Chad Barr

Professor, Sports Management

Office location:

International Business Center

Room 352


Phone: +1 561-237-7417

Fax: +1 561-237-7768

Why Lynn?

Since arriving at Lynn University, Charles Barr’s life has evolved exponentially, not only professionally, but personally as well. The contacts and connections he has made through his Lynn network has opened doors to exciting opportunities, while academic support has fostered the growth of Lynn's sport management program. Lynn is a forward thinking, nimble institution,that empowers faculty to develop programs for today’s students using cutting edge technology. They provide students and faculty with the tools they need to accelerate learning, and challenge them to push the boundaries of what is possible. Lynn University addresses learning on a personal level, while developing professionals ready to perform on a global scale.

Professional profile

Charles Barr joined the College of Business and Management as an assistant professor in the fall of 2013, but he began his career at Lynn University in 1999 at an assistant volleyball and assistant basketball coach while pursuing his master's degree in sports administration. After working for the Ministry of Education in The Kingdom of Bahrain, Barr returned to Lynn University, as an advisor and coach in the Institute for Achievement and Learning. He worked for three years in this role, before becoming a full time faculty member of the College of Hospitality and Management. Barr now works for the College of Business
and Management as an associate professor, focusing his teaching on sports management. He played a critical role in the development of the Sports Experience Series, which immerses students in the sports management industry, through customized experiences, and integrated curriculum delivery. His courses have engaged students on a global scale, having delivered courses in Peru, Australia, Thailand, Portugal, South Africa, Cambodia, Spain, Vietnam, Morocco and the UK at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Domestic immersion experiences include classes at the Daytona 500, NBA All-Star Weekend, NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, and the NCAA Mens’ Final Four. Charles has worked for over 9 years with ESPN at the Winter X Games, Summer X Games, and the ESPY Awards, with a
focus on event development, sponsor engagement and guest experience.

Barr’s intellectual interests and research pursuits have mainly focused on sport participation motivation, sport performance, and sport business hiring behaviors. Sport participation has proven to lead to healthier, longer lives, so findings provide practical and applicable solutions to diminished participation rates. Sport performance can be improved through a number of channels, and Barr’s focus on virtual reality training systems stems from Stanford University’s Human Interaction lab. The virtual reality empathy and autism simulators can also help provide perspective when dealing with today’s students.

Charles embraces Lynn’s entrepreneurial environment, and has founded programs, and businesses of his own. His kitesurfing school was the first of it’s kind in South Florida, and he helped introduce the sport to the area. He has prototyped, developed, launched electronic accessories and currently owns a product development company that provides unique goods to consumers worldwide. Other notable projects include creation, performance and production of two original studio albums, and numerous productions of original music videos. Barr has also released a series of bilingual children’s books, and a multi-touch digital book for sports marketing.

Prior to coming to Lynn, Barr earned his doctorate in sports management from the United States Sports Academy, with a focus on participation motives in sport. Barr has also coached soccer, basketball and volleyball at the high school and collegiate levels. Barr enjoys playing competitive beach volleyball and kitesurfing. In tune with the College of Business and Management's mission, Charles Barr is dedicated to excellence in student development, which he achieves by fostering an environment that is conducive to individualized learning through innovative programs of student in an evolving, multicultural world.


B.S., York College of Pennsylvania
M.S., Lynn University
D.S.M., United States Sports Academy

Teaching philosophy

It has always been Barr’s goal to inspire his students to become life-long learners. His goal is to develop learning strategies, and individual educational skills that stay with students long after college. His practical projects are designed to develop soft skills, which are directly transferable to the workplace. In order to address a wide spectrum of learners, Barr engages each student individually. By understanding his student’s goals and objectives, he can link course content to applications around student interests. Illustrating how concepts apply to the various segments of the Sports Management industry is a powerful way deliver content, and immersing students in their chosen field helps to foster stronger learning connections.
By empowering students with learning strategies, and providing practical experience in the field, it is Barr’s hope that once students leave his course they have the
self-efficacy and business acumen to succeed in the sports industry.

Teaching specialties

Introduction to sports management
Sports marketing
Sports event management
Sport tourism
Sports business
Sport ethics

Areas of scholarship

  • Sport participation motivation
  • Sport performance
  • Sport business hiring behaviors

Awards and honors

  • 2015 Howard Isacson Innovation Challenge
  • 2014 RGA Innovation Award
  • 2012 Dig The Beach AAA National Champion
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