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Dr. Heidi Grappendorf

Heidi Grappendorf

Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Sport Management Graduate Program Director

College of Business

School of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sport Management, and Hospitality and Tourism Management

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3995
Office: 226G Forsyth Building


Dr. Grappendorf is an Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director in Sport Management at Western Carolina University. Before arriving at WCU, Dr. Grappendorf was an Associate Professor, and Graduate Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico in Sport Administration. Dr. Grappendorf has taught a variety of sport management undergraduate and graduate courses. She has published near 30 articles, 11 book chapters, and has numerous national and international presentations.


  • Ph D, University of New Mexico, Physical Education/Sport Administration
  • Ph D, University of New Mexico Albuquerque
  • MA, University of Northern Colorado, Physical Education/Sport Administration
  • MA, University of Northern Colorado
  • BA, Other US Institution, Social Science

Teaching Interests

Dr. Grappendorf teaches a variety of classes including Introduction to Sport Management, Global Issues in Sport, Sport Media, and a graduate level Administration & Governance class.

Research Interests

Dr. Grappendorf research interests related to the sociological reasons and barriers to the careers of women in sport management and leadership.

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