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Dr. Emily Houghton

Dr. Emily Houghton
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science


  • Diversity issues in sports 
  • Sports hiring practices and leadership 
  • Media depictions of student-athletes 
  • Student-athlete medical care 
  • Athletic program social media campaigns 


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2013 
  • M.S., University of Illinois, Chicago, 2001 
  • B.A., Elmira College, 1997  


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About Dr. Emily Houghton

Emily Houghton is an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2012. Her research focuses on diversity issues in sports, such as hiring practices and leadership, media depictions of athletes, and student-athlete perceptions of care and treatment given by medical staff. Houghton is currently studying student-athlete perceptions of bias and cultural competence in health across all three NCAA divisions. She is responsible for the Sport Administration major in the Department of Exercise Science, currently working with students in the major to explore how NCAA athletic departments use social media and how they measure the effectiveness of their social media campaigns. Prior to joining the faculty at Fort Lewis College, Houghton coached soccer at the NCAA Division III, Olympic Development Program, and club levels. She instructed courses at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, New England College, and Washington & Jefferson College. 
Houghton is a member of several professional associations, including the North American Society for Sport Management, the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Phi Kappa Phi-Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta-National History Honor Society, and the Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women. She has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Sports Media and the Women’s Sport and Physical Activity Journal

Selected Publications and Presentations 

“(In)visible Pioneers: Exploring the Experiences of African American Female Athletes,” co-authored with J. A. Bhalla, Modern Sport and the African American Experience, 2015 

“Assessing NCAA Student Athlete Perceptions of Bias and Cultural Competence in Health Care,” co-presented with C. Meyer, Diversity in Intercollegiate Athletics Summit in the Rockies, Fort Collins, CO, 2015 

“Coaching Education Needs in Youth Sport: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” co-presented with N. D. Bolter, L. J. Petranek, and S. M. Lucas, Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women, Monterey, CA, 2014 

“Exploring the ‘Place’ of Sport: The Community Center as Catalyst for Friendship among African American Female Athletes,” co-presented with J. A. Bhalla, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Portland, OR, 2014 

“Building Community through Academic Courses,” co-presented with C. Simbeck, Annual Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, Durango, CO, 2014 

“Diversity in an Undergraduate Athletic Training Program: A Case Study,” co-presented with C. Meyer and M. Jung, Diversity in Intercollegiate Athletics Summit in the Rockies, Fort Collins, CO, 2014 

“Harlem Globetrotters,” “Microaggressions/Microinequities,” and “Negro League Baseball,” Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, 2013 

“Gender and Sport, USA,” “History of Snowboarding,” “LeBron James,” “Major League Baseball Championships,” “Mia Hamm,” and “Sexuality and Sports, USA,” Sports around the World: History, Culture and Practice, 2012