Eric Klosterman, MBA – Assistant Lecturer
Mr. Klosterman earned a B.S. in Sport Administration at Ball State University in 2008. After working with the Toledo Mud Hens, he earned his MBA from Ball State University in 2010. From 2011-2015, Mr. Klosterman worked at Ball State within the Miller College of Business as the Assistant Director of Graduate & Certificate Programs, focusing on recruitment, admission and retention, advising, career development and placement. In 2015, Mr. Klosterman transitioned into teaching and advising within the undergraduate sport administration program at Ball State. Since 2018, Mr. Klosterman has served at the sport administration undergraduate program coordinator, while continuing to oversee all academic advising of program students, and teaching a combination of classes within introduction to sport administration, revenue generation, event & facility management, and internships. Mr. Klosterman is a licensed Indiana High School Athletic Association and Ohio High School Athletic Association official, and has been officiating since 2009.
Mike Dalgety, Ed.D. -Assistant Teaching Professor
Dr. Dalgety earned a B.A. in Sport Sciences at University of the Pacific in 1997, and a M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2003. He has 18 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including roles as the Associate Director of Athletic Media Relations, Director of Compliance, and Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs at Pacific. In 2012, Dr. Dalgety earned an Ed.D. from Pacific, specializing in higher education. Dr. Dalgety is now a lecturer in sport administration and has research interests in intercollegiate athletics.
Benjamin Downs, Ph.D. -Assistant Professor
Dr. Downs earned a B.A. in History and Black Studies at the College of Wooster in 2008. After working in college recruiting and coaching, as well as professional baseball, he earned a M.S. in Sport Administration from Mississippi State University in 2016. In 2019, Dr. Downs earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University specializing in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. Dr. Downs completed his dissertation on the evolution of urban multipurpose sport facilities. His research focuses on facilities and utilizes modernization to better understand the construction and renovation trends related to multipurpose arenas. Dr. Downs is also interested in issues of diversity and inclusion in sport.
James Johnson, Ed.D. -Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. in Psychology at Franklin College in 1999, and a M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ball State University in 2001.After two years as a commodity trader in Chicago, Dr. Johnson worked seven years within intercollegiate athletics as the Assistant Coordinator of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes at Ball State University. In 2010, Dr. Johnson earned an Ed.D. from Ball State University specializing in adult, higher, and community education with a concentration in sport studies. Dr. Johnson is a Fellow in the College Sport Research Institute and has served as the sport administration graduate program coordinator since 2011.His primary research includes work in interscholastic and intercollegiate sport.
Khirey Walker, Ph.D. -Assistant Professor
Dr. Walker earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at Elon University in 2011, and a M.S. in Sport Administration from Louisiana State University in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Walker earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University specializing in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. Dr. Walker completed his Dissertation on the organizational misconduct within intercollegiate athletics, specifically the National Collegiate Athletic Association. After graduating from LSU, Dr. Walker has arrived at Ball State as an assistant professor. His research includes work in intercollegiate athletics, primarily involving rule governance, leadership studies, and student-athlete fulfillment.