Jeb Gorham, Ph.D.

assistant professor, the mccormick division of business

Everett Mansion 361
jgorham@svc.edu
802-447-6382

Assistant Professor Jebediah Gorham, Ph.D., joined the McCormick Division of Business faculty at SVC as head of the Sports Management program, after moving east from Colorado, where he worked in the sports/fitness, health and wellness fields for over ten years.

Professor Gorham believes in the power of a liberal arts undergraduate education in shaping one’s future. In his own education, Gorham was provided learning opportunities by exceptional faculty. Gorham started on his own learning pathway as a Biology major with a minor in Physical Education/Coaching at Skidmore College, received his master’s degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Physiology the University of Maryland and then earned his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Sports Administration with a minor in Statistics and Research Methods.

Gorham believes that a passion should drive one’s work and life. If there is one theme that transcends his career as a high-level athlete – as a nationally ranked short track speed skater, industry professional and teacher, it is that he is not only an educator and coach, but also a continually curious student. As a director of wellness and education programs at several fitness centers, including the  University of Northern Colorado, Gorham’s focus was on learning about his clients, sales, marketing and industry trends.

In the classroom, he wants to understand his students’ passions for why they are studying sports management, business and how best to teach each individual student. Gorham’s goal is to provide students with clarity and consistency in achieving excellence in their education. To Gorham, this means creating an open dialogue about each student’s education, supported by their ability to develop critical thinking and life-long learning skills. Gorham likes to provide his students with real life scenarios and incorporate them into practical dialogue and assignments, to prepare them for industry positions.

Education

  • Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sport Administration, Minor in Statistics and Research Methods, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.A., Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A., Biology, Minor in Physical Education - Coaching, Skidmore College

Courses taught

  • Organization Management
  • Sports Management
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Issues and Ethics in Sports Management
  • Legal Aspects of Sports and Recreation 

academic Research/interests

Organizational culture and effectiveness
Legal aspects of sports and recreation
Integration of health, fitness and wellness into sports business 

areas of expertise

Sports Management and Administration
Health, Fitness and Wellness Integration
Industry Relations
Personnel Management
Organizational Behavior
Marketing and Branding

Why I teach

Throughout my own education and professional experiences, I have worked with exceptional faculty and business mentors. My objective is to provide students with an environment within which they can learn to create and appreciate their own unique educational and professional path to success.

Favorite Book

Swoosh: The Unauthorized Story of Nike and the Men Who Played There
On a lighter side and because I have young children, I really enjoy Dr. Seuss.

Favorite film

I prefer to watch The Food Network (Chopped), Iron Chef, No Reservations and HGTV (DIY shows are great).

Best part of being at SVC

I not only have the opportunity to teach classes and mentor students in Business and Sports Management, but also support athletics and student-athletes as SVC's Faculty Athletics Representative.

highlight

November 2013 - Professor Gorham was named a Rising Star for 2013, a recognition sponsored by the Vermont Business Magazine. He received the Rising Star award, along with 39 young professionals, on November 7 at Double Tree Hotel in South Burlington.

November 4-6, 2013 - In San Diego, CA, Professor Jeb Gorham and Provost Al DeCiccio became the first SVC presenters at the Annual National Symposium on Student Retention, sponsored by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Gorham's presentation was entitled "A Multi-Dimensional Framework for Retention:  Service-Learning and Community-Focused Laboratory Learning Enhanced Through Student-Centered, Self-Directed Teamwork." Provost DeCiccio's presentation was entitled "A&P Stretch:  Transforming a Gatekeeper Course Into a Gateway Course to Improve Retention of First-Year, First-Time Students."

March 2013- Named to Board of Trustees to Village School of North Bennington, VT