Dr. Robert M. Kostelnik

  • Photo montage of Robert Kostelnick discussing sports equipment with students, and posing with his wife.


    • BS in Health and Physical Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • MA in Exercise Physiology from University of Pittsburgh
    • PhD in Athletic Administration from University of Pittsburgh


    Dr. Robert Kostelnik is an associate professor in the undergraduate and graduate Sport Management academic programs. He is the coordinator of the undergraduate Sport Administration program and coordinator of the Master of Sport Science Sport Management and Sport Studies graduate programs.

    His professional experience includes more than 18 years as a junior college athletic director, director of wellness/fitness, and director of student life.

    He also has five years of experience as an academic dean for the business/social science/culinary instructional division at another college.

    In 2012 while at IUP, Dr. Kostelnik was named one of the “300 Best Professors” in the United States by Princeton Review.

    He has an interest in curriculum development and revision. He is board secretary for the Outside In School, an organization which works with troubled youth. He also served as a board president for the Greensburg YMCA.

    Dr. Kostelnik has 36 years of experience working at colleges and universities. He lives in Greensburg with his wife, Annette. They have two children, Leah and John.


    His research interests are aggression and violence in sports, liability issues in sport, athletic coaching, youth sports, and the physiological response of sports officials and coaches during events.

    He also has an interest in health status changes that occur among college students. He has presented numerous times at professional conferences at the state and national levels. He has published many articles in journals in the field of managing sport.  

    Courses Offered:

    • HPED 143 Physical Well-Being
    • HPED 292 Introduction to Sport Management
    • HPED 320 Managing Facilities and Events in Sport
    • HPED 335 Athletic Coaching
    • HPED 460 Law and Issues in Sport
    • HPED 465 Sport Management Capstone
    • HPED 601 Sport and Society
    • HPED 602 Sport Psychology
    • HPED 637 Sport Facilities Management

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