(Santa Ana, CA)—Rancho Santiago Community College District announces the appointment of R. Douglas Manning, Ph.D., as dean of kinesiology, health and athletics at Santa Ana College (SAC). In this role, Manning is responsible for leading and administering all aspects of the division, including the design, delivery, staffing, administrative support, and supervision of academic and athletic programs.
With over 17 years’ experience in teaching and sports management, he previously served as an assistant professor of sport management at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). In that role, he taught in graduate and undergraduate programs, assisted in curriculum development, provided supervision for interns, advised students and served on college and university committees.
Prior to that, he was dean of students for the Albuquerque Public Schools. Earlier, he served as instructor and program manager for the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He has also coached for women’s volleyball and boys/girls volleyball at university and high school levels. His experience also includes serving as the manager of coaches’ education and volunteer services for Special Olympics Southern California.
Over the years, Manning has received numerous awards and honors for his professional leadership. They include receiving a Service Learning Fellowship through the Center for Community and Civic Engagement funded through the USM Provost’s Office. He is also a recipient of the President’s Service Award from the Sport and Recreation Law Association, the Lobo Coach Award from UNM Athletics, and the Instructor of the Year Award from the UNM Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences.
He has also been widely published in a range of academic and professional journals. Most recently, along with M.C. Keiper and S.E. Jenny, he contributed to “Pedagogical Innovations for the Millennial Sport Management Student: Socrative and Twitter,” published in the Sport Management Education Journal. He also co-wrote “No Reason to lol at LoL: The Addition of eSports to Collegiate Athletic Departments” with Keiper and Jenny for the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.
Manning earned a B.S. in education and K-12 physical education teaching certification from Florida State University (FSU). He also obtained an M.S. in sport management from FSU and a Ph.D. in sport administration from the University of New Mexico.
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin.. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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