Mary Graham

Professor, Faculty Athletic Representative

Dr. Mary E. Graham joined Falk College as Professor of Sport Management in 2012. She teaches courses in research methods, managing the sport organization, human resource management and organizational behavior at the undergraduate, MBA and executive levels. Previously, Graham held faculty positions at Clarkson University, George Washington University, and Georgia State University. Dr. Graham researches human resource management in supply chains, gender-related employment disparities, and workforce diversity. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Organization Science, and Organizational Research Methods. She is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal Human Resource Management (Wiley), where she previously server as an Associate Editor. Dr. Graham has served as a visiting scholar at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Central University in Taiwan, and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Her professional memberships include the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, Dr. Graham is a certified facilitator for the national American Association of University Women Start Smart program on salary negotiations. Currently, Dr. Graham is researching the effects of HR structure on gender diversity in management, and HR practices in manufacturing firms. Dr. Graham served as a Syracuse University Provost’s Faculty Fellow from 2018-2020, where she worked closely with SU’s Faculty Senate to develop and implement campus-wide shared competencies for undergraduate students. Previous to earning her Ph.D. at Cornell University, Dr. Graham obtained her CPA as a tax and audit accountant for a public accounting firm based in Rochester, NY. She also worked as a legislative aide for several members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Graham received her undergraduate degree in accounting from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, where she played on the women’s soccer team.


Ph.D., Industrial and Labor Relations, with concentrations in Human Resource Studies and Organizational Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

M.S., Industrial Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.S., Accounting, cum laude, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY


SPM 200 - Race, Gender, and Diversity in Sport Organizations

SPM 225 - Managing the Sport Organization

SPM 295 - Research Methodology

SPM 645 - Strategic Management of People in Sport