Dr. Landon Huffman

Professor of Sport and Fitness Leadership
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B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science: Sports Administration (University of North Carolina)
M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science (University of North Carolina)
Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies (University of Tennessee)

Affiliated Scholar, University of Tennessee Center for the Study of Sport and Religion

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Sport, Peace, & Society at University of Tennessee

Member, Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Studies

Articles: Cooper, C. G., & Huffman, L. T. (2013). Building brand with the basics: The use of college-choice factors to recruit student-athletes in men’s wrestling. International Journal of Sport Management, 14(1), 1-15.

Cooper, C. G., Huffman, L. T., & Weight, E. (2011). Encouraging “Best Fit” principles: Investigating college-choice factors of student-athletes in NCAA Division I, II, and III men’s wrestling. Theories and Applications, The International Edition, 1(1) 92-106.

Hardin, R., Cooper, C. G., & Huffman, L. T. (2013). Moving on up: NCAA Division I athletic directors’ career experiences. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 5(3), 55-79.

Huffman, L. T. (2018). Coach Small Religious Protection Act: Public Employee or Private Citizen? Sports Litigation Alert, 15(6) as well as cross-posted in Legal Issues in High School Athletics.

Huffman, L. T. (2020). Double-edged sword: Cambridge Christian School v. Florida High School Athletic Association. Sports Litigation Alert, 17(4) as well as cross-posted in Legal Issues in High School Athletics.

Huffman, L. T., & Cooper, C. G. (2012). I’m taking my talents to…An examination of hometown socio-economic status on the college-choice factors of football student-athletes at a southeastern university. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 5, 225-246.

Huffman, L. T., & Goodman, E. (2016). Striving together: A call for redemptive sport competition. The Other Journal, 26.

Huffman, L. T., Mirabito, T., & Hardin, R. (2016). Please bow your head: Pre-game public prayer at college football games in the South. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 10(4), 293-305.

Ingram, A., & Huffman, L. T. (2017). To admit, or not to admit? An exploratory study of graduation rates of “special-admit” student-athletes within the “Power 5” conferences. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 11(3), 193-215.

Mirabito, T., Huffman, L. T., & Hardin, R. (2013). “The Chosen One”: The Denver Post’s Coverage of Tim Tebow. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 7(2), 51-68.

Stokowski, S. E., Huffman, L. T., & Aicher, T. J. (2013). A comparative analysis of sport participation motivations of NCAA Division I student-athletes: An international focus. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 7(2), 131-148.

Stokowski, S., Hutchens, N. S., Huffman, L. T., Fridley, A., & Croft, C. (2020). An examination of college athletes’ motivation and athletic scholarship status. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 35, 1-26.

Waller, S. N., Huffman, L. T., & Hardin, R. L. (2016). The sport chaplain’s role in the holistic care model for collegiate athletes in the United States. Practical Theology, 9(3), 226-241.

Weight, E. A., Navarro, K. M., Huffman, L. T., & Smith-Ryan, A. (2014). Quantifying the psychological benefits of intercollegiate athletics participation. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 7, 390-409.

Weight, E. A., Navarro, K., Smith-Ryan, A., & Huffman, L. T. (2016). Holistic education through athletics: Health literacy of intercollegiate athletes and traditional students. Journal of Higher Education Athletics and Innovation, 1(1), 38-60.

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Engaging in challenging conversations about the role of sport, recreation, and fitness in culture and the Christian life.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Assist the athletic department with holistically developing student-athletes to achieve their goals in the classroom, competition, community, church, and career.

In my classes, students can expect: To be challenged to think critically about current events and case studies and offer faith-based, professionally-competent solutions as an emerging leader in the field of sport, recreation, and fitness.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Seek your “why” by engaging in meaningful faith, prayer, work, and play. Gain experience early and often and create your opportunities. Embrace the struggle, fail forward, and do not grow weary (Galatians 6:9).

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Successful, as defined as the “peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable” (John Wooden).

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Being a successful athlete or fanatic fan will not correlate with success in SFIT. Exhibiting integrity, grit, resilience, teamwork, creativity, and compassion in a performance-based environment are among the stepping stones to emerging as a leader in SFIT.

A quote that influences how I live is: “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley