Dr. Patti Millar

Assistant Professor

Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 4063
Office: H.K. Building, Room 109

Sport Management

PhD (Western University)
MA (Brock University)
BSc (HK) (University of Ottawa)


Dr. Millar joined the Department of Kinesiology in July 2017 in the area of Sport Management. She previously held a faculty position at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. Dr. Millar earned her PhD in Sport Management in 2015 from Western University and holds a Master of Arts in Applied Health Science (Sport Management) from Brock University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Millar’s research focuses on the management and development of non-profit and voluntary sport, with a specific focus on understanding the process of capacity building within community sport and recreation organizations, workforce development throughout the non-profit sport sector, and community sport organizations as agents in policy implementation. 

Areas of Research Interest

  • Management and development of non-profit sport and recreation
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Sport and social change 
  • Leadership

Recent Funding Sources

Eddy, T., Millar, P., & Gee, S. What’s in a name? Examining the brand relationship between a professional sport organization and its corporate social responsibility initiative. SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant. ($24,670).  
Misener, K., Babiak, K., Shier, M., & Millar, P. New Directions for Capacity Research: Social Impact Capacity in Nonprofit Sport Management. SSHRC Insight Grant/Sport Canada. ($120,959).
Millar, P., & Stevens, J. Risk Management Workshop Research Program. Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. ($30,000).

Key Scholarly Activities:

Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (in press). Readiness for capacity building in community sport organizations. Managing Sport and Leisure.
Millar, P., Clutterbuck, R., & Doherty, A. (2020). Understanding the adoption of long-term athlete development in one minor football club. Managing Sport and Leisure, 25(4), 259-274.  
Hanlon, C., Millar, P., Doherty, A., & Craike, M. (2019). Building capacity of community sport clubs to increase female participation. Leisure Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2019.1686445  
Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (2018). “You can’t just start and expect it to work”: An investigation of strategic capacity building in community sport organizations. Journal of Sport Management, 32, 348-361.  
Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (2016). Capacity building in nonprofit sport organizations: Development of a process model. Sport Management Review, 19(4), 365-377.
Lebel, K., Danylchuk, K., & Millar, P. (2015). Social media as a learning tool: Sport management faculty perceptions of digital pedagogies. Sport Management Education Journal, 9(1), 39-50.
Millar, P., & Stevens, J. (2012). Management training and national sport organizations: Examining the impact of training on individual and organizational performance. Sport Management Review, 15(3), 288-303.