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David Waters


  • Business |
Associate Professor
BRC 109


  • B.S. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • M.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Courses Taught at Viterbo:  

  • SPML 320 Ethical Leadership in Sport
  • SPML 330 Finance for the Sport Leader
  • SPML 350 Event Management
  • SPML 360 Facilities Management
  • SPML 455 Sport, Rec, and Event Management
  • SPML 481 Sport Leadership Practicum
  • SPML 490 Strategic Sport Leadership
  • RLST 326 Religion and Sports
  • SPSL 220 History and Philosophy of Sport
  • MGMT 140 Business as a Responsible Career Choice
  • MGMT 487 Internship in Sport

Experience Outside Academia:
For 15 years, David has been a faculty member at universities in the USA, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Outside of university service, he has been a lecturer for the American College of Sports Medicine’s certification programs as well as the National Coaching Accreditation Program/Singapore Sports Council. He has trained/tested elite athletes and been a consultant in facility design for the Chinese-Taipei Olympic Committee (Republic of China); on behalf of this Committee, he served as strength and conditioning consultant for the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, as well as 1990 Asian Games. He managed fitness centers in the USA, Taiwan, and Malaysia for Clark Hatch Fitness Center. He supervised youth and adult sport for the Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Department. David has also managed aquatic facilities and lifeguard staff for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.  

Service Interests:
Events volunteer for on-campus and community sport.

Community Service:
David has assisted in a variety of programs and their events:  Course Marshal, La Crosse Fitness Festival Marathon and Half Marathon; Assistant Race Director, Hanover (Minnesota) Harvest Festival 5k & Children's Run; China Earthquake ReliefAid Volunteer, La Crosse Area Chinese Association and American Red Cross; Finish Line Volunteer, La Crosse Fitness Festival Marathon & Half Marathon; Olympic Games Columnist ("Postcards From Beijing"), La Crosse Tribune; External Examiner, Beijing (China) Union University; External Examiner, National Chin-Yi University of Technology (Taiwan); Coordinator, 21st Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Academic Fellow, Singapore Olympic Academy; Periodical Reviewer, Center for Irish Studies, Saint Thomas University (Minnesota); Event Administration, Singapore Cricket Club Soccer Sevens; Committee Member, Singapore Cricket Club 150th Year Soccer Fiesta; Volunteer, Assisi Home and Hospice at Mount Alvernia Hospital (Singapore); Volunteer, Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Professional Associations:
David is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management.

Publications and Presentations:
David has collaborated domestically and internationally with researchers and graduate students in the production of scholarly articles, chapters, and books.  Some selected titles are as follows:

  • Risk management practices in high school athletic departments.
  • Team identification and willingness of sport fans to illegally help their team at the NCAA Division III level.
  • Administration components of 63 university-based challenge course programs.
  • Assessing mass sport and sport development initiatives in post-colonial Egypt.
  • An Asian city-state ascends the Olympic podium?  Singapore's socio-economic impacts from hosting the 117th 1OC Session.
  • Singapore Olympians: The complete who's who 1936-2004.
  • Ancient Greek games: Their roots and management.
  • The status of African sport development: A 14-nation perspective.
  • Sport for All.
  • Youth fitness: US perspectives and trends.
  • Educational sport: An international and comparative study of 53 nations.
  • Singapore's organizational strategies in the development and management of a sport culture.
  • The combined effects of plyometrics and weight training on vertical jumping performance.
  • The assessment of delivery systems for sport in Singapore.
  • The implementation of Olympic Education in a government primary school in Singapore: A case study.
  • The role of physical education and sport in nation building.
  • Sport and national character in Asia.

David has presented research papers at sport management and sport science conferences in the United States, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Greece.  He looks forward to meeting youth and community groups, sport agencies, educational institutions, and corporations to present and collaborate on selected sport topics!!

Business Research Interests:
Major areas of research are: historical, social, and economic impacts of the Olympic Games; global studies in sport administration; risk management for sport.

Business Practice Interests:
Organizational strategies and risk management in sport organizations

Favorite thing about teaching or favorite teaching moment:
"In my first two years at Viterbo, I team-taught with Tom Thibodeau and J.Todd Ondell; I enjoyed going to class and learning from these great professors!"

Hobbies and Other Interests:
David and his family are active in gardening and landscaping projects, traveling to museums, and music appreciation.

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