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Dr. James Hagler Jr - DPA, MSS

James Hagler Jr

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Services

Phone: 478.934.7364

  • Cochran - Wiggs Hall - 4
    Phone: 478-934-7364
Office Hours: Spring 2024 Office Hours:
Monday 10am-11am and 1230pm-5pm
Tuesday 2pm-430pm
Other times by appointment
Biography: James began as Assistant Professor for Sport Management on August 1, 2019 after over 9 years with the institution in Athletics and Recreation. James joined Middle Georgia State University in March of 2010 as the Director of Recreation and Wellness and joined Athletics in 2013 and moved his office to Cochran. In his time with the institution, he has overseen the design and development of the Recreation & Wellness Center on the Macon campus and worked on the committee to move the athletic program from NJCAA to NAIA. He has overseen all game operations, sports information, website, social media, recreation & wellness professional staff, and club sports. James has worked in the start up of both the NCFA Football program and the IHSA Equestrian program. James completed his Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) with a concentration in Sport Management at Valdosta State University. His dissertation topic is Consolidation in the University System of Georgia and was successfully defended on 10/28/21.
Courses: Spring 2023
Monday 11am-1215pm – SMGT 2000 – Morris 3 (1st Session)
Tuesday 11am-12:15pm – SMGT 4020 – Morris 3
Tuesday 1230pm-145pm - SMGT 4030 – Morris 3
Internship SMGT 4605
MGMT 4505
SMGT 2400 (2nd session)
SMGT 4040 (2nd session)
SMGT 4050 (1st session)
SMGT 6010 (2nd session)
Education: Doctorate of Public Administration, Valdosta State University, completed October 2021
24 Hours complete in Ed.D. in Sports Management Leadership at United States Sports Academy
Masters of Sports Science, Sports Management with emphasis in NCAA Compliance, United States Sports Academy, 2009
Masters of Sports Science, Sports Coaching, United States Sports Academy, 2009
Bachelors of Business Administration, Business Management, Columbus State University, 2007
CV: 8/1/19-Present - Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Middle Georgia State University
3/15/10-7/31/19 - Associate Director of Athletics, Middle Georgia State University
(3/15/10-1/5/13 - Director of Recreation & Wellness, Macon State College)
14 months during the period spent as Interim Director of Athletics
2/1/09-2/28/10 - Substitute Teacher, Marion County School District, GA
2/15/09-3/14/10 - Director of Operations, Doug Blevins Kicking & Punting School
11/1/07-1/31/09 - District Sales Coordinator, Aflac, FL
10/29/01-10/31/07 - Customer Service Specialist, Aflac, GA
Professional Experience: Middle Georgia State University
3 Years as Director of Recreation & Wellness
6 Years 5 Months as Associate Director of Athletics & Recreation
14 months as Interim Director of Athletics in 2 stints

9 Years in insurance industry in multiple roles
6 Years as Tennis League Director with World Team Tennis
13 Years as Adjunct Faculty at two institutions
Professional Affiliations: United States Sports Academy (USSA) Alumni Association
NIRSA - National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (2010-2018)
NASSM - North American Society for Sport Management (2007-Present)

Organizations: Cochran Lodge No. 217 F&AM, Cochran, GA.
Al Sihah Shriners, Macon, GA
Scottish Rite of Middle Georgia
Awards and Honors: Southern States Athletic Conference All Faculty Team, 2021-22
Middle Georgia State University Student Affairs Unsung Hero Award - 2019
Valdosta State University Honor Society

Publications: Dissertation: 10/28/2021 - A Success Story? An Exploration of the Consolidation Efforts in the University System of Georgia. https://vtext.valdosta.edu/xmlui/handle/10428/5195
Presentation at Valdosta State Research Symposium: https://youtu.be/qII2rpf1toc

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