DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumna and honoree Dr. Bonnie Tiell recently earned the Provost Award, the highest annual honor given to a faculty member at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio.
Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004, is a professor of sport management at Tiffin University. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance.
She is the founder and co-director of the Olympic Academic Experience (OAE), a program through Tiffin University that offers students from around the world the opportunity for on-site study of the organization, supervision, and management of international sport venues and elite competition in an Olympic host city.
She is also co-founder of a humanitarian program for underprivileged youth in Olympic host cities with fellow United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, who serves as co-director.
“Receiving Tiffin University’s highest faculty honor validates my never-ending quest to positively represent the university within the community and in front of a national or global audience,” Tiell said. “It is a privilege and pleasure to serve the university in many areas that extend beyond my assigned faculty and committee duties.”
Tiell was named Academy Alumnus of the Year in 2014. She is a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, a prestigious group of educators who teach the Academy’s international programs abroad. She used her Academy degree to earn a collegiate faculty position after serving Tiffin as assistant athletic director and head coach of three sports – volleyball, tennis, and softball.
“The United States Sports Academy assisted in my transition from coaching and athletic administration to a full-time faculty position,” Tiell said. “I also began leveraging relationships with fellow students, alumni, and faculty at the Academy to assist in strengthening a network of industry professionals.
“I was 100 percent focused on earning my doctorate from an accredited institution that focused specifically on the sports industry,” she said. “The program was tailored to fit my needs as a professor and helped fuel my ambition to connect with sport professionals around the globe.”
Tiell is co-founder and co-director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association/National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NCAA/NACWAA) Women’s Leadership Symposium. The symposium facilitates the entry, retention, and advancement of females in intercollegiate athletics.
Tiell is spearheading a “Salute to Olympians” week in Tiffin, Ohio next fall which will feature a slate of activities involving Olympic athletes and coaches from multiple countries
A published scholar, Tiell authored a textbook for Jones & Bartlett on “Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach” in 2017. The book features best practices, case studies, global spotlights and industry voices from respected executives from every facet of the sports industry. Tiell has traveled across five continents speaking and delivering sport education programs.
“I hope I can help make dreams come true for aspiring students and young professionals by leveraging relationships I have formed in the global sport community,” she said.
In 2016, Tiell was recognized as Woman of the Year in Sports by the Cleveland Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). In the same year, she was the recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). She also led a group of 17 students and scholars in the 4th Olympic Academic Experience during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
In April 2017, Tiell participated in the Academy’s program to teach sports management to students from the Sports Authority of Thailand in Bangkok. She taught the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management program, which prepares participants for leadership roles in sport.
In addition to her doctorate from the Academy, she holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Troy University and a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.
The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala. For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.