Ellen Staurowsky

Candid photo of Ellen Staurowsky

Ellen J. Staurowsky, Ed.D., is a full professor in the Department of Sport Management at Drexel University. She is a fellow of both the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the AAHPERD Research Consortium.

Dr. Staurowsky is internationally recognized as an expert on social justice issues in sport which include gender equity and Title IX, pay equity and equal employment opportunity, college athletes’ rights and the exploitation of college athletes, the faculty role in reforming college sport, representation of women in sport media, and the misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport. She is co-author of the book, College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur Myth (Praeger Press) and editor and author of Women and Sport: A Continuing Journey from Liberation to Celebration (Human Kinetics Publishers).

In addition to publications in scholarly journals such as the* Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sociology of Sport Journal, Quest, Journal of Sport Management, the International Journal of Sport Sociology, the Marquette Sports Law Review, the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, the International Journal of Sport History, and Sport Management Review her critiques and analyses on a variety of issues have appeared in *The Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, The NCAA News, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Athletic Management Magazine, and News From Indian Country. She was a columnist with the College Sport Business News, Women in Coaching Blog, and co-founder and editor of the LBGT Issues in Sport: Theory to Practice Blog. She currently serves as a contributing/senior writer with Sports Litigation Alert.

She has served as a research consultant to the National College Players Association, co-authoring several reports addressing issues regarding college football and basketball player value, including The $6 Billion Heist: Robbing College Athletes Under the Guise of Amateurism, TV Money Windfall in Big Time College Sports: $784 Million Reasons for Reform, The Price of Poverty: A Comparison of Big-Time College Athletes Fair Market Value, Their Current Compensation, and the U.S. Federal Poverty Line, and An Examination of the Financial Shortfall for Athletes on Full Scholarship at NCAA Division I Institutions – 2009-2010.

As a researcher and advocate on behalf of women in sport, she has served as the lead author on the Women’s Sports Foundation’s comprehensive and expansive research report entitled Her Life Depends on It: Sport and Physical Activity in the Lives of American Girls and Women (second and third editions). She also co-authored WSF’s report on women in the college sport workplace entitled Beyond X’s and O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s Teams.

As a teacher and researcher, she has received numerous honors including the Women’s Sports Foundation Researcher of the Year award, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport’s President’s Award, the University of South Carolina College Sport Research Institute’s Lifetime Research Achievement Award, and the Laughlin Education Award from Ursinus College for her contributions to education nationally.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business of College Sport
  • College Athletes' Rights
  • Misappropriation of American Indian Imagery in Sport
  • Sexual Violence in Sport (hazing, sexual harrassment & assault)
  • Sport Media
  • Title IX and Gender Equality

Selected Works

Articles

Staurowsky, Ellen, Former USC football player alleges gender bias after expulsion for intimate partner violence.. Sports Litigation Alert (Jun 2019):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Former Minnesota technical college coach & athletic coordinator settles whistleblower case.. Sport Litigation Alert (May 2019):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Claims of financial exigency & roster management practices under scrutiny in Portz v. St. Cloud State University. Sport Litigation Alert (Feb 2019):

Staurowsky, Ellen, At UMD: Another case of sex discrmination targeting a female coach or female coach sexual misconduct?. Sports Litigation Alert (Aug 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, SUNY Albany can’t shake Title IX allegations after cutting women’s sports. Sports Litigation Alert (Aug 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, At UMD: Another sex discrimination case targeting a female coach or female coach misconduct. Sport Litigation Alert (Aug 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Ex-Louisville basketball players sue NCAA over vacation of wins & records post-escort scandal. Journal of NCAA Compliance (Jul 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) reporting: The case of Florida Atlantic University. Legal Issues in Collegiate Sports (Jul 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Examining Ohio State’s investigation of sexual abuse clams against former team doctor. Sports Litigation Alert (Jul 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Recent complaint accuses Oregon State athletics of falsifying EADA information: But did they?. Sports Litigation Alert (Jun 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, SMU coaches and sports medicine personnel accused by female rowers of gender discrimination and negligence. Sports Litigation Alert (Mar 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Aspen Institute Sport & Society Program hosted rountable on the future of football. Sports Litigation Alert (Feb 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Guilford College denies lack of Title iX compliance in athletic department. Sports Litigation Alert (Feb 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Quaker coaches and athletes allege long-standing Title IX violantions and retaliation at Guilford College. Sports Litigation Alert (Nov 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Anonymous OCR Title IX complaint alleges anti-male bias in Occidental athletics. Sports Litigation Alert (Oct 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, NCAA opposed college athletes’ motion for summary judgement in athlete compensation cap case & files its own motion for summary judgement. Sports Litigation Alert (Oct 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, College athletes seeking relief from NCAA’s cap on athlete compensation file for summary judgement. Sports Litigation Alert (Sep 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Female athletes allege 45-year history of Title IX non-compliance at Lock Haven University. Sports Litigation Alert (Jul 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Indiana University’s athletics policy disqualifying athletes with records of sexual violence. Sports Litigation Alert (Jul 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Zonder, E., and Reimer, B., So what is Title IX? Assessing college athletes knowledge of the law.. Women in Sports and Physical Activity 25 (Apr 2017): 30-42.

Staurowsky, Ellen, Wrongful termination alleged in former women’s water polo coach’s lawsuit against Cal. Sports Litigation Alert (Mar 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Michigan State officials accused of covering up sexual abuse of former female softball player by team physician. Sports Litigation Alert (Jan 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, An analysis of Univeristy of Kansas’s motion to dismiss the Daisy Tackett Title IX lawsuit. Sports Litigation Alert (Dec 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Grant Neal v. Colorado State University-Pueblo et al: College athlete accused of sexual assault under Title IX takes on school and U.S. government. Sports Litigation Alert (Sep 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Tackett v. University of Kansas: Holding schools accountable under Title IX and consumer protection. Sports Litigation Alert (Apr 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, African-American male student seeks relief for racial and sex discrimination against the University of Notre Dame and former employee. Sports Litigation Alert (Nov 2015):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Baylor University, sexual violence, & Title IX: Part II. Sports Litigation Alert (Sep 2015):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Baylor University, sexual violence, & Title IX: Part I. Sports Litigation Alert (Sep 2015):

Books

Staurowsky, Ellen, Women and sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration.. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Chapters

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Women at work: The impact of equity laws on women in the sport industry.” Handbook on the business of women’s sports, Ed. Lough, Nancy & Guerin, Andrea. London: Routledge, (Forthcoming)

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Women at work: The impact of equity laws on women in the sport industry..” Handbook on the Business of Women’s Sport , Ed. Lough, N., & Guerin, A.. NY: Routledge, (2019):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Abney, Robertha, and Watanabe, Nicholas, “Intercollegiate Athletics.” Contemporary Sport Management, Ed. Pedersen, Paul & Thibault, Lucie. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2019):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Recruiting and athletic scholarships.” Youth sports in America: The 50 most important issues in youth sport today, Ed. Arthur-Banning, Skye. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, (2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “The politics of Title IX and college athlete employees.” Sport and the neoliberal university: Profit, politics, and pedagogy, Ed. King-White, Ryan. Rutgers: Rutgers University Press, (2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “National letter of intent: Is it the worst contract in sports?.” College athletes’ rights and well-being, Ed. Comeaux, Ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, (2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Hazing.” Law for sport and recreation managers, Ed. Cotton, Doyce & Wolohan, John. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, (2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Hazing.” Law for sport and recreation managers, Ed. Cotton, Doyce & Wolohan, John. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, (2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Women’s sport in the 21st century: A baseline.” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Women’s sport history: an overview..” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Girls and women in sport: Benefits and risks..” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Women, sport, and aging.” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, and Smith, Maureen, “Women leaders in corporate sport.” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Women’s sport leadership at the college and high school levels.” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Women, sport, and sexual violence.” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Title IX and beyond: The impact of the Civil Rights & Women’s Rights Movements on women’s sport.” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Historical perspectives on college sport.” Intercollegiate Athletics Administration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “Glimpsing the future of girls and women in sport.” Women in sport: Continuing a journey from liberation to celebration, Ed. Ellen J. Staurowsky. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, (2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, “College athletes’ rights.” Introduction to intercollegiate athletics, Ed. Comeaux, Ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, (2015):

Grants

Title IX education project (Drexel University/Steinbright Provost’s Office of Undergraduate Student Research Co-op.) $7,245 Apr 2018.

Examining NCAA rules and infractions decisions through the lens of the ‘lock-in’ model of racism (Texas A & M Laboratory for Diversity in Sport) $2,500 Sep 2016.

Monographs

Staurowsky, Ellen, DeSousa, Mary Jane, Miller, Katherine E., Sabo, Don, Shakib, Sohaila, Theberge, Nancy, Veliz, Phil, Weaver, Allison, and Williams, Nancy, Her Life Depends on It III: Sport and Physical Activity and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women, Hempstead, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation, (May 2016):

Sabo, Don, Veliz, Phil, Staurowsky, Ellen, DeSouza, M., Shakib, S., Theberge, Nancy, and Williams, Nancy, Her Life Depends on It III: Sport, Physical Activity and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women, Hempstead, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation, (Aug 2015):

Presented Research

Staurowsky, Ellen, Washington R-word survey redux: The journey from Annenberg to the Washington Post wasn’t as far as it appeared, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport: Tampa Bay, FL,

Staurowsky, Ellen, Revisiting Millard Lampell’s view of college football as industry and college athlete labor efforts, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport: Vancouver, British Columbia, (Nov 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Assessing college athlete engagement with high impact practices (HIPs), Drexel University Assessment Conference: Philadelphia, PA, (Sep 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Bopp, Trevor, and Jacobs, Britney, The consistently diverse stakeholders devotion to diversity and inclusion, North American Society for Sport Management: Halifax, Nova Scotia, (Jun 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Ethical concerns in college sport research, College Sport Research Institute Conference: Columbia, SC, (Apr 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Past is present: Women, sport, and legacy, Snell-Shillingford Coaching Symposium: Swarthmore, PA, (Jan 2018):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Has gender bias come of age in the college sport workplace?, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport: Windsor, ON, (Nov 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Examining NCAA rules and infractions decisions through the lens of the, North American Society for Sport Sociology: Windsor, ON, (Nov 2017):

Knoppers, Annelies, Staurowsky, Ellen, and Reimer, Brenda, Rethinking the use of feminist theories in sport management research and teaching, North American Society for Sport Management: Denver, CO, (Jun 2017):

Bojdela, S, Staurowsky, Ellen, Rascher, Dan, and Schwarz, Andrew, College sport research and litigation, College Sport Research Institute Conference: Columbia, SC, (Apr 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Women’s work in the 21st century collegiate ahtletic program: The more things change, the more things stay the same, Joan Hult Lecture Series: College Park, MD, (Mar 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Women, the college sport workplace, and gender bias, Intersectionality and Women’s Sports Conference: Los Angeles, CA, (Mar 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, College athletes through the lens of labor, Eastern Sociological Society: Philadelphia, PA, (Feb 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Women, sport, and the currents of time, Snell-Shillingford Coaching Symposium: Philadelphia, PA, (Jan 2017):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Perceptions of gender bias among coaches of women’s collegiate sports, North American Society for Sport Sociology: Tampa Bay, FL, (Nov 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Perceptions of gender bias among coaches of women’s collegiate sports, North American Society for Sport Sociology: Tampa Bay, FL, (Nov 2016):

Hoffman, P, Hudson, Taylor, and Staurowsky, Ellen, Sport and society, Associated Press Sports Editors Northeast Regional Meeting: Poughkeepsie, NY, (Oct 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Amateurism that never was: Examining opposition to paying college athletes, The Changing Landscape Within and Future of Intercollegiate Athletics Conference, Marquette University Law School: Marquette, WI, (Oct 2016):

Edelman, Mark, Fort, Rodney, Luck, Oliver, and Staurowsky, Ellen, Amateurism, economics, employment, and pay within college athletics, The Changing Landscape Within and Future of Intercollegiate Athletics Conference, Marquette University Law School: Marquette, WI, (Oct 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, A Title IX conversation with college athletes, The Wisdom Wednesdays Lecture Series, Dickinson College: Dickinson, PA, (Sep 2016):

Fromson, Terry, Cramer, A. M., and Staurowsky, Ellen, Title IX compliance in athletic departments, Title IX Summit: Rowan University: Rowan, NJ, (Sep 2016):

Weight, Erianne, Southall, Richard, and Staurowsky, Ellen, Perspectives on advancing theory and practice in intercollegiate athletics, North American Society for Sport Management: Orlando, FL, (Jun 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Ethical considerations in sport management research methodologies, North American Society for Sport Management: Orlando, FL, (Jun 2016):

King, C. Richard, Guilianno, Jennifer, Logan, G., Daniel, N., and Staurowsky, Ellen, The R-word’s use in sport, North American Society for the Study of Sport History: Atlanta, GA, (May 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Title IX and athletic department obligations, Middle Athletic Conference Meeting: Ocean City, NJ, (May 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Ttile IX and the current college sport landscape, Middle Atlantic Cnference (MAC) Inclusion Forum: Annville, PA, (May 2016):

Karcher, Richard, Maxcy, Joel, Nagle, Mark, Staurowsky, Ellen, and Southall, Richard, Big-time college athletes, labor, and the academy, College Sport Research Institute Conference: Columbia, SC, (Apr 2016):

Hawkins, Billy, Gerdy, John, Staurowsky, Ellen, Sack, Allen, and Brooks, Jamal, CSRI conference board of directors’ conversation: State of college sport, College Sport Research Institute Conference: Columbia, SC, (Apr 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, The Power Five and power politics: LEAD1 athletic directors taking their game to Capitol Hill, College Sport Research Institute Conference: Columbia, SC, (Apr 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Beyond X’s and O’s: The workplace expeirences of coaches of college women’s teams, College Sport Research Institute Conference: Columbia, SC, (Apr 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Women’s college sport: Title IX compliance and male practice players, Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference Assoication for Applied Sport Psychology Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: Philadelphia, PA, (Apr 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Women, sport, & legacy, Snell-Shillingford Coaching Symposium: Bryn Mawr, PA, (Apr 2016):

Fromson, Terry, O’Brien, Tim, and Staurowsky, Ellen, Gender equity in sports: Analysis of Title IX and effective compliance strategies, Villanova University School of Law Gender Equity in Sports: Analysis of Title IX and Effective Compliance Strategies: Villanova, PA, (Jan 2016):

Staurowsky, Ellen, U.S. college athletic departments: Separate and unequal, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport: Santa Fe, NM, (Nov 2015):

Hermosillo, M. A., Collins, J., Durham, D., and Staurowsky, Ellen, Northwestern, Pacific Lutheran and changing issues facing private schools, 9th Annaul American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference: Philadelphia, PA, (Nov 2015):

Staurowsky, Ellen, Situating 21st century visions of college sport within labor movements and labor markets, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport: Santa Fe, NM, (Nov 2015):

King, C. Richard, Fenelon, James, Guilliano, Jennifer, Lee, E. V., and Staurowsky, Ellen, Caucus sports studies II: Troubling a racial slur: Researching and resisting the use of R*skins in sport, American Studies Association: Toronto, Ontario, (Oct 2015):

Editorial Board Service

Member – Women in Sport and Physical Activity, Human Kinetics (2017)
Member – Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, American Press (2017)
Member – Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, Human Kinetics (2017)
Member – Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, University of South Carolina College Sport Research Institute (2017)
Member – Journal of Athlete Development and Experience, Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS) (2017)
Member – Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, University of Kansas (2018)
Member – Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, College Sport Research Institute, University of South Carolina (2018)
Member – Women in Sport & Physical Activity, Human Kinetics Publishers (2018)
Member – Applied Research in Coaching & Athletics , American Press (2018)
Member – Journal of Athlete Development and Experience, Bowling Green University (2018)

Education

BS Health & Physical Education - Ursinus College Collegeville, PA 1977
MS Sport Psychology & Teaching Pedagogy - Ithaca College Ithaca, NY US 1979
EdD Sport Management - Temple University Philadelphia, PA US 1994
MS Legal Studies - Concentration in NCAA Compliance & Sport Law - Drexel University Philadelphia, PA US 2018