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Elizabeth "Liz" Wanless

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Associate Professor in Sports Administration; Assistant Director, Analytics
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  • Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics (Business Analytics), Penn State University, 2019
  • Doctor of Education, Sport Management, Ball State University, 2015
  • Master's in Sport Administration, Ball State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Philosophy, Bates College, 2004

Research & Awards

Dr. Wanless researches advanced analytics application to various aspects of sport organization operations from customer relationship management and modeling contributions generation to player health, to the use and diffusion of natural language processing (NLP) in the sport industry. In addition, she has conducted invited workshops explaining artificial intelligence applications and impacts for sport.

She has recevied over $30,000 in contract and grant awards and is a Korsgaard Award Winner for academic excellence


Dr. Wanless has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications in outlets including the Journal of Sport ManagementJournal of Sports AnalyticsJournal of Strength and ConditioningJournal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, and International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.

Additionally, she has given over 60 peer-reviewed and invited presentations at conferences including the North American Society for Sport Management, INFORMS spORts, Sport Marketing Association, Applied Sport Management, and the National Sports Forum.


Prior to her academic career, Dr. Wanless competed for Nike, Asics, the New York Athletic Club, and Team USA as a professional track and field shot putter maintaining top 20 in the world for 5 consecutive years. In 2004, Wanless was recognized as the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Maine.