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Syracuse University Falk College
313 MacNaughton Hall
Syracuse, New York  13244




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 295 - Research Methodology

SPM 645 - Strategic Management of People in Sport

SPM 225 - Managing the Sport Organization

Mary Graham

Ph.D. Professor

Dr. Mary E. Graham joined the Falk College as Professor of Sport Management in Fall 2012 and received tenure in May 2013. Previously, she was Professor of Organizational Studies in the School of Business at Clarkson University, where she was a Newell faculty fellow for seven years. Dr. Graham teaches courses in human resource management and organizational behavior at the undergraduate, MBA and executive levels. Previously, Graham held faculty positions at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

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, 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).

Her professional memberships include the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. In addition, Dr. Graham is a certified facilitator for the national Start Smart program, which trains and educates women in salary negotiations. Currently, Dr. Graham is researching the effects of HR structure on gender diversity in management. In addition to teaching undergraduate Research Methods and graduate Strategic Management of People in Sport courses to SPM students, Dr. Graham has facilitated strategic planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Previous to earning her Ph.D. at Cornell University, Dr. Graham obtained her CPA working 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 from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, where she played on the women’s soccer team.