Jillian RosandichUnited States Sports Academy doctoral students Jillian Rosandich and Robert Herron recently represented the institution at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference in New Orleans, La.

Herron and Rosandich, who also serve as teaching assistants on the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala., attended the conference both for professional development and also to present a paper they co-authored with the Academy’s Chair of Sport Management Dr. Brandon Spradley.

The paper encompassed research on data obtained from Likert scales; possible Likert-alternatives, such as visual analog scales; and also focused on the gaps that can exist in data derived from Likert scale responses. Highlights from the weekend, aside from the honor that came from presenting their research, included an inspiring keynote address from Earle F. Zeigler Award recipient, Dr. Jennifer McGarry, who is an integral part of the sport management program at the University of Connecticut.

Robert HerronHerron earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Auburn University at Montgomery and a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Alabama. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS*D) and a clinical exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CEP). Herron has extensive experience in higher education teaching and applied research.

Rosandich earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy and a bachelor’s degree in film and media arts from the University of New Orleans. Rosandich has significant experience in television, film and theater, working as an actor and in production in the United States and Malaysia. She earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with Habitat for Humanity and Americorps in New Orleans, La., where she taught disaster preparedness. She earned the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Joseph Cao (R-La.) for her commitment to service.