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Faculty/Staff Detail

Genevieve Birren


Genevieve F.E. Birren, Esq. is an Associate Professor in the Sport Management Department at SUNY Cortland. Prior to coming to Cortland, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Memphis, interned in operations at Major League Soccer, worked in sports information at the Division I level, and also worked as a legal research assistant.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate sport finance, undergraduate facility management, undergraduate event management, undergraduate sport law, undergraduate international sport culture and society, graduate international sport law, and graduate research methods.  She has also overseen internships and projects for both graduate and undergraduate students. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Prof. Birren has served as the Department’s Graduate Coordinator since 2012 and as an advisor to graduate students since her arrival at Cortland.  She has also served as a member and chair of numerous department, school, and university committees. 

Prof. Birren has received a number of awards and honors during her academic career, including the Martin J. Greenberg Award for the Excellence in the Study of Sports Law and the Carl Scheer Award for Best Venue Paper while at Marquette Law School, where she served on the Law Review Board for two years. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Bar and the Sport and Recreation Law Association.

Education

ABD from the University of New Mexico. Dissertation title: “An Analysis of the Results of Court of Arbitration for Sport Doping Awards involving Athletes between 1994 and 2008.”

Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School (certificate earned in Sport Law) in 2004.

Master’s of Science in Sports Business (focus in Finance and Development) from New York University, 2006.

Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.

Teaching

Undergraduate courses taught

SPM 227 – Stadium and Arena Management
SPM 255 – Event Management
SPM 275 – Foundations of Sport Management
SPM 373 – Sport Law and Organization (multiple sections in fall and spring semesters)
SPM 499 – Special Study in Sport Management 

Graduate Courses

SPM 666 – Business and Finance of Sport (online and in-person)
SPM 668 – International Business and Finance of Sport
SPM 650 – Research Methods in Sports Management
SPM 675 – International Sport Law
SPM 682 – Independent Study in Sport Management
SPM 685 – Internship/Master’s Project
SPM 686Masters Thesis

Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Lubisco, R. & Birren, G.F.E. (Forthcoming 2017). The case of the iPhone. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. (Accepted).

Lubisco, R. & Birren, G.F.E. (Forthcoming 2017). The S.M.A.R.T strategy to recruiting and retaining high school coaches. Strategies. (Accepted).

Traschler, T. & Birren, G.F.E. (2015). Implications of drug testing cheerleaders. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 87(1), 21-24.

Lubisco, R. & Birren, G.F.E. (2015). Limits on schools’ ability to regulate off-campus student conduct. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 86(7), 46-47.

Birren, G.F.E. (2014). A brief history of sport labor stoppages. DePaul Journal of Sport Law & Contemporary Issues, 10(1), 1-29. 

Birren, G.F.E. and Fransen, J.C. (2008), The body and the law: How physiological and legal obstacles combine to create barriers to accurate drug testing. Marquette Sports Law Review, 19(1), 253-289.

Birren, G.F.E. (2006). Canada meets the U.S. on the legal playing field of multinational sports leagues. International Association of Sport Lawyers: Pandetkis, 6(3-4), 339-360.

Birren, G.F.E. (2004). NFL v. Sherman Act: How the NFL’s ban on public ownership violates the federal antitrust laws. Sport Lawyers Journal, 11(1), 121-139.

Book Chapters and Monographs

Birren, G.F.E. (2015). U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. In Sport leadership: A reference guide (Dodds, M. & Reese, J.T., Eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media.

Birren, G.F.E. (2015). World Anti-Doping Agency. In Sport leadership: A reference guide (Dodds, M. & Reese, J.T., Eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media.

Birren, G.F.E. (2012). NFL v. Sherman Act: How the NFL’s ban on public ownership violates the federal antitrust laws. In The business of sports (2nd ed.) (Rosner, S.R. & Shropshire, K.L., Eds.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Birren, G.F.E. (2011). Public/private facility financing. In Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Swayne, L.E. and Dodds, M., Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

 (2011). Ownership of professional sport teams. In Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Swayne, L.E. and Dodds, M., Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Service

SUNY Cortland university-wide
Faculty Justice for the Student Conduct Office (2015-present)
Student Affairs Committee (2014-present)
Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice board member (2013-present)
Academic Grievance Tribunal Consultative Pool (2012-2014); Chair (2014)
Teacher Education Candidate Review Committee (Spring-Summer 2014)
SUNY Cortland School of Professional Studies
Curriculum Committee (2014-2015)
SUNY Cortland Sport Management Department
Graduate Advisory Committee (2011-present); Chair (2012 - present)
Graduate Coordinator (2012- present)
Personnel Committee (2012-2014; Chair 2015-present)
Curriculum Committee (2011-2014; 2015-present)
Internship Review Committee (2015-present; Chair 2015-present)
Assistant Professor Search Committee (2012-2013; 2013-2014; Chair 2014-2015; Chair 2016-2017)
COSMA Accreditation Committee (2016-present)
Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee (2016)
Ad Hoc Personnel Policies and Procedures Committee (Spring 2015)
Department Chair Search Committee (2011-2012)
Industry and Professional
Sport and Recreation Law Association, Member (2009-2013), served as Student Representative on Board in 2009-2010
Wisconsin State Bar, Member, 2004-2007, Inactive Member 2007-present 

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