Calvin Nite

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Contact Info
Office: 
Physical Education Building 210-D
Phone: 
940-565-3533
Email: 
Calvin.Nite@unt.edu

Dr. Nite joined the University of North Texas as an Assistant Professor in Spring 2017. He previously held positions at Georgia Southern University and Texas Tech University. He completed his PhD at Texas A&M University in 2011. His research primarily draws from institutional theory and escalation of commitment theory to understand sport organizations and their decision-making processes. Most of his work has been situated within the context of intercollegiate athletics in the U.S.

Refereed Journal Articles

Nite, C. (accepted). Message Framing as Institutional Maintenance: The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Institutional Work of Addressing Legitimate Threats. Sport Management Review, 1-40.

Nite, C., & Bopp, T. (2015). Conflicting prescriptions for ‘ethical’ leadership in complex institutions: Perspectives from U.S. collegiate athletic administrators. Leadership, 1-20. DOI: 10.1177/1742715015605878.

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M., Melton, E. N., & Bouchet, A. (2015). Locating universities within the phases of escalation of commitment to intercollegiate athletics. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 7(1), 87-107.

Hutchinson, M., Nite, C., & Bouchet, A. (2015). Escalation of commitment in United States collegiate athletic departments: An investigation of social and structural determinants of commitment. Journal of Sport Management, 29(1), 57-75.

Nite, C. & Singer, J.N. (2014). ‘We want to develop Christian athletes’: Creating a climate for spiritual development in athletics. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 8(1), 1-18.

Nite, C., Singer, J.N., & Cunningham, G. B. (2013). Addressing competing logics between the mission of a religious university and the demands of intercollegiate athletics. Sport Management Review, 16, 465-476.

Nite, C. & Underwood, S. J. (2013). Integrating geographic information systems (GIS) into sport business research and practice. International Journal of Revenue Management, 7(2), 95-104.

Nite, C., & Singer, J.N. (2013). An examination of sport management doctoral programme research requirements. Educate, 13(2), 24-35.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2012) Qualitative Inquiry: Quality Research for Connecting with and Affecting Change in Sport Populations. Qualitative Research Journal, 12(1), 88-97.

Nite, C. (2012). Challenges for supporting student-athlete development: Perspectives from an NCAA Division II athletic department. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 5, 1-14.

Nite, C. & Bouchet, A. (2011) Trust: The foundation of effective teams. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 26, 278-284.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

Nite, C. (2012). Intercollegiate Athletics. In G. B. Cunningham & J. N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd ed.). Center for Sport Management Research and Education: College Station, TX.

Nite, C., & Hutchinson, M.(2012). Sport and religion. In G. B. Cunningham & J. N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd ed.). Center for Sport Management Research and Education: College Station, TX.

Nite, C. & Hutchinson, M. (2011). Challenges of division II athletic department and student-athlete development. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82(1), A81.

Nite, C. & Bouchet, A. (2011). Escalation of commitment applied to the history of intercollegiate athletics. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82(1), A81.

Nite, C. (2011). San Antonio Spurs. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C. (2011). Texas Rangers. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C. (2011). Dallas Mavericks. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C. (2011). Trash Talk and Celebrations. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C., & Hutchinson, M.(2010). Sport and religion. In G. B. Cunningham & J. N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity. Center for Sport Management Research and Education: College Station, TX.

National and International Presentations

Cohen, A., & Nite, C. (2017). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Challenges of experiential learning in sport management classes. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Denver, CO.

Nite, C., Washington, M., Ige, A. (2016). Always in a fight: The institutional work of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA.

Nite, C., & Washington, M. (2016). Institutional entrepreneurship to avoid change: The NCAA’s institutional maintenance strategies. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Orlando, FL.

Melton, E. N., & Nite, C. (2016). Empowering champions or erecting roadblocks for social change: A multilevel examination of factors that facilitate and inhibit athlete activism. College Sport Research Institute (CSRI), Columbia, SC.

Nite, C., & Washington, M. (2015). From change agent to maintenance agent: The evolution of the NCAA as an institutional entrepreneur. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Ottawa, ON.

Nite, C., & Hutchinson, M. (2015). The framing of O’Bannon v. NCAA: The institutional work of the NCAA. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Ottawa, ON.

Nite, C., Bopp, T., & Powell, C. (2014). Profiling ethical leaders in intercollegiate athletics: Perspectives of athletic administrators. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Pittsburgh, PA. **Graduate Student Collaboration**

Hutchinson, M., Nite, C., & Bouchet, A. (2014). Escalation of commitment in United States collegiate athletic departments: An investigation of social and structural determinants of commitment. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Pittsburgh, PA.

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M., & Melton, E. N. (2014). Locating athletic departments within the four phases of escalation of commitment. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Columbia, SC.

Powell, C., & Nite, C. (2014). A legal examination of the NCAA’s policies regarding athletes’ rights to retain agents. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Columbia, SC. **Graduate Student Collaboration**

Osueke A., & Nite, C. (2014). Examining issues of membership and leverage in non-professional labor unions: Perspectives from college athletes. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Columbia, SC.  **Graduate Student Collaboration**

Lochbaum, M., & Nite, C. (2013). East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood: Explanation, Initial Data, and Search for Cross-Cultural Partners in Understanding Motivation and the Meaning to the Self of Physical Activity Pursuits. Paper presented at the JOINT 7th SELF Biennial International Conference
and ERAS Conference 2013. Singapore.

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M. & Bouchet, A. (2013). Toward predicting escalation of commitment: Normalizing determinants in intercollegiate athletic departments. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Austin, TX.

Hutchinson, M., Bouchet, A., & Nite, C. (2013). Organizational redirection in intercollegiate athletics: Resultant factors of de-escalation of commitment. NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics. Grapevine, TX.

Hall, T., Jones, C., & Nite, C. (2013). Creating value at a free sporting event: More than price? Global Sport Business Association (GSBA). Miami, FL.

Jones, C., Hall, T., & Nite, C. (2012). Examination of service quality expectations for a free sport event. Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow (SEVT). Columbia, SC.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2012). Spirituality: Considering a fourth dimension of intercollegiate athlete development. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS). New Orleans, LA.

Hutchinson, M., Bennett, G., & Nite, C. (2012). University brand building in sport: Core value implementation within an intercollegiate athletics department. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Chapel Hill, NC.

Nite, C. & Singer, J.N. (2012).  Managing competing logics within an NCAA Division II athletic department. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Chapel Hill, NC.

Dixon, D. & Nite, C. (2012). The legality and feasibility of compensating student-athletes. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Chapel Hill, NC. **Student collaboration**

Nite, C. (2012). The have-nots: Pragmatic strategies for addressing academic development. NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics. Indianapolis, IN.

Nite, C. & Balloulli, K. (2011). Brand Imagery and Athletes: Examining the Reinforcement of Stereotypes. Presented at North American Society for Sport Management Conference (NASSM) London, Ontario.

Nite, C. & Bouchet. A. (2011). Escalation of Commitment Applied to the History of Intercollegiate Athletics. Presented at American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 2011 National Convention & Exposition, San Diego, CA.

Nite, C. & Hutchinson, M. (2011). Challenges of Division II Athletic Departments and Student-Athlete Development.Presented at American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 2011 National Convention & Exposition, San Diego, CA.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2010). Qualitative research: Quality research that bridges the gap between scholars and sport populations. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference, Tampa, FL.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2010). An examination of sport management doctoral program research requirements.  Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference, Tampa, FL.

Funding and Outreach

Paw-a-thon 5k (2016) – Fundraising even organized and implemented by SPMT 5324 & 5329 classes. Benefitted sport management program initiatives and the Haven Animal Shelter.

Drive Against Domestic Violence golf tournament (2016) – Fundraising even organized and implemented by SPMT 5324 & 5329 classes. Benefitted sport management program initiatives and Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.

Nite, C. (2015). Incremental change as an institutional maintenance strategy: A histiography of the NCAA’s changes in governance of intercollegiate athletics. Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant.

Nite, C., Melton, E. N., & Cohen, A. S. (2015). Champions for social change: Examining how athletes influence perceptions of inclusion. Texas Tech University Scholarship Catalyst Program.

Fun & Fit Bash Spring 2015 – Event organized and executed by ESS 4355 class

Fun & Fit Bash 2014 – Event organized and executed by ESS 5329 class

Drive Against Domestic Violence Classic golf tournament (2014) – Fundraising event organized by the TTU Sport Management program (Professors and students from four different classes). Benefitted sport management program initiatives and Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.

Fun & Fit Bash 2013 – Event organized and executed by ESS 5329 class

Carol of Lights Run 2013 – Organized the participation of children from an ELPN sponsored after school program

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M., & Bouchet, A. (2012). Toward predicting escalation of commitment in intercollegiate athletics: Normalizing determinants in athletic departments. Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant.

Nite, C.(2010). Department of Health and Kinesiology Graduate Student Research Grant. Texas A&M University.

Awards and Recognition

Teacher of the Year in Sport Management – Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University (2011)