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Dr Ruth Sibson

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5600, Email: r.sibson@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.238
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5600  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5894  
Email: r.sibson@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.238  

 

Ruth is a Senior Lecturer within the Sport, Recreation Event Management program in the School of Business in the Faculty of Business and Law. She is the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Business (G95) in the School.

Availability

  • By appointment.

Current teaching

  • LSC3112 - Industry Practice
  • LMS3202 – Managing Leisure Services

Responsibilities

  • Course Coordinator – Bachelor of Business (G95)

Background

Dr Ruth Sibson is a Senior Lecturer within the Sport, Recreation Event Management program in the School of Business. She is currently the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Business (G95). Ruth has been teaching and researching in the area of sport and recreation management for the past 15 years, and has worked at the University of Newcastle, Stirling University (Scotland) and at ECU over this time.

Her research interests focus upon local, community sport and recreation opportunities for all citizens and business education, and she has conducted a number of recent research projects in these areas.

Ruth maintains strong industry links through her teaching and research interests and is an invited member of the Recreation Advisory Panel of the Department of Sport and Recreation (WA) and the North Metropolitan Regional Recreation Advisory Group.

Ruth also maintains links with academic associations; she is currently the Australian Membership Officer of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (ANZALS) and has been a regular attendee at their conferences since 2001. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Annals of Leisure Research, the ANZALS journal.

When not working, Ruth enjoys the active side of sport and recreation as a keen hockey player and gym member, as well as the more passive side of watching sport (but particularly the AFL and the West Coast Eagles) on TV.

Qualifications

  • PhD Newcastle NSW
  • BPHE Hons UWA

Professional associations

  • 2010 – 2013 Member, The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • 2005 – 2013 Member, Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • 1999 – 2013 Member, Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies

Awards and recognition

  • 2011 - ECU Vice Chancellor's Award for Engagement
  • 2009 - ECU Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Exemplifying University Values

Research

Research areas and interests

  • Sport, gender, organisational cultures and globalisation.
  • Physical activity and the community.
  • Business education.

Recent research grants

  • 2011 - Social outcomes of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) sport and active recreation projects in Perth, WA. Department of Sport and Recreation WA & ECU Faculty Strategic Grant, $17,792. (Sibson, R., Stanway, A., & Russell, D.)
  • 2011 - Auditing employability skill development in ECU business undergraduates. ECU Faculty Teaching & Learning Grant, $9,999. (Jackson, D, Riebe, L, & Sibson, R.)
  • 2011 - Sport, Recreation and Event Management Student Practicums: A Comparison of Student and Host Agency Perspectives. ECU Faculty Teaching and Learning Grant, $6,285. (Sibson, R., & Russell, D.)
  • 2008 - Great Expectations!: Event, Sport and Recreation Management student perceptions of their degree upon enrolment. ECU Faculty Strategic Fund Grant, $4,864 (Sibson, R.)
  • 2007-2008. - Muslim Youth for Sport. ECU Faculty Strategic Fund Grant, $20,000. (Northcote, J. & Sibson, R.)
  • 2007 - Global Corporate Challenge Qualitative Research Project. Centre for Heart Disease & Diabetes Prevention (CHDDP) Grant, $5,168. (Henley, N., Sheridan. L., Sibson, R., Ryan. M., Scherrer, P., Ganeshasundaram, R., & Nagorski, J.)
  • 2006 - 2007 - Taking a new look at physical activity: Leisure, tourism and experiential consumption concepts inform a brand new social marketing approach. ECU Faculty Strategic Fund Grant, $19,967. (Henley, N., Sheridan. L., Sibson, R., Ryan. M., Scherrer, P., Ganeshasundaram, R., & Nagorski, J.)

Recent publications

Journal articles

  • Jackson, D., Riebe, L. & Sibson, R. (Forthcoming). Undergraduate perceptions of the development of team-working skills. Education and Training.
  • Jackson, D., Sibson, R. & Riebe, L. (2013). Delivering work-ready business graduates: Keeping our promises and evaluating our performance. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability 4(1), 2-22.
  • Riebe, L., Sibson, R., Roepen, D. & Meakins, K. (2013). Industry guest speaker impact on business student perceptions of the development of employability skills. Industry and Higher Education, 27(1), 55-66.
  • Rinaldi, G., Sanders, D., & Sibson, R. (2013). The motivations and experiences of Australian Football League interstate sport tourists. Annals of Leisure Research, 16(1), 39-54.
  • Sibson, R. (2011). Career choice perceptions of undergraduate Event, Sport and Recreation Management students: An Australian case study. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 10(2), 50-60.
  • Sibson, R., Scherrer, P., Ryan, M., Henley, N. & Sheridan, L. (2010).Is physical activity leisure or work? Exploring the leisure-tourism-physical activity relationship with holidaymakers on Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Annals of Leisure Research, 13(4), 652-678.
  • Sibson, R. (2010). Why Event, Sport and Recreation Management? A Western Australian study of undergraduate student degree choice.Annals of Leisure Research, 13(3), 376-394.
  • Sibson, R. (2010). ‘I was banging my head against a brick wall:’ Exclusionary power and the gendering of sport organizations. Journal of Sport Management.
  • Scherrer, P., Sheridan, L., Sibson, R., Ryan, M. & Henley, N. (2010). Employee engagement with a corporate physical activity program: The global corporate challenge. International Journal of Business Studies, 18(1), 125-139.
  • Scherrer, P., Henley, N., Sheridan, L., Sibson, R., & Ryan, M. (2008). Maintaining momentum: The challenge of a workplace physical activity program to sustain motivation and activity. Journal of Research for Consumers, 14, 1-14.
  • Sibson, R. (2005). BBQs and beers, or cappuccinos? Globalisation, field Hockey and social change. Annals of Leisure Research, 8(2-3), 124-141.

Conference publications

Refereed full papers

  • Sibson, R. & Russell, D. (2011). Sport, recreation and event management practicum placements, students, host agencies and universities: What do stakeholders expect? Refereed Proceedings of Teaching & Learning Forum, Perth, WA, February 2011.
  • Jackson, D., Sibson, R. & Reibe, L. (2010). The Business Edge employability skills framework: A contextualised approach. Refereed Proceedings of E-Culture Conference, Perth, WA, November 2010.
  • Sibson, R. & Russell, D. (2010). Sport, recreation and event management practicum placements: An analysis of student and supervisor expectations and perceptions. Refereed Proceedings of E-Culture Conference, Perth, WA, November 2010.
  • Sibson, R. (2005). ‘I think what they want is exposure’: The sponsorship dynamics of local, grass-roots sport. Refereed Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, December 2005, Hobart:TASA.

Abstract refereed only

  • Riebe, L., Sibson, R. & Jackson, D. (2012). ‘Working effectively with others’: Student perceptions of employability skill development in an undergraduate Business degree. Higher Education Research and the Student Learning Experience in Business International Conference, University of Melbourne.
  • Sibson, R., Pickering-Rodda, N., Stanway, A. & Russell, D. (2012). Challenges for All: Investigating the social outcomes of sport and recreation for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) participants in Perth, WA. Making a Difference in Leisure, Sport, Tourism & Hospitality: Exploring diversity, equity and social change symposium, Sydney.
  • Riebe, L., Sibson, R., Roepen, D. & Meakins, K. (2012). Perceptions and expectations of undergraduate business students of industry guest speakers in an employability skills program. E-Culture Conference.
  • Stanway, A., Sibson, R., Russell, D., & Pickering, N. (2011). Social Outcomes of Sport and Active Recreation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Participants in Perth, WA. Australian & New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies Conference, Dunedin.
  • Sibson, R. (2010). The current generation of Event, Sport and Recreation Management Undergraduate students: Perceptions of M’Y’ career Sport Management Association of Australia & New Zealand Conference, Wellington, NZ.
  • Sibson, R. & Russell, D. (2010). Sport, recreation and event management student practica: A comparison of student and host agency supervisor perspectives. Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Wellington, NZ.
  • Sibson, R. (2010). The current generation of students: Wh‘Y’ Event, Sport and Recreation Management? Australian & New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies Conference, Brisbane.
  • Sibson, R., Ryan, M., Scherrer, P., Sheridan, L., Nagorski, J., Henley, N., & Ganeshasundaram, R. (2008). 'I think it is fun because of where you are': People's experiences of physical activity on Rottnest Island, WA. Australian & New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies Conference, Melbourne.
  • Sibson, R. (2005). Globalisation, field Hockey and social change. Australian & New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Research student supervision

Principal supervisor

  • Master of Business (2013) A Review of the Policy Development Processes that Relate to the Inclusion of People with a Disability in Sport: Some Western Australian Evidence.

Co-principal supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy (2013) Family Life and Leisure in New Zealand: Leisure and Parenting in Heterosexual Couples During Pregnancy and First- Time Parenthood in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • First Class Honours (2011) Sport Tourists: Understanding the Motivations of Interstate Australian Football League Fans Travelling to Western Australia.
  • First Class Honours (2007) The effects of expanding sanctuary zones and camp management changes within Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park.

Associate supervisor

  • Master of Business (2009) Effectiveness in Grass Roots Sport Clubs: Some Western Australian Evidence.
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