Doctoral students are welcome to take two courses being taught this spring semester at the United States Sports Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus.

The sports university is offering SAR 776 Research Methodologies and SAM 730 Sports Leadership Principles as part of its very special three-year residential doctoral degree program. The program began in September with the addition of five doctoral teaching assistants. They were selected from more than 100 applicants to receive scholarships, plus a stipend.

Both classes are being taught at times convenient for doctoral students along the Gulf Coast who work full-time. Classes are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday during the spring semester that runs from Thursday, Jan. 5 to Tuesday, April 17.

Students may wish to take Research Methodologies in the classroom, instead of online, for the opportunity to discuss statistics, research methods and dissertation topics face-to-face with an Academy professor. The class is part of the research core and considered one of the harder subjects in the doctoral program.

Of course, students seeking their doctorate can take advantage of classroom instruction at anytime during the three-year course rotation for the current doctoral residential program. To view the tentative schedule, click here.

Currently, the five TAs enrolled in the residential courses are:

  • Brandon Spradley, a track and field star at the University of Alabama, who holds a master’s degree in Exercise Science and graduated with honors.
  • Patrick Brennan, who holds a law degree from the largest law school in this country, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
  • Kristy Crowley, whose master’s degree comes from Columbia University and who played professional basketball in Denmark.
  • John Petty, who holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University and who is a former U.S. Army captain and helicopter pilot.
  • Amber Magner, who holds a degree in Sport Management from the University of New Orleans and who has experience as a women’s basketball coach and as a professor in Sport Management.