Brittany Jacobs

Dr. Brittany Jacobs is an Assistant Professor and the Department Chair for the Sport Management programs. She is highly involved in the Olympics & Paralympic movements and before returning to academia worked for USA Rugby. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Sport & Exercise Science with a doctoral Minor in Statistics. She also holds a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Texas and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Hampshire. As an undergraduate, she earned her B.S. from University of New Hampshire in Kinesiology and played collegiate field hockey. She has served as a coach and official for the sport. As an educator is passionate about experiential learning, and integrates applied practice into all of her courses.


Brittany lives in Providence with her wife, Kellie, and their dog, Oliver. She enjoys travel, sport mega-events, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, house hunting, and reading.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Sport and Society
  • Sport Event Management
  • Lead 101
  • Leading & Managing Teams
  • Sport Sustainability Practicum
  • Esport Management Practicum
  • Sport Management Seminar
  • GPS - Foundations of Inquiry


  • Experiential Learning projects: Engaging First and Second Year Principles of Marketing Students : The Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 21(1), 115- 124
  • Professional Athletes and Gen Z: A Commentary on Social Media Influence During the COVID-19 Pandemic : The Journal of Social Media in Society, 9(2), 381-392
  • Finding a naming rights partner for the Stump Grinders : International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 11(2), 157-172
  • High impact practices in the sport management curriculum : Sport Management Education Journal, 14(1), 67-69
  • Exploring referee abuse through the lens of the collegiate rugby coach : Sport Management Review, 23(1),39-51
  • Navigating role ambiguity & conflict: Exploring the role of the referee within the Olympic sporting structure : Journal of Amateur Sport, 5(2), 116-137
  • The Evolution of women’s rugby : Lough, N. & Geurin, A. (Eds.) Handbook on the Business of Women’s Sport. Routledge
  • Sport management doctoral granting institutions: Curriculum, focus, and job placement : College Student Journal, 52(3), 373-383
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Brittany Jacobs

Department Chair, Sport Management