Jo Line, Ph.d.

Assistant Professor, Fieldwork and Partnerships Coordinator

Joanna Line





  • Ph.D., American Culture Studies (Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Identities), Bowling Green State University
  • Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, Bowling Green State University
  • M.S., Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College
  • B.A., Biology & French, Oberlin College

Dr. Jo Line studies sport from a feminist cultural studies perspective with the aim of helping teams maximize their collective capacity. They are particularly passionate about coach education that enables coaches to foster inclusive and collaborative teams on which all members can thrive within and beyond sport. Jo’s work is informed by their experience coaching Division I, Division III, and USCAA cross country and track and field programs and community running programs.

Jo was a college athlete and earned seven NCAA All-American honors in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track during her tenure at Oberlin College. After graduating from Oberlin, Jo was awarded a Watson Fellowship to explore the experiences of women runners in different cultural contexts. They trained and competed with teams around the world in countries including Ethiopia, France, Norway, and Singapore.

In addition to teaching, Jo is the Sport Management Fieldwork and Partnerships Coordinator. Jo also is a member of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence and WISE Cleveland.

  • Line, J. (2022). Using a feminist approach to leadership education to promote coaction among women collegiate student-athletes. In K. N. Lavenia & J. J. May (Eds.), Case studies in leadership and adult development: Applying theoretical perspectives to real-world challenges. Routledge. View Link
  • Line, J. (2023). Leadership. In D. Tod, K. Hodge, & V. Krane (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology (2nd ed.). Routledge.

  • Principles of Coaching and Leadership
  • Sport and Social Change
  • The Meaning of Movement
  • Senior Seminar
  • Inclusive Approaches to Leadership
  • Applied Sport Management Skills
  • What is a Team?


Jo is part of the research team at Athlete Ally. As an Adidas & Athlete Ally Research Fellow and the Athletics Inclusive Climate & Belonging Senior Specialist, Jo conducts research and consults with college and university athletic departments nation-wide to promote LGBTQI+ inclusion in sport. Jo was selected to participate in the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement in 2020 and the NCAA Effective Facilitation Workshop in 2023.

Joanna Line
Photo by Larry N. Marsh
Current Research Assistants
  • Vinnie Rienzi
Jo unveiling hall of fame plaque
Photo by  Amanda Phillips

Fun Facts

  • Jo still trains and competes as an elite distance runner. They compete in races ranging in distance from 5k to marathons.
  • In October 2022, Line was inducted into the Oberlin College Athletics Hall of Fame. Read the full article here.
  • In August of 2023, Jo won the Goodyear Half Marathon held in Akron, OH. In September 2023, Jo won the Akron Marathon.
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