Susan B Foster

Susan B. Foster, Ph.D. is currently a Professor of Sport Business in the Department of Sport Business, International Hospitality, and Tourism Management in the Donald R. Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL.  Her main teaching interests include legal issues in sport, risk management, strategic planning, and pre-internship student development. She has supervised part-time and full-time field experiences for over 25 years. Her research focuses on the Fair Labor Standards Act and its application to internships, curriculum, experiential learning, and risk management. One of her published articles on legal issues involving interns was reprinted in the book Student Risk Management published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Dr. Foster received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in physical education and a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Eastern Illinois University.  Her doctorate is from The Ohio State University in Sport Management. Her research has been published in several outlets including the Journal of Sport Management, the Journal of the Legal Aspects of Sport, the International Journal of Sport Management, Sport Business Journal, and Sport Marketing Quarterly. She is currently a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the Legal Aspects of Sport and the International Journal of Sport Management and has served as a guest reviewer for the Sport Management Education Journal. She has also authored ten textbook chapters and served as the Editor/Co-Editor of four publications for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).


Dr. Foster is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Council on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) and is the national faculty representative for NIRSA’s Professional Registry Commission. She has received the Sport and Recreation Law Association’s (SRLA) Honor Award for her commitment to undergraduate legal research and NIRSA’s Outstanding Service Award. She has also received several teaching awards and was awarded Saint Leo University’s Lifetime Publication award.


Finally, she served as the national coach and official’s coordinator for the United States Association for Blind Athletes (USABA) for over ten years and refereed Goalball in the 1992 and 1996 Paralympics.  Her experience with USABA has given her the opportunity to expose students to sport for individuals with physical challenges.