Laurel Whalen

Laurel  Whalen
Program Coordinator/Lecturer - Sport Management & Administration

2155 Faculty/Administration Building

(313) 577-2704

Education

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Wayne State University (2019)
M.A. in Sports Administration, Wayne State University (2005)
B.A. in English and Speech Communication, Albion College (2001)

Responsibilities

Dr. Whalen serves as the Program Coordinator for the Sport Management undergraduate and Sports Administration graduate programs in the division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies.  Her primary responsibilities are teaching, advising, undergraduate and graduate program management, and other service within the College of Education.

Research Interests

  • Youth sports
  • Sociocultural issues in physical activity
  • Coach training and education
  • Parent involvement in sports
  • Student support and success
  • Online education 

Articles Published:

  • Centeio, E., Whalen, L., Thomas, E., Kulik, N., McCaughtry, N. (in press) Using yoga to reduce stress and bullying behavior among urban youth. Health.
  • Whalen, L., McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Kulik, N., Centeio, E., Maljack, K., Kaseta, M., Shen, B., & Martin, J. (2015). Why inner-city high school students attend after-school physical activity clubs. Health Education Journal, 1-13.
  • Centeio, E., Whalen, L., Kulik, N., Thomas, E., & McCaughtry, N. (2015). Understanding stress and aggression behaviors among urban youth. Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy, 5(187).
  • Martin, J., & Whalen, L. (2015) Effective practices of disability sport coaches. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 7(2), 13-23.
  • Garn, A.C., McCaughtry, N., Kulik, N., Kaseta, M., Maljak, K., Whalen, L., Shen, B., Martin, J., & Fahlman, M. (2014). Successful after-school physical activity clubs in urban high schools: Perspectives of adult leaders and student participants. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 33, 112-133.
  • Maljak, K., McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Kulik, N., Whalen, L., Shen, B., & Martin, J. (2014). Challenges in offering inner-city after-school physical activity clubs. Advances in Physical Education, 45(5), 297-307.
  • Martin, J.J. & Whalen, L. (2012). Self-concept and physical activity in athletes with physical disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 5, 197-200.

Papers Presented:

  • Whalen, L., Centeio, E., Thomas, E., Kulik, N., Nash, B., Shen, B., McCaughtry, N. (accepted). Addressing aggressive behaviors through mindful physical education. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, St. Louis, MO.
  • Thomas, E., Centeio, E., Kulik, N., Whalen, L., Nash, B., McCaughtry, N. (accepted). A yoga-based intervention in urban physical education. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, St. Louis, MO.
  • Whalen, L., McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Kulik, N., Maljak, K., Kaseta, M., Shen, B., Martin, J.J. (2013) Student motivations for participation in inner-city after-school physical activity clubs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Charlotte, NC.
  • Maljak, K., McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Kulik, N., Whalen L., Kaseta, M., Shen,B., Martin, J.J. (2013) Challenges in offering inner-city after-school physical activity clubs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance,Charlotte, NC.
  • Kaseta, M., Garn, A., McCaughtry, N., Kulik, N., Maljak, K., Whalen, L., Shen, B., Martin, J.J. (2013). Running successful inner-city after-school physical activity clubs. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Charlotte, NC.
  • Kulik, N., Zalewska, A., McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Maljak, K., Whalen, L., Kaseta, M., Martin, J.J., Shen, B. (2013). Weight Status and diet/physical activity self-perception in after-school physical activity clubs. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Charlotte, NC.
  • Kulik, N. Zalewska, A., McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Maljak, K., Whalen, L., Kaseta, M., Martin, J.J., Shen, B. (2013). Social support, diet and exercise in after-school physical activity clubs. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Charlotte, NC.
     

Public Presentations

  • Whalen, L. & Lewis, S. (2015, March). Coaching for character. Presentation at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Women in Sports Leadership Convention, Lansing, MI.
  • Whalen, L., (2014, February). Coaching for character. Presentation at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Women in Sports Leadership Convention, Lansing, MI.
  • Whalen, L. & Howard, C. (2014, August). Choosing the right college: Preparing your athletes for the future. Presentation at the Oakland Country Coaches Convention, Walled Lake, MI.
  • Whalen, L., (2013, August). Coaching for character: Using athletics to foster positive character development. Presentation at the Oakland County Coaches Convention, Walled Lake, MI.
     

 

Courses Taught

  • KHS 1010: Wellness @ Wayne
  • SAM 6661: Equity and Access in Sport
  • SAM 6320: Youth Sports & Recreation
  • SAM 6570: Sports Marketing
  • SAM 7540: Concepts of Management and Supervision
  • SAM 5750/6750/8750: Fieldwork/Internship in Sport Management & Administration

Community Engagement Activities

 
  • Center for Health and Community Impact, Research Fellow
  • SHAPE America, member
  • VAC (Volunteers, Administrators, and Coaches) Program
  • Michigan Swimming Evaluator
  • WSU Faculty Mentoring Committee
  • 3N Committee for Online Education
  • Wayne Experience Community of Practice
  • KHS Learning Community Co-Director
  • College of Education Peer Review of Teaching
  • College of Education Executive Committee
  • WSU Athletics Connect Mentoring Program
  • Faculty Representative for Women's Basketball 

Awards

  • 2018 College of Education Service Award 
  • 2017 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award