Publication Date

Spring 2017

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Evelyn Oregon (Director), Lacee’ Carmon-Johnson, Lauren McCoy and Brad Stinnett

Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


Diversity efforts implemented by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hope to improve the Association through the addition of multiple voices in athletics. Notably, the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) designation is intended to encourage and promote the involvement of female administrators in meaningful ways in the decision-making process in intercollegiate athletics. This role, created under Article 4.02.4 of the NCAA constitution, is to be filled by the highest ranking female in each NCAA athletic department or member conference (Levick, 2002; Raphaely, 2003). Given the evolving definition and nature of the SWA designation and of female managerial roles (Eagly & Karau, 2002), there exists a question as to whether the SWA designation has provided the scope of decision-making and authority suggested in the NCAA definition of the designation. Research must show if SWAs are able to use their power and give different opinions. It must also uncover if there is still a need for the SWA role and if the title is still appropriate for this designation.


Kinesiology | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Sports Studies