John Borland, Springfield College
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., 2008
  • Master of Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., 2003
  • Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo., 1992

Borland has taught sport management courses for the past 14 years at three different colleges and has published a sport leadership book as the lead editor. The second edition of that book was released in early 2019. Before earning a PhD in sport management with a concentration in sociology, he was in journalism for nine years, working as a copy editor at three different newspapers. Borland ended that "first career" at the renowned San Jose Mercury News in California in 2001.

Research Interests

  • Social justice
  • Race and gender in sport
  • Media and communication

Courses Taught

  • Event Management and Promotions
  • Communication in Sport and Recreation
  • Venue and Personnel Management
  • Internship in Sport and Recreation
  • Social Issues and Policy in Sport Organizations


Borland, J.F. Resonating with Business Audiences through Creative Communication. Presented at the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Conference. Jacksonville, FL. February 2018.

Tucker, D.L. Borland, J.F., Spinda, J., Hartman, K.L., & Randall-Griffiths, D. Casing sport communication. Presented at the International Association for Communication and Sport Summit 2016. Grand Rapids, MI. March 2016.

Borland, J.F., Dane-Staples, E., Mather, M., Kane, G.,& Gentile, D. Sharing knowledge and celebrating achievements at teaching institutions with sport management programs. Workshop presented at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 2015.

Welty-Peachey & Borland, J.F. Planning for spontaneity: Achieving communitas at a sport-for-development event. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference. Austin, TX. June 2013.

Bruening, J.E., Clark, B. & Borland, J.F. Opportunities to engage: Female student-athletes reflect on mentors, mentoring, and community involvement. Presented at The Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum. Louisville, KY. March 2013.


Borland, J.F., & Cho, S. (2019). Leadership and Motivation. In L.J. Burton, G.M. Kane, & J.F. Borland (Eds.), Sport leadership in the 21st century (2nd ed). Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Burton, L.J., Kane, G.M., & Borland, J.F. (2nd ed.) (2019). Sport leadership in the 21st century, second edition. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Borland, J.F. (2018). A League on Its Own: Major League Soccer’s Decision to Ignore Calls to Move to a European Model. Accepted by Sage Business Cases in January 2018.

Borland, J.F. (2016). History or hubris? A college golf program reaches a crossroads. In D.L. Tucker & J.S. Wrench (Eds.), Casing sport communication. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Welty-Peachey, J. Borland, J.F., Cohen, A., & Lobpries, J. (2015). Leveraging social capital at a sport-for-development event. Sport Management Review, 18(1), 86-98.

Borland, J.F., Kane, G.M., & Burton, L.J. (1st ed.) (2014). Sport leadership in the 21st century. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Borland, J.F., & Cho, S. (2014). Positioning the organization through branding. In J.F. Borland, G.M. Kane, & L.J. Burton (Eds.), Sport leadership in the 21st century. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Welty Peachey, J., Cohen, A., Borland, J.F., & Lyras, A. (2013). Exploring the initial motivations of individuals to volunteer with a sport-for-homeless initiative. International Journal of Sport Management, 14(1), 103-122.

Welty-Peachey, J., Borland, J.F., Cohen, A., & Lyras, A. (2013). Street Soccer USA Cup: Preliminary findings of a sport-for-homeless intervention. ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, 8(1), 3-11.

Welty-Peachey, J., Cohen, A., Borland, J.F., & Lyras, A. (2013). Building social capital: Examining the impact of Street Soccer USA on its volunteers. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 48(1), 20-37.