Texas Tech University

Former Coach Specializes in Education, Ethics and Leadership

Glenys Young

March 30, 2022

Angela Lumpkin received a 2022 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award.

In February, the Texas Tech University System announced its 2022 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards to honor outstanding faculty members who provide exceptional opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom. We are highlighting the eight Texas Tech University faculty members who were recognized. 

Angela Lumpkin started her teaching career at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill the same year she was named head women's basketball coach for the now-famous Tar Heels, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that, even today, she's as much of a coach and motivator as she is an educator. 

It's not just her nature – it's also her focus. Lumpkin, now chair of Texas Tech's Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, specializes in how teaching and learning happen, as well as in sport leadership, ethics and intercollegiate athletics.  

Perhaps that emphasis is one reason she's such a good teacher. Another is that she actively works to become better, even after nearly five decades in the classroom.  

Since arriving at Texas Tech in 2014, she's been selected to the university's Teaching Academy and subsequently elected chair of its executive council; received the 2018-2019 Faculty Spotlight Award from the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center; and received a 2019 President's Excellence in Teaching Award. She's also been honored for her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; ethics; and assessment. In 2018, she received the North American Society for Sport Management's Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award.  

Lumpkin has now been recognized once again for her commitment to education. She is one of four recipients of the 2022 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Awards. 

The Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards are given to individuals who exemplify teaching or research excellence and who have significantly advanced teaching or research efforts and are noted as leaders among colleagues and in their respective fields. Established in 2001, they are the highest honors given to Texas Tech University System faculty members. 

Can you describe your research and its impact, both in academics and society? 

My research informs and supports my teaching with my primary areas of interest being the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoT&L) and sport leadership, sport ethics and intercollegiate athletics. Since 2015, I have published 10 articles on pedagogical practices for engaging students synchronously and asynchronously in online teaching, educating doctoral students to teach effectively, a five-step process for effective teaching and learning, metacognition as it contributes to student learning, effective questioning strategies, evaluating classroom time through systematic analysis and student feedback, flipping a class and examining student perceptions of active learning strategies.  

Since 2015, in the area of sport management, I have published seven articles on servant leadership in intercollegiate athletics; sport leadership education; synergies of self-determination theory; ethical leadership; emotional intelligence and servant leadership; sport management career decision-making self-efficacy; and the career paths and education, experiences and advancement of athletic directors.  

Sport ethics is an area of my greatest interest and expertise within sport management, including three books, two in multiple editions. My book, “Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport,” has been published in its 11th edition. Since 2015, I have published two invited chapters on ethical issues in intercollegiate athletics and on commercialism and athletes' rights. I have written an invited book chapter on an historical overview of African American men and women in college sports. These books, chapters and peer-reviewed articles have helped university faculty and students increase their knowledge in teaching and learning and in sport ethics and sport leadership. 

What projects are you working on at this time? 


  • “Checking for Understanding Strategies using Formative Assessment for Student Learning”
  • “Leadership Perceptions of Master's Degree Students in Sport Management”
  • “Sabermetrics and Sport Management: Bringing Sports Analytics to the Classroom”
  • Leading the Chair Mentoring Group for TTU ADVANCE-ADAPT, “Advancing Equity through Systemic Strategies to Improve Leadership, Departmental Collegiality, and Data Transparency at Texas Tech University” (Stephanie Jones, principal investigator) 

Teaching: Evaluating teaching at Texas Tech through leading the Teaching Academy's subcommittee on Departmental Teaching Plans and by serving as a member of the Teaching Academy's subcommittee on Course Evaluation 

What areas are you interested in for future research? 

Scholarship of teaching and learning, sport leadership, sport ethics and intercollegiate athletics  

What rewards do you get from teaching? 

As an avid reader and eager learner, I love to teach and see the excitement when students actively engage in the learning process and begin to develop a lifelong passion for learning. It is very rewarding when former students contact me about my making a difference in their lives and careers.   

What motivated you to pursue a career in academia? 

I love to teach. I enjoy working with college students as well as the faculty who I have helped lead as a program director, department chair and dean. I have had the opportunity to work at seven different universities as a faculty member, program director, department chair, American Council on Education fellow, dean, and also as a distinguished visiting professor at the United States Military Academy. In each institution, I have enjoyed teaching, conducting research, leading and learning. I have loved going to work with colleagues every day.  

How has Texas Tech helped you advance your research and teaching? 

Texas Tech has given me the opportunity to lead an academic department into becoming a recognized success on campus with tremendous potential for national prominence through the accomplishments of its faculty. Texas Tech has supported our department in obtaining new degrees and completely revising its curricula. Texas Tech has given me the opportunity to further my passion for teaching and learning through research, teaching and wonderful collaboration with colleagues in the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center and the Teaching Academy.  

Who has had the biggest impact on you and your career, and why? 

My parents, Janice and Carol Lumpkin, instilled in me deep-seated values and a love of learning. They provided me with educational opportunities through personal sacrifice. They supported me in all of my educational endeavors and celebrated my achievements.