Professor, Department Chair
Dr. Ming Li is a Professor in Sports Administration. He became the inaugural chair of the Department of Sports Administration in the College of Business at Ohio University on July 1, 2010. Before taking that position, he was the Director of the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences. Dr. Li served as Acting Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services from September 2009 to June 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio University, he taught at Georgia Southern University for eleven years. During those years, he coordinated both the graduate and undergraduate sport management programs. Dr. Li’s teaching and research interests are in financial and economic aspects of sport, and international sport management. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Guangzhou Institute of Physical Culture (PRC), his master’s degree in education from Hangzhou University (PRC), and his Doctor of Education from the University of Kansas in Sport Administration.
Dr. Li’s professional affiliations include: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Sport Marketing Association, and International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER.SD). Currently, he served on the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Dr. Li used to serve as Past-President, President and President-Elect of NASSM and hold offices as Member-at-Large on the Executive Council of NASSM. In addition, he chaired the Sport Management Council of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), and directed the Sport Management & Administration Commission of ICHPER.SD. He was the recipient of the 1999 Taylor Dodson Award given by the Southern District AAHPERD. The award is presented annually to a young professional who has demonstrated strong leadership qualities in the field of health, physical education and dance. He has actively participated in the NASPE-NASSM Sport Management Program Review process. In 2001, he finished his three-year term serving on the Sport Management Program Review Council (SMPRC). He has served as a consultant to several institutions in program evaluation and development in sport management. Dr. Li has memberships on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including Journal of Sport Management and Sport Marketing Quarterly. In 1996, he worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as an Olympic Envoy. The Envoy appointment was awarded as a result of Dr. Li’s leadership ability, decision making and communication skills, and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. For the contribution he made to his profession, the institution, and the community, he was given the 2000-2001 Award for Excellence in Service by Georgia Southern University.
Dr. Li has published more than 27 articles in refereed journals, three books (i.e., Economics of Sport, Research Methods in Sport Management, and Badminton Everyone), and a number of book chapters. Presently, he is the lead editor for a book project, International Sport Management. Besides publications, Dr. Li also made numerous refereed presentations at state, national and international conferences. He is an Honorary Professor of six institutions in China (i.e., Sun Yat-sen University, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing Sport University, Tianjin University of Sport, Shanghai University of Sport, and Guangzhou Sport University). He is married to Wan Chen and has two daughters, Madison Li and Holly Li.