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Jonathan Casper

Associate Professor

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3028J



Jonathan Casper is an Associate Professor and Sport Management Program Coordinator in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Casper is an internationally recognized researcher on sport and the natural environment. His research seeks to help sport organizations integrate sustainability efforts into organizational operations, marketing, and fan engagement. His expertise lies in leveraging sport events as informal educational settings (or platforms) and influencing sustainable behavior change. He has worked extensively with collegiate athletic departments, professional sport teams, and corporate sponsors on implementation and evaluation strategic sustainability efforts.

Dr. Casper has an additional research line related to sport participation and health. His work focuses on the psychological factors associated with sport participation and how these factors relate to recruitment and retention of sport participants. His work informs marketing and administrators in the sport industry and ultimately contributes to improved human health through continued sport participation. Through his research and consultation, he has worked with local (e.g. Public Schools, Raleigh Park and Recreation) to international stakeholders (International Tennis Federation).

Dr. Casper has published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals specific to sport and sustainability and participation and presented his findings at international conferences. Most recently he published an edited text titled “Sport Management and the Natural Environment: Theory and Practice” which is a seminal textbook on this emerging field. He has received external funding for his work on sustainability education and engagement and serves as a consultant for marketing sustainability and health.


University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.  Ph.D. 2004

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.  M.A.  2001

Pitzer College, Claremont, California.  B.A. 1995

Recent Courses Taught

PRT 475 Internship in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

PRT 476 Sport Marketing

PRT 507 Strategic Marketing Management in Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Sport

Recent Presentations

Casper, J. M., (2016). Health Air & Healthy Sport: Air Pollution Associated with Sport Operations. Panel Moderator. Green Sport Alliance Summit: Houston, TX.

Bunds, K., Casper, J., Frey, C. (2016). Major event air pollution monitoring. NC BREATHE conference, Charlotte, NC.

Casper, J.M., (2016). Sport and Environmental Sustainability: The Impact on Society and Health. Seventh International Conference on Sport & Society: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

Bunds, K.S., Newman, J.I., Kellison, T.B., & Casper, J.M. (2015). Fractured environment(s): A critical examination of hydraulic fracturing and sport. To be presented at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Sante Fe, NM.

Sayre-McCord, R., Edwards, M., Bocarro, J., & Casper, J. (2015). The impact of childhood sport participation on adulthood sport participation in former Division I athletes. European Association of Sport Management Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Casper, J., Pfahl, M., & Newport, D. (2015) Is “going green” worth it? Assessing fan engagement and perceptions of athletic department environmental efforts. North American Society for Sport Management Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

Casper, J. M, & Pfahl, M. E. (2014, June). It takes as campus to make sustainability sports happen (Campus integration perspectives from athletics and campus recreation). Collegiate Sports and Sustainability Summit, Boulder, CO.

Casper, J. M., Pfahl, M. E., McCullough, B. P. (2013, October). Engaging fans in intercollegiate sustainability efforts. Annual Sport Marketing Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Recent Publications

Casper, J. M., Pfahl, M.E., McCullough, B. P. (In Press). Is going green worth it? Assessing fan engagement and perceptions of athletic department environmental efforts. Journal of Applied Sport Management.

Okayasu, I., Nogawa, H., Casper, J. & Morais, D. (2016). Recreational Sporting Event Participant Attitudes and Satisfaction: Cross cultural Comparisons between Japanese and the United Sates marathoners. Managing Sport and Leisure, 3(1), 164-180.

Jeon, J. H. & Casper, J. M. (2016). Psychological antecedents Recent of youth versus adult participation: An examination based on the Sport Commitment Model Journal of Amateur Sport, 2 (2), 103-125.

Casper, J. M. & Pfahl, M. E. (2015). Athletics department personnel and the natural environment: A study of sustainability practices in Division III athletics departments. International Journal of Event Management Research, 10(1), 12-36.


NC State Green Brick Award, Campus Environmental Sustainability, 2012

Outstanding Advisor of the Year, College of Natural Resources, NC State, 2006


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