United States Sports Academy alumna and national faculty member Dr. Bonnie Tiell took part in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week as a panelist for the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) “Women’s Dugout” event in Cleveland, Ohio.
The “Women’s Dugout” event was held as a gathering for women early in their sport careers and veteran women executives to meet at MLB’s All-Star Game in July in Cleveland. Tiell was part of a panel of former WISE Cleveland Women of the Year honorees.
Tiell is a professor of sports management at Tiffin (Ohio) University. She earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management and human resources from the Academy. She was also recognized as the institution’s 2014 Alumna of Year.
“Obtaining a doctorate from the United States Sports Academy was a long-time dream and it was an easy decision to take advantage of the quality and convenience the online format offered,” Tiell said. “Within months of receiving my doctorate, I was offered a full-time faculty position at Tiffin University.”
As a member of the Academy’s national faculty – a distinguished group of instructors credentialed to teach the institution’s international sports education programs abroad – she has taught in Bangkok, Thailand, several times, including most recently in March 2019.
“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 works with members of the World Olympians Association, which has supervised educational programs at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece; Beijing, China; London, England; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has presented research, taught, or collaborated on sports projects throughout five continents and has extensive publishing experience.
She is the co-founder of the NCAA/NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium serving almost 1,500 female students and aspiring administrators in college athletics. At Tiffin University, Tiell has served as Dean of Graduate Education, NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, MBA Chairperson, Senior Woman Administrator, Assistant Athletic Director, and Head Coach for volleyball, softball (national qualifier 1993) and tennis (national qualifier 2003).
As a former recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs, Tiell is also a member of the Tiffin University Athletic Hall of Fame and recipient of the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Donahue Service Award.
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 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.
WISE — Women in Sports and Events — is the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports. Through a combination of programming and online tools designed to provoke thought, personal and professional growth, and engagement.