Brenda A. Riemer

A photo of Brenda Riemer

Graduate Program Coordinator and Professor

Health Promotion and Human Performance; Women's and Gender Studies

318N Porter


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, Michigan State University, 1995
  • MS, Kinesiology, University of Illinois, 1986
  • BS, Kinesiology, UCLA, 1982


Dr. Riemer has been at EMU for 12 years. She is also a part of the Women's and Gender Studies Department. Her research areas include gender/sexuality and sport, professional mentoring and goal orientations of sport volunteers and participants. Her current research focuses on how current student athletes interprete Title IX, and the mentoring experiences of women faculty members. She has earned the Marshall Service award given by the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Riemer is the treasurer for the North American Society for Sport Sociology (and is co-organizer for the Teaching and Learning Fair for the North American Society of sport Management). She is a contributor for the LBGT Issues in Sport Blog.


  • Riemer, B.A., Zonder, E.J. and Thomas, J.L. (2015). Entrepreneurship and Competitive Dog Sports. Global Sports Business Journal, 3, 16–32.
  • Riemer, B.A., Thomas, J.L. and Visio, M. (2007). Goal Orientations and Volunteers. International Journal of Sport Management, 8, 6779.
  • Riemer, B.A. and Thomas, J.L. (2005). Achievement goal orientations in competition dog obedience participants. Journal of Sport Behavior, 28 (3), 272281.
  • Riemer, B.A. and Visio, M.E. (2003). Gender typing of sports: An investigation of Metheny's classification. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 74 (2), 193204.
  • Riemer, B.A., Beal, B. and Schroeder, P. (2000).  The influences of peer and university culture on female student athletes: Perceptions of career termination, professionalization, and social isolation. Journal of Sports Behavior, 23, 364–378.
  • Riemer, B.A. (1997). Lesbian identity formation and the sporting environment. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 6, 83–107.
  • Riemer, B.A. and Feltz, D.L. (1995). Sport appropriateness and image congruency on the status of female athletes. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 3, 1–10.


  • Riemer, B.A. and Zonder, E. (2012). Perceptions of Title IX by Sport Management Majors. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference, New Orleans, LA. Bussell, L.A. and Riemer, B.A. (2012).
  • Danzey-Bussell, L.A. and Riemer, B.A. (2012, May). We’re all in this together: Gendered role identification in mentor-protégé relationships. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management. Seattle, WA. 
  • Danzey-Bussell, L.A. and Riemer, B.A. (2011, November). What women want, what women need: Mentoring development, not gender. Presented at the Presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Danzey-Bussell, L.A., Gray, D., Riemer, B., Staurowsky, E. and Williams, J., Brimecombe, M. (2011, June). Seeking six degrees of separation: Women mentoring women with the transition to the Professoriate. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management, London, Ontario.
  • Riemer, B.A. and Wainwright, S. (2011, January). Ponytails and diamonds: The female apologetic in collegiate softball. Presented at the Fourth Annual Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics in Conjunction with the NCAA Annual Convention.  San Antonio, TX.



  • SMGT 425 Diversity in Sport Organizations
  • WGST 202 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality


  • SMGT 502 Introduction to Athletic Administration
  • SMGT 562 Facilities Planning and Management
  • SMGT 566 Financial Administration of Physical Education and Athletics
  • SMGT 560 Sport Ethics
  • PHED 665 Sport and Exercise Psychology