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ERIC Number: EJ1035006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1937-156X
Academic Moneyball
Dustin, Dan; Murphy, James; McDonald, Cary; Wright, Brett; Harper, Jack; Lamke, Gene
Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, v29 n2 p43-52 2014
We apply lessons from "Moneyball," Michael Lewis's (2003) best-selling account of the Oakland Athletics's use of "sabermetrics" to find undervalued baseball players to help build a cost-effective team to the context of recreation, park, and leisure studies. Specifically, we coin and apply the term "academetrics" to find undervalued faculty members to help build cost-effective academic teams. We also draw analogies between the effects of long-term baseball contracts and tenure on performance, as well as describing different kinds of academic leagues, different kinds of academic players, and what it takes to "win" in academe. We conclude with a discussion of how academe's traditions, just like baseball's traditions, interfere with the progress of the "game."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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