This study addressed the use of humor as a means to improve the academic success of college student-athletes. Student-athletes are often mistakenly viewed as the “privileged few” and hence do not deserve to be treated as a typical student. Academically speaking, however, scores for student-athletes and their graduation rates tend to be lower than other students. Humor can have cognitive and physiological abilities that would be useful to student-athletes and individuals who work with them. Humor may also enhance the educational process by helping students retain lecture material and boosting self-esteem. To determine the effectiveness of humor as a teaching strategy, 38 studentathletes from a Research One, predominately White, NCAA Division- One University participated in a two-hour training session on mentoring. After random assignment, the control group received a strict lecture format.
Pamela Dath received her Ph.D in Psychosocial Studies at the University of Chicago in 2004. She is now working as assistant professor at the university of Pennsylvania. Her researches are normally based on teaching.