William Klika

Assistant Professor,  College of Hospitality Management

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I worked in college athletics — both on and off the field — and then behind the scenes helping college athletics departments. Then I transitioned into teaching.”


William Klika's professional path to JWU began not in the classroom, but on the playing fields. After graduating from Lehigh University, he was an athletic coach and administrator for more than 20 years at the NCAA Division I and III levels.

Along the way, Klika received a master’s degree in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Ph.D. in Sports Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago. He began teaching at the college level in 2009, and finds it incredibly rewarding.

Klika's areas of specialization include sport management, sport business and economics, global sport, sports sociology, and athletic administration. He has done research regarding student-athlete experiences and philanthropy, and will be continuing research here at JWU.

Sample Courses

  • SEE 2005: The Business of Sports
  • SEE 3008: Ancillary Services & Revenues
  • SEE 3099: Sports Entertainment Event Management Internship
  • SEE 3120: Fitness & Wellness Center Management
  • SEE 3850: Negotiations and Agreements
  • SEE 4050: International Sports, Entertainment, Event and Venue Management


  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute The Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS)

Professional Memberships

  • North American Society For Sport Management, 2010–present
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association, 1998–present