Robert Epling, Ph.D.
Director, Masters Programs in Sports Administration
PhD, University of Tennessee; M. Ed., University of Georgia; B.S. Ed., University of Georgia
Phone: 305-474-6049
Office: O’Mailia Room 124

Dr. Bob Epling holds the Arthur H. Hertz Endowed Professorship in Sports Tourism. He joined the St. Thomas University faculty in 2016 as an Associate Professor of Sports Administration. A college professor for over twenty years, he previously served in administrative roles as a program coordinator, department chair, and school dean at Reinhardt University and Berry College in Georgia. His research and professional development interests focus on the history of big-time intercollegiate sports, and the relationship between academics and athletics on the contemporary college campus.

  • The Big Fix: The Social, Cultural, and Campus Effects of Adding Football at a Small University presentation at Ninth International Conference on Sport and Society, July 20, 2018, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
  • Gravy Train or Resource Drain? Examining the Financial Impact of Adding Football Programs at Small Colleges presentation at 11th Annual College Sport Research Institute Conference on College Sport, April 12-14, 2018, Columbia, SC
  • Leaders and Cheerleaders: The Role of Faculty in Intercollegiate Athletic Reform Sports and Fitness Network Blog, June 16, 2014
  • A Healthy Tension: Academics and Athletics on Campus,, Sports and Fitness Network Blog, February 4, 2014