The Professor Paradox: Balancing Ethical Issues of Working as both Professor and Sport Psychology Consultant at a Division II College

David Hurley, Stonehill College, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-25

Presentation: October 5, 2013 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Room: Oak Alley


Many sport psychology consultants who consult at the college or university level work with Division I athletes (Kornspan & Duve, 2006; Mintz, Gardner, Eiring, & Pfenninger; 2009; Voight & Callahan, 2001; Wilson, Gilbert, Sailor, & Gilbert, 2006). However, there is a need for performance enhancement work at Division II and III colleges as well (Patel & Houston, 2012). Previous presentations at AASP have looked at how graduates navigate careers in academia within sport and exercise psychology (Clement, Visek, Parker, & Harris, 2009), the process of setting up paid consulting work within an athletic department (Lubker, Blom & Parker, 2008) and the advantages of working at a non-Division I setting (Patel and Houston, 2012). However, serving as both a professor and sport psychology consultant at the same college or university presents a unique set of ethical issues. The focus of this presentation will be on the ethical dilemmas faced by the presenter after accepting a position as a professor at a Division II college, and then being approached about providing performance enhancement services to the athletic department. These issues include balancing the time demands imposed by working with eighteen men’s and women’s varsity sports in addition to teaching and research, maintaining dual roles within the college, and negotiating the multiple relationships of psychology professor and sport psychology consultant at the same college and to some of the same students (e.g. AASP ethics code Standard #9).

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