020 Research Affiliate, e-Alliance Gender+ Equity in Sport Research Hub
  • Member of Centre for Sport Capacity
  • Industry partnerships with Canadian Women & Sport, via Sport BC, MLSE Foundation, and Bowls Canada
  • 2015 North American Society for Sport Management Research Fellow

Grants Awards

Kerwin, S. (PI), & Wicker, P. (Collaborator). Signaling Change: Exploring Gender EDI and Human Resource Management Practices, Board Gender Composition, and Board Outcomes in Non-profit Sport Governing Bodies. SSHRC Insight Grant.

MacIntosh, E. (PI), Doherty, A. (Co-PI), & Kerwin, S. (Co-PI). Creating a Safe Sport Culture in Canadian High-performance Sport, version 2. SSHRC Insight Grant.

Trussell, D., & Kerwin, S. (co-PIs). Participation of girls and women in sport: Gender equity in sport research hub. Sport Canada Grant.

Trussell, D. (PI), & Kerwin, S. (Co-PI). More than child’s play, it’s a family affair: Board member, parent, and family life identity in community youth sport. SSHRC Insight Grant.

Kerwin, S. (PI). Evaluating the effectiveness of a gender equity program in non-profit sport clubs. Canadian Women & Sport (formerly Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity [CAAWS]) Grant.

Selected Academic Publications

Coletti, J., Martin, L, & Kerwin, S. (in press). Lone girls: Exploring the experiences of girls who play on boys’ sports teams. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Lesch, L., Wicker, P., & Kerwin, S. (in press). Women representation and organisational characteristics in sport governance: Implications for gender policy and practice. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics,

Murphy, S. Trussell, D., Petrie, M., Groves, B., & Kerwin, S. (in press). Women and Members of Socially Diverse Groups in a Sport Management Program: Key Lessons from Creating and Leading a Student-Led EDI Club. Sport Management Education Journal.

Trussell, D. E., Kerwin, S., Lyn, A., & Lozinski, L. (in press). Women, gender equity, and sport participation: Transforming what we know through an integrative review. Quest.

Kerwin, S., & Leberman, S. (2022). Programme Evaluation is Not Simple: Exploring A Structured Gender Equity Programme. Funded by Canadian Women & Sport. European Sport Management Quarterly on April 13, 2022.

Lesch, L., Kerwin, S., Thormann, T. F., & Wicker, P. (2022). Critical masses and gender diversity in voluntary sport leadership: The role of economic and social state-level factors, Sustainability Special Issue on Gender Issues in Sport and Leisure Activities.

Lesch, L., Kerwin, S., & Wicker, P. (2022). State politics and gender diversity in sport governance. Economics of Governance, Special Issues: Politics and Sport.

Oja, B., Zvosec, C., Kim, M., Schuetz, L., & Kerwin, S. (2022). Autonomy in design: Reconciling sport employee experiences with forced job design alterations. Managing Sport and Leisure,

Wicker, P., & Kerwin, S. (2020). Women representation in Canadian sport boards and the relation with organizational characteristics. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Delshab, V., Siani, M. G., Pyun, D. Y., Kerwin, S., Cegarra-Navarro, J-G. (2020). The Impact of Unlearning Context on Organizational Performance through Knowledge Management: A Case of Community Sport Clubs in Iran. Sport Management Review.

McClean, C., Odio, M., & Kerwin, S. (2020) Exploring the influence of stimulus events: A case study of undergraduate student internships. Sport Management Education Journal.

Hyatt, C., Kerwin, S., Hoeber, L., & Sveinson, K. (2018). The Reverse Socialization of Sport Fans: How Children Impact Their Parents’ Sport Fandom. Journal of Sport Management, 32(6), 542-554.

Kerwin, S., Walker, M., & Bopp, T. (2017). When faultlines are created: Exploring the conflict triggering process in sport. Sport Management Review, 20(3), 252-260.

Odio, M., & Kerwin, S. (2017). Permeability of sport job sectors: An analysis of careers across boundaries. International Journal of Sport Management, 18, 1-18.

Odio, M., & Kerwin, S. (2016). Internship characteristics, critical events, and intent to enter the vocation. Sport Management Education Journal, 10, 103-114.

Naraine, M., Kerwin, S., & Parent, M. (2016). Oh captain, my captain! Using social network analysis to assist coaching staff in identifying the leadership core of a national sports team. Case Studies in Sport Management, 5, 60-64.

Kerwin, S., & Hoeber, L. (2015). Collaborative self-ethnography: Navigating self-reflexivity in a sport management context. Journal of Sport Management, 29, 498-509.

Kerwin, S., Jordan, J., & Turner, B. (2015). Organizational justice and conflict: Do perceptions of fairness influence disagreement? Sport Management Review, 18, 384-395.

Kerwin, S. (2015). Understanding conflict in sport and entertainment organizations. Sport and Entertainment Review, 1(3), 75-82.

Books, case studies, and contributions to edited books

Kerwin, S., Li, M., & Burton, L. (in press). Managing and leading in sport organization. In P. Pedersen, & L. Thibault (eds.). Contemporary Sport Management, 7th ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

Kerwin, S. & Hoeber, L. (in press). Sport fandom: The complexity of performative role identities. In D. Coombs, & A. Osborne (eds.). Routledge Handbook on Sport Fans and Fandom. Taylor & Francis, London, UK.

Kerwin, S. (forthcoming). Introduction to HRM and Digital Technology in the Sport Industry. In M. L. Naraine, T. M. Hayduck, & J. P. Doyle (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Digital Sport Management. Taylor & Francis, London, UK.

Kerwin, S., & Doherty, A. (2019). Board dynamics in nonprofit sport organizations: Contemporary research directions. In M. Winand & A. Christos (eds.). Research Handbook on Sports Governance (pp. 439-453). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Odio, M., & Kerwin, S. (2019). Sport in North America. In E. MacIntosh & G. Bravo (eds.). International Sport Management, 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, pp. 33-45.

Kerwin, S., Li, M., & Burton, L. (2018). Managing and leading in sport organization. In P. Pedersen, & L. Thibault (eds.). Contemporary Sport Management, 6th ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

Chelladurai, P., & Kerwin, S. (2017). Human resource management in sport and recreation. 3rd edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

Kerwin, S. (2015). Human Resource Management in Sport. In T. Byers (ed.). Contemporary Issues in Sport: An Introduction. Sage, London, UK, pp. 135-148.

  • Managing Human Resources in Sport Organizations
  • Quantitative Analysis in Sport Management
  • Critical Analysis of Sport Management Research and Theory

Dr. Kerwin is on sabbatical from July 1, 2024-July 1, 2025 and not taking on additional graduate students for Fall, 2024 in-take.

Dr. Kerwin is on sabbatical from July 1, 2024-July 1, 2025 and will not be available to supervise undergraduate projects in the 2024-2025 academic year.