Associate Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Fall 2019 - By appointment only
  • Role:

    Undergraduate Student
  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

    • B.A. Colorado State University, M.A. Purdue University, Ph.D. Univeristy of Texas


Albert Y. Bimper Jr., PhD, is an Associate Professor with appointments in both Ethnic Studies and Sport Management in the College of Liberal Arts. As a university administrator, he presently serves as Assistant Vice President and Senior Associate Athletics Director with oversight of the Student Athlete Support Services and all diversity and inclusion efforts within the Athletics Department at Colorado State. The CSU Athletics Department is home to nearly 400 student-athletes across 16 varsity sports. Additionally, Dr. Bimper serves as the founding director of the Sport Management Program at Colorado State University. Through his leadership, the Sport Management program has been developed to include an undergraduate minor and a graduate program with diverse specialization offerings to target student interests. The curriculum of the Sport Management is accessible to students through face-to-face and online instruction formats. He completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Texas at Austin where he is a Fellow of the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males. Dr. Bimper holds a M.S. in Sport Psychology from Purdue University and a B.S. in Health & Exercise Science from Colorado State University. Dr. Bimper’s origin of passion in the areas of sport, education and the intersections of race and sport stem from his own experiences as a former collegiate student athlete playing football at Colorado State, playing professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, and while serving student athletes as a coach and mentor. His research and pedagogical interests concern student athlete development, particularly the intersection of race and sport and how they are related to identity and the educational development of student athletes of color. Additionally, an aim of his research and teaching is to be an advocate for social justice and further develop culturally relevant and meaningful educational experiences for student athletes of color. He has published in numerous academic journals spanning the topic areas of intercollegiate athletics, education, cultural studies, and the sociology of sport. He most recent publication is a self-authored book titled Black Collegiate Athletes and the Neoliberal State: Dreaming from Bended Knee.

Honors and Awards

2021-2022, National Fellow RecipientEducation Advisory Board (EAB) Rising Higher Education Leaders Fellowship.
*Capstone project focuses on Cascading Strategic Goals

2020, National Recipient. Athletic Leadership Award, Black Student Athlete Summit, Austin, TX.

2018, National Recipient. Emerging Scholar Award. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

2016, Recipient. The LeRoy T. Walker Young Professional Award, Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) America Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

2014, Co-Recipient. NCAA Diversity Award, Colorado State University, NCAA National Convention, Washington, D.C.
*(Accepted by Dr. Albert Bimper & CSU President Anthony Frank)

2013, Recognized on national website. “Kansas State Scholar Examines the Classroom Experiences of Black Student Athletes,” The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. JBHE. Filed in Research & Studies on May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013 from


The Intersections of Race and Sport Culture and Education; African American Experiences in Sport Culture; Diversity Issues in Sport and Sport Industries; Critical Race Theory, Student Athlete Identity Development; Sociocultural Influences in Sport and Institutions of Higher Education


Refereed Book Manuscripts:

Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2020, Black Collegiate Athletes and the Neoliberal State: Dreaming from Bended Knee, Lexington Books: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.


Refereed Journal Articles:

Bimper Jr., A. Y., (in progress), “Making Global Citizenship the Goal: Short-term Education Abroad Experiences of Black Student Athletes,”

Black, R., & Bimper Jr, A. Y. 2017. Successful Undergraduate African American Men's Navigation and Negotiation of Academic and Social Counter-Spaces as Adaptation to Racism at Historically White Institutions. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 1521025117747209.

Harrison, L. Jr., Bimper Jr., A. Y., Smith, M. P., & Login, D. A. 2017, “The Mis-education of the African American student-athlete,” Kinesiology Review, 6, pp. 60-69.

Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2016, “Capital Matters: Social sustaining capital and the development of black student-athletes,” Journal of Intercollegiate Sport9(1), pp. 106-128.

Bimper Jr., A. Y., & Harrison, L., Jr.. 2015, “Are we committed to issues of race? Institutional integrity across intercollegiate athletics,” International Review for the Sociology of Sport, pp. 1-18.

Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2015, “Mentorship of black student-athletes at a predominately white American university: Critical race theory perspective on student-athlete development,” Sport, Education & Society, pp. 1-19.

Clark, L., Harrison, L. Jr., & Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2015, “Generations: Academic and athletic integration of a southern PWI basketball program,” Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, pp. 281-291.

Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2014, “Lifting the veil: Exploring colorblind racism in black student athlete experiences,” Journal of Sport & Social Issues, pp. 1-19.

Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2014, “Game Changers: The role athletic identity and racial identity play on academic performance,” Journal of College Student Development, 55(8), pp. 795-807

Bimper Jr., A. Y., Harrison, L. Jr., & Clark, L., 2012, “Diamonds in the rough: Examining a case of successful black male student athletes in college sport,” The Journal of Black Psychology, 39(2), pp. 107-130.

Bimper Jr., A.Y., & Harrison, L., Jr., 2011, “Meet me at the crossroads: African American athletic and racial identity,” Quest, 63(3), pp. 275-288.

Harrison, L., Jr., Sailes, G., Rotich, W. K., & Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2011, “Living the dream or awakening from the nightmare: Race and athletic identity,” Race, Ethnicity and Education14(1), pp. 91-103.


Non-Refereed Journal Articles/Chapters:

Harrison, L., Jr., Bimper Jr., A. Y., Smith, M., & Clark, L., 2017. “By any means necessary: The Albert Means University of Alabama recruiting scandal,” In: Scandals in College Sports, S. R. Harper & J. K. Donnor (Eds). New York: Routledge. pp. 32-40.

Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2015, “Black pioneers: Transformations of the color line across the line-of-scrimmage,” In: Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present, L. Frickman, J. Hartz, & D. M. Knapp (Eds.), Portland, OR: Brown Printing Co., pp. 29-33.

Harrison, L., Jr. & Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2013, “Race, ethnicity, and sport,” In: Race, Ethnicity, and Leisure, M. Stodolska, K. J. Shinew, M. F. Floyd, & G. J. Walker (Eds.), Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, pp. 215-227.

Harrison, L., Jr., Sailes, G., Rotich, W. K., Bimper Jr., A. Y., 2011, “Living the dream awakening from the nightmare,” In: The Education of Black Males in a “Post-Racial” World, A. L. Brown & J. K. Donner (Eds.), New York: Routledge, pp. 91-101.


  • ETST 380A1 African American’s in Sports

  • ETST 380A3 Inclusive Sports Organizations