High profile Waterford Institute of Technology graduate DR Connors joins the ranks of lecturers in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science
The Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Noel Connors to its academic staff.
Speaking about the appointment, Head of Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Dr Michael Harrison, said “Dr Connors will be a great asset to us in further developing our Recreation and Sports Management programme which strives to educate students for careers in sports management as well as recreation management. His sporting connections with national organisations including the GAA and GPA will be of immense benefit to the students in terms of additional insights and also opening doors”.
Dr Connors who completed a PhD in Organisation studies, title: “Glimpsing the alternative: An anthropological exploration of the GAA as an alternative organisation" and is a graduate of WIT where he also completed a BBS Hons Degree and a Masters in Management. Speaking about his appointment Dr Connors said
"I am excited by the new challenge - the world of sport, sports management, sports business and all things organisation is a constantly evolving and changing space. We are in an interesting time when we think of strategy, corporate social responsibility, places and spaces."
Three time all-star Dr Connors, has played 11 years with the Waterford hurlers - winning league and Munster titles in 2010 and 2015 respectively, represented Munster for five years winning two Railway cups, donned the Irish jersey twice in the annual Shinty-hurling international and captaining Waterford in 2019. When asked about this practical experience of playing at elite level and its relevance to the class setting, Dr Connors suggested it is a fundamental requirement "The practical exposure allows you to provide real life examples of your own experience, offering up class discussion and at times debates, which is brilliant."
Dr Harrison also emphasised the role Dr Connors will play in driving sports business-related research in the Department: “We are already planning Dr Connor’s involvement in ongoing sports research related to sports governance with additional grant applications in the planning stages. The Department has over 20 research postgraduate students currently and this is expected to grow considerably over the next 3 years “