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Karen Weaver, Ed.D.

Associate Clinical Professor
Sport Management


Program Associations

  • B.S., Sport Management
  • M.S., Sport Management


  • Ed. D., University of Pennsylvania
    Higher Education Management
  • M.S., Purdue University
    Sport Sociology
  • B.S., Lock Haven University
    Physical Education/Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Media and Technology
  • Finance
  • Higher education administration
  • Governance
  • Marketing
  • Social media

Professional Experience

  • Drexel University, Goodwin College (Aug. 2012-present)
    Associate Clinical Professor, Sport Management
  • Burgher/Gines/Weaver Higher Education Management Co. (July 2012-present)
  • The Learning Alliance (2011-present)
  • ESPN (2011-present), NCAA Division I Field Hockey Broadcast (2010-present), CBS College Sports (2009-present), Big Ten Network (2007-present)
    Color Analyst for ACC Field Hockey
  • Conference Broadcasts, Inc. (2010-present)
  • Penn State University-Abington (2006-12)
    Director of Athletics, Intramurals, and Recreation
  • University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics (2000-04) Associate Athletics Director
  • Cecil College (1998-2000)
    Director of Athletics
  • Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (1995-96)
    Announcer and Assistant Producer
  • Ohio State University (1987-1996)
    Field Hockey Coach
  • Salisbury University (1982-87)
    Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach/Faculty

Research Interests

  • College sports media and finance
  • Broadcast television media rights and rights holders
  • Governance issues
  • Social media and marketing

Dr. Weaver brings a 30+ year career as a leader in collegiate and international athletics to the classroom. As a head coach, she reached rare heights, leading her teams to NCAA Division I and III post season play on numerous occasions and winning an NCAA National Championship. An accomplished national and international level field hockey coach, she has worked for and attended numerous Olympic Games since women's field hockey became a full Olympic sport in 1980. A collegiate All-American, she was part of the United States Field Hockey National Training Squad for several years.

Dr. Weaver is also an accomplished athletic administrator at the NCAA Division I, III, junior college and NAIA levels. She has led transformations and been a part of athletic departments who finished in the top 10 of the prestigious Director's Cup rankings. Her range of experiences as a coach and administrator allows her to bring real world examples to the courses she teaches.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Weaver is nationally recognized as an expert in broadcast rights, media and branding strategies, and social media. Her expertise in the area of institutional advocacy for protection of current and future video content rights has been called visionary. She has spoken about collegiate broadcast media rights both nationally and internationally, including at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris, at the NCAA Convention, and to collegiate sport conferences around the United States. She received the University of Pennsylvania's Early Career/Alumni Award of Merit in 2011.

Dr. Weaver has been quoted, published and interviewed by some of the leading news outlets in the world, including BBC, USA Today, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Indianapolis Star, Detroit Free Press, and Minnesota Public Radio. She has written extensively about the financial issues facing higher education and athletics in leading trade publications including Athletic Management Magazine and Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal.

Her Twitter feed @collegeathlete has been recognized as one of the top 100 for college sports fanatics to follow, and her followers include writers and editors from Sports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Orlando Sentinel, Sports Business Journal, The New York Times, and sports management faculty around the country. Students are encouraged to follow her on Twitter to keep abreast of the collegiate sports media scene.

The article Media Deals, College Football and Governance, was her second cover story for Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning (July/August 2013); published on the heels of Paying for Big Time College Sports (January 2011) the periodical's fifth most read article in 2011.

Her chapter "Connecting Fans and Teams More Intensively with Social Media" was published in 2011 in the book "Higher Education with Social Media" (Charles Wankel, Editor).

Read more of Dr. Weaver's articles at

Dr. Weaver was a guest on Radio Times, WHYY's issues program. Listen to the podcast