Mary holds a PhD in Sport Management from Ohio State University, an M.A. in Athletic Administration and an MBA from the University of Iowa, as well as a BBA in Management from the University of Notre Dame. In 2009, Hums was selected as the North American Society for Sport Management’s Earle F. Zeigler Lecturer, the organisation’s most prestigious academic honour. In 2008, she was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting International Scholar at Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium. In 2006, the United States Olympic Committee selected her to represent the United States at the International Olympic Academy Educators Session in Olympia, Greece. She worked at the 1996, 2002, 2004, and 2010 Paralympic Games.
In addition to co-authoring five sport management textbooks, Mary has made over 150 presentations to various scholarly associations both in the United States and abroad. She was a co-contributor to Article 30.5 of the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and co-editor of two ICSSPE Bulletin Special Issues – one on sport and human rights, and the other on athletes and social change. Her main research interest is policy development in sport organisations, especially regarding the inclusion of people with disabilities and sport and human rights. Mary also serves on the Advisory Council for the Olympism and Development Center at Brown University, and is a Research Fellow for the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston, MA.
She believes strongly in the good work S4S UK does by using sport to promote social change.