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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nefertiti A. Walker

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UMass Amherst, & Professor

Sport Management


PhD, University of Florida, 2011
MBA, Stetson University, 2006
BA, Stetson University, 2005

Academic Appointments

Associate Dean for an Inclusive Organization, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 01/2019-Present
Interim Associate Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UMass Amherst, 2019 – present, 2010-present
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 9/2017-Present
PhD Area Coordinator for Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, UMass Amherst, 2016 - 2017
Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst, 01/2017 - 12/2018
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 8/2011-8/2017

Recent Honors / Awards

Isenberg School of Management Teaching Excellence Award, 2018
Isenberg School of Management Research Excellence Award, 2019
North American Society for Sport Management, Research Fellow, 2019

Research Interests

Organizational Diversity and inclusion
Gendered Organization and Gender in Organization
The Future of Work
Women & Leadership in Sport Organizations
Sexism in Sport
Sport Organizational Culture
Gendered Leadership Networks in Sport

Teaching Interests

  • Sport Policy
  • Sport Leadership
  • Leading and Developing Inclusive Organizations
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Sport Organization Behavior and Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations

Selected Publications

Hindman, L. & Walker, N. A. (2019). Sexism in professional sports: How women managers experience and survive sport organizational culture. Journal of Sport Management

Walker, N. A. (2018). The labyrinth of exclusion in sport and steps toward developing a culture of inclusion. Sport and Entertainment Review, 4(2).

 Katz, M., Walker, N. A., & Hindman, L. (2018). Gendered leadership networks in the NCAA: Analyzing affiliation networks of senior woman administrators and athletic directors.  Journal of Sport Management, 32(2), 135-149.

Walker, N. A., & Melton, E. N. (2015). The tipping point: The intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation in intercollegiate sports. Journal of Sport Management

Walker, N. A., & Sartore-Baldwin, M. (2013). Hegemonic masculinity and the institutionalized bias of women in men’s collegiate basketball: What do men think? Journal of Sport Management, 27(4), 303-315.