Associate Professor; Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Photo of Katie at recreation centre.

Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2207

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 37098


Research interests

My primary research focuses on the capacity and social impact of nonprofit community sport organizations, with a particular focus on how capacity can be enhanced to support sport service delivery and foster social engagement through sport. In particular, I examine concepts such as social responsibility, social capital, volunteerism, and inter-organizational relationships. My research interests also include the role of sport organizations in community health promotion and creating collaborative value through partnerships.

Knowledge translation works

Social responsibility in community sport is a YouTube video highlighting the first stage results in a multi-phase Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) project examining social impact capacity in nonprofit sport management jointly conducted by myself, Kathy Babiak (University of Michigan) and Michael Shier (University of Toronto).

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with research interests relate to:

  • Community sport organizations
  • Organizational capacity
  • Social responsibility through sport
  • Sport and social change
  • Social capital
  • Nonprofit management

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Sport and recreation management
  • Nonprofit management and leadership
  • Organizational theory
  • Service learning
  • Social purpose organizations

Check out Katie's teaching story on creating a culture of active learning


  • REC 356: Leisure and Community
  • REC 413: Innovative Solutions in Recreation and Sport Business
  • REC 641: Issues in Leisure and Community


BKin, McMaster University

MHK, University of Windsor

PhD, Western University

Postdoctoral fellowship, Ryerson University 

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Rogalsky, K., Misener, K., & Mock, S. (2018). The influence of corporate social responsibility and team identification on spectator behavior in Major Junior Hockey. Leisure Sciences.

Misener, K., & Misener, L. (2017). Grey is the new black: Advancing understanding of new organizational forms and blurred sector boundaries in sport management. Journal of Sport Management, 31(2), 125-132. doi: 10.1123:JSM-2017-0030

Misener, L., & Misener, K. (2016). Examining the integration of sport and health promotion: Partnership or paradox? International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 8(4), 695-712. doi/full/10.1080/19406940.2016.1220405.

Doherty, A., Misener, K., & Cuskelly, G. (2014). Towards a multidimensional framework of capacity in community sport clubs. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 43(2S), 124S-142S, DOI: 10.1177/0899764013509892

Misener, K., Doherty, A., (2014). In support of sport: Examining the relationship between community sport organizations and sponsors. Sport Management Review, 17(4), 493-506. doi:10.1016/j.smr.2013.12.002

Misener. K., *Harman, A., & Doherty, A. (2013). Understanding the local sports council as a mechanism for community sport development. Managing Leisure, 18(4), 300-315. doi/full/10.1080/13606719.2013.809185#.UgPSzRbdKS0

Misener, K., & Doherty, A. (2013). Understanding capacity through the outcomes and processes of interorganizational relationships in small nonprofits. Sport Management Review, 16(2), 135-147. http://10.1016/j.smr.2012.07.003

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