Emily Plunkett is a research fellow and sport management doctoral student in the University of Florida Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Plunkett has worked with college athletes for the past seven years and holds a certificate in athlete development from the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS). Plunkett currently co-teaches a Sport Career Transition course aimed at preparing student-athletes for life after sports through career exploration and identity development. She also conducts research for the Laboratory for Athlete and Athletics Development and Research (LAADR) at UF.
Plunkett’s interest in college sports began with her own Division I athletic career as a diver for the University of Florida. She has a background in collegiate athletic media relations and sports information but now works on the academic side of college sport through tutoring and course instruction. She has helped teach a variety of sport management classes at UF, including a professional development course focused on assisting undergraduates in attaining sport industry experience and preparing for capstone internships. Her current research interests include the holistic development of college student-athletes, specifically in preparation for transition into athletic retirement, and the role of experiential learning in career development. She has presented research at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS) conferences and is an active member of both organizations.
Ph.D. in Health & Human Performance with a Concentration in Sport Management – University of Florida (Expected August 2020)
M.S. in Sport Management – University of Florida (May 2017)
B.S. in Journalism with a Concentration in Sport Management – University of Florida (May 2014)