Sport Studies Faculty
Karen Collins, Ph.D.
Option Coordinator, Associate Professor
Karen Collins, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Athletic Administration, Principles of
Coaching, Social Issues in Sport) joined the UNH faculty in the fall of 2002. She
earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (2002) with a
specialization in Sport Psychology. Her research focuses primarily on social issues in
coaching and coaching education. She was a former collegiate coach at Princeton
University, UNH and Dartmouth College. Additionally, Dr. Collins has worked as a
developmental program administrator for the USFHA. Dr. Collins brings the combination
of her academic preparation in sport psychology with a great deal of sport experience
to the Sport Studies Program at UNH.
Stephen Hardy, Ph.D.
Stephen Hardy, Ph.D., is Professor of Kinesiology and Affiliate Professor of History. At
UNH since 1988, he served as Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA from 1997-2011.
In 2003-2004, he served as Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. He is a founder
of the Charles Holt Archives of American Hockey, which are located at UNH’s Dimond Library.
Over three decades, he has taught courses in sport marketing, athletic administration, and
sport history, including an inquiry course for first-year students entitled “Coolest Game? Hockey
and History.” His publications include How Boston Played (1982, 2003), Sport Marketing (1993,
2000, 2007), and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic presses. In 1997,
he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He has
won college and university awards for excellence in research and teaching.
Heather Barber, Ph.D.
Heather Barber, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Sport Psychology, Research Methods)
joined the UNH faculty in 1993. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon
(1992). Dr. Barber specializes in sport psychology and her research centers on
motivation, and girls and women s participation in sport. An AAASP certified consultant,
member of the USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists, team psychologists for various
UNH sports teams and a former coach at Wellesley College, Dr. Barber brings a wealth
of experience in sport psychology to the graduate program.
Tim Ashwell, Ph.D.
Tim Ashwell, Ph.D., Sr. Lecturer (Sport History, Media Relations, Sport Industry) has
taught at UNH since 1998. He earned his doctorate in Twentieth Century U.S. political
history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1994 and previously taught in
the history and sport management programs at UMass and the sport management
program at Iowa State University. Ashwell was a print and broadcast journalist and
radio and television sports broadcaster in Massachusetts and Virginia before turning
to teaching and is active in media relations and new media in New Hampshire.
Scott Taylor, president of the Taylor Research & Consulting Group of Portsmouth,
is a leader in providing qualitative and quantitative opinion and market research
services to business organizations around the world. The Taylor Group is known for
combining rigorous data analysis with cutting edge management techniques and
counts among its clients Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the
National Basketball Association and ESPN. Dr. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in political science
from Rutgers where he was associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics
Center for Survey Research. He was also affiliated with the Lou Harris polling organization
and taught at Clark University while serving as associate director of Clark’s Public Affairs
Peter Carlisle is the Director of Octagon's Action Sports and Olympics Division, overseeing contract negotiating and
endorsement opportunities. Carlisle represents many of the leading action sports/Olympic athletes, including 2002
Winter Olympic snowboarding gold medalists Kelly Clark and Ross Powers, silver medalist Danny Kass and bronze medalist
Chris Klug. Outside of snowboarding, Carlisle represents freestyle skier Hannah Hardaway, kayaker Eric Jackson, mountain
biker Tara Llanes, swimmers Lenny Krayzelburg and Michael Phelps, and skateboarder Biker Sherlock. On the marketing
front, Carlisle has created national partnerships for his clients with corporations like Coca- Cola, Gateway, AT&T, Office
Depot, Nokia, and Dannon. In 1997, he created Carlisle Sports Management, a sports agency specifically focused on
the representation of action sports athletes. The company merged with Octagon in 2001. A graduate of Bates College,
Carlisle participated in both varsity tennis and hockey. He later attended law school at the University of Maine, where he
earned his J.D. Upon graduation, he started work in a traditional law firm. He remains of counsel to the law firm of Preti,
Flaherty, Beliveau, Pachios and Haley. Recognized as a leading sports marketing expert in the industry, Carlisle has appeared
on NBC's “Today Show”, MSNBC's “News with Brian Williams” and CNBC. He is interviewed often in the Wall Street Journal,
USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and SportsBusiness Journal.