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Laura Hatfield

Residential Chair


  • Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.S. University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.S. Liberty University


Dr. Laura M. Hatfield joined the Hospitality & Sport Management faculty at Liberty in 2016. She serves as an Associate Professor and the Chair of Sport Management Studies. She teaches in the areas of organizational behavior and leadership, public relations and communications, social issues, marketing, and student professional development. Her research interests include the areas of work-family conflict, organizational communication, and the scholarship of teaching.

Scriptural Inspiration

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2

Research Interests

  • Working-Family Conflict
  • Organizational Communication
  • Scholarship of Teaching.

Career Highlights

Dr. Hatfield has prepared students, developed academic programs, and fostered industry relationships at universities across the South, including the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, the University of Missouri, the University of West Georgia, Texas A&M University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Hatfield’s work in the classroom is fueled by her background in coaching, camp administration, development and fundraising, event management, and academic services for student-athletes. She played and coached volleyball at Liberty University during the 1990s. Her years spent working in intercollegiate athletics guide and inform her work in the classroom.

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