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Dr. Heidi Grappendorf

Heidi Grappendorf


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 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 50 articles, 15 book chapters, and has numerous national and international presentations.


  • Ph D, University of New Mexico Albuquerque, Physical Education/Sport Administration
  • MA, University of Northern Colorado, Physical Education/Sport Administration
  • BA, Dana College, 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 are related to how gender roles impact women's careers in sport management and leadership.

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