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Health Sciences and Kinesiology faculty member publishes research

Gregg Rich, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Georgia Southern University Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, recently had research published in the Journal of Athlete Development and Experience

Rich conducted research titled “Student-Athletes at an Historically Black University (HBU): Examining the Relationships Between Student-Engagement on Campus and Career Situation Awareness,” with colleagues from Clayton State University and Clarkson University. 

Their work examined the relationship between student-athletes’ engagement experiences on campus and their outlook on potential career interests at an HBU with NCAA Division I affiliation in the Southeastern United States.

“Findings of the study determined minority student-athletes of both sexes benefit by attending an HBU as it pertains to social enrichment and career perspective,” said Rich. “However, white student-athletes do not have the same academic involvement on campus as their minority counterparts. Interestingly, the more that Black female student-athletes utilize collective academic settings, such as the library, and engage in socially enriching environments, the less likely they are to perceive themselves to be athletes versus students.” 
The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions.

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