Program of the Month Q&A: Sport Management Adjunct Professor David Lukow, Esq.
Perspective is critical to teaching, and adjunct faculty members, in particular, have a way of bringing career and personal experiences into their lessons that enhance class content and make it more real to students. David Lukow, Esq., one of these invaluable adjunct faculty members at Medaille, holds a master’s degree in sport administration, and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law. He functions in various roles, working as an attorney, manager, writer and editor, in addition to teaching sport law, sport economics, and history and philosophy of sport to students in Medaille's sport management program. Lukow always desired to be a part of the College environment, and he joined Medaille’s adjunct faculty in 2010, under the guidance of Sport Management Program Director Dr. Rich Jacob.
Here, Lukow talks about how he ties his vast experience into the classroom, and discusses what sport management students can do to prepare themselves for a successful career.
How does your career experience affect your perspective as a sport management professor or influence the content of the classes you teach?
I’m very influenced by professors I had at UB Law. I borrow techniques and style from many of them. They were interesting people and treated students in a positive way, which enhanced learning. I also like to use examples, from my career and personal dealings, to give topics life and real-world perspective.
What do you think makes Medaille’s sport management program unique or different from other similar programs?
Dr. Jacob has many accomplishments, but his management style may be his best attribute. His easygoing manner encourages students. Having Rich at the helm makes Medaille’s program stand out, no question.
What do you think future graduates of the sport management program can expect to find when entering the field within the next five to 10 years, in WNY and beyond?
I think there’s going to be great opportunity in alternative or action sports. I’m hoping we’ll see rival leagues competing with the NFL, the MLB, the NBA and the NHL. That would create even more landing spots for grads. A key, for students, is thinking outside the box.
What advice would you give to current and future students who are interested in a career in sport management?
The opportunities are out there. Sometimes, it’s a matter of taking a road that isn’t so obvious. I’m a big believer in looking to the past for guidance. Learn about the industry’s greats – and to whatever degree appropriate – emulate them. Above all else, have unwavering belief in yourself.
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