Information for

Katie Misener

Assistant Professor

Katie Misener

Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2310

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.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

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

  • 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: Advanced Seminar in Recreation and Sport Business
  • REC 641: Issues in Leisure and Community


    BKin (McMaster)

    MHK (Windsor)

    PhD (Western Ontario)

    Postdoctoral fellowship (Ryerson)

    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

    Misener, K., & Doherty, A. (2012). Connecting the community through sport organization partnerships. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 4(2), 243-256.

    University of Waterloo