Karen Danylchuk, EdD


Room 3199 A.6, TH
519 661-2111 x088380
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  • EdD (University of Toronto)
  • MA (Western University)
  • BPE (McMaster University)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Kinesiology - Management and Leadership MA | PhD

Research In Profile

Karen Danylchuk’s research areas include the following: (a) sport marketing, (b) internationalization in education and sport management, (c) women’s representation and participation in sport, and (d) leadership. She has served as an advisor of numerous graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels. Professor Danylchuk has published extensively in a variety of international journals and has presented her research globally. She has delivered keynotes at numerous scientific conferences, including Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Colombia, Spain, Ireland, Argentina, Macao, Cuba, Iran, and Brazil.

Featured Publications and Projects


  • Kluka, D., Goslin, A., Lopez de D’Amico, R., & Danylchuk, K. (Eds.). (2020). Managing sport across borders. Routledge. 

Chapters and Reports

  • Lebel, K., & Danylchuk, K. (2018). Twitter and Tennis. In Osborne, C., Lake, R., & Wagg. S. (Eds.), Cultural and Political Aspects of Tennis. Routledge.
  • Baker, R., Danylchuk, K., Gillentine, A., Jonson, P., Pitts, B., & Zhang, J. (2017). Internationalized sport management education: Bridging the gaps. In B. Pitts, & J. Zhang (Eds.), Global sport management: Contemporary issues and inquiries (pp. 18-37). New York, NY: Routledge.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Danylchuk, K., Weese, Z., & Paradis, K. (2020). Character in leadership: Perceptions of intercollegiate athletics administrators. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 14(3), 191-209. ISSN: 1554-9933.
  • Riggin, B., Danylchuk, K., Gill, D., & Petrella, R. (2019).
    Social impact of a corporate social responsibility initiative. Sport, Business and Management, 9(4), 344-362. doi: 10.1108/SBM-10-2018-0094.
  • Blunt, W., Gill, D. P., Sibbald, S. L., Riggin, B., Pulford, R. W., Scott, R., Danylchuk, K., Gray, C. M., Wyke, S., Bunn, C., Petrella, R. (2017). Optimization of the Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) weight loss and healthy lifestyle program for male hockey fans. BMC Public Health, 17(1). doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4926-z, PUBH-D-17-02655R1.
  • Danylchuk, K., & Grbac, D. (2016). International student-athletes in Canadian Interuniversity Sport: Motivations and experiences. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 9(1), 50-72. 

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Petrella, R. (PI), Co-Apps (Indep. Researchers): D Battram, J Carroll, K Danylchuk, A Gavarkovs, D Gill, J Irwin, J Marsh, B Riggin, S Sibbald, S Stranges, C Tudor-Locke, G Zou, M Zwarenstein; Co-Apps (Knowledge Users): M Ackerman, A Flego, A Gill, J Kyle. CIHR Project Grant. (2018-23). Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT): A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial of a gender-sensitized weight loss and healthy lifestyle program for men who are overweight or obese. $948,600.

Featured Graduate Student Projects

Leader character development impact on athletic performance.

  • Crossan, Corey (2022). PhD, School of Kinesiology.

Social and organizational value in sport: A shared value perspective of a men’s health initiative.

  • Riggin, Brendan (2018). PhD, School of Kinesiology.

Professional athlete self-presentation on Twitter.

  • Lebel, Katie (2013). PhD, School of Kinesiology.

Continued sport participation and the negotiation of constraints.

  • Wood, Laura (2011). PhD, School of Kinesiology.

Character in leadership: Perceptions of Canadian intercollegiate athletics leaders.

  • Weese, Zachary (2017). MA, School of Kinesiology.

Visit Scholarship@Western for a list of completed student theses and dissertations in the repository.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Professor Danylchuk will no longer be accepting any new graduate students, but she may be contacted at karendan@uwo.ca.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Acting Director, School of Kinesiology, 2022-23
  • Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs), Faculty of Health Sciences, 2016-21
  • Sport Management at Western
  • North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)
  • World Association for Sport Management (WASM)


  • 2014 Women’s Athletic Alumnae Award inductee, Western University
  • 2010 Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award, North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)
  • 2007 Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award, North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)
  • 2006 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, McMaster University
  • 2001 Research Fellow (Inaugural group), North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)

Professional Activities

  • President and Founder, World Association for Sport Management (WASM), 2016-present
  • Assistant Coach, Canadian Women’s Golf Team, World University Golf Championships (FISU), South Africa, 2008
  • President, North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), 2000-01
  • Founder, Asian Association for Sport Management (AASM), 2001
  • Assistant Chef Administration, Team Canada, World University Games (Universiade), Sicily, Italy, 1997