DAPHNE, Ala. – Alumna Dr. Karla Faye Jones said the United States Sports Academy’s knowledgeable, experienced faculty and flexible scheduling options were important factors in her decision to obtain a doctoral degree from the Academy.
And the decision turned out to be the right one, she says.
“So far, my greatest professional accomplishment is becoming the chair of the Health and Physical Education department soon after graduating with my doctorate from the United States Sports Academy,” Jones said.
Jones, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management with a sports marketing emphasis from the Academy in 2015.
Jones serves as the chair of the Health and Physical Education Department and the chair of the Worksite Wellness Committee at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte. She also teaches sport management students at Charlotte-area schools Johnson C. Smith University and Queens University of Charlotte.
“Attending a school that focuses primarily on sports was the best decision for me, and I believe it is the best decision for any student looking to acquire a degree in sport management,” Jones said.
“The Academy had professors who were either educators knowledgeable within sport management or professionals within the sports industry.
Along with the Academy’s experienced faculty, Jones said its flexible scheduling made the decision to pick the Academy for her doctoral studies an easy one.
“As an adult pursuing a doctorate degree, attending the Academy was the best route for me,” she said. “I enjoyed being able to work at my own pace and take courses as needed. I had the continuous support from my instructions and my advisor, which is important.
“I was excited to be on the right path to acquiring my doctoral degree. The courses that I took were beneficial to my learning process and my aspirations to conduct and publish research within the field of sport marketing.
“In addition, the mentorship within sport management was a great addition to the Academy’s program and the dissertation processes were structured and were carried out very smoothly. My dissertation committee members were all experts within the field and made my experience ideal.”
Jones plans and organizes the activities of her instructional area and provides responsible staff support to the division director at CPCC. In addition to teaching, she organizes and develops new program courses and program certificates. She is responsible for supervising, hiring, evaluation, training employees, and overseeing students and classroom sections.
She also provides CPCC and its surrounding community with wellness opportunities that support their desire to make healthy lifestyle choices through a multifaceted program with education, physical activities, health and nutrition workshops, screenings and opportunities within the Charlotte community.
“I enjoy being able to manage the Health & Physical Education department and the worksite wellness committee here at CPCC,” Jones said. “I have been able to work with other departments, create new initiatives, incorporate new technology into the curriculum, and work within the field that I love.”
Prior to joining the CPCC administration, Jones worked in the athletics director’s office and in the sports marketing department at East Carolina University (ECU), where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also worked on the security team for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats organization. Jones said she would eventually like to work as a dean or provost at a university.
Jones was recently elected to serve on the East Carolina University Board of Directors and named to the East Carolina University ‘top 40 under 40 alumni’ in 2015. She also started the Karla Faye Jones Scholarship in Kinesiology at ECU.
The United States Sports 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.