DAPHNE, Ala. — United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Bonnie Tiell has been named Woman of the Year in Sports by Women in Sports and Events (WISE) of Cleveland, Ohio.
She has also been named a regional recipient of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which makes her a candidate for the council’s top International Teaching Excellence award to be announced in June.
Tiell is professor of sport management at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. She earned her Doctor of Sports Management from the Academy in 2004 and was named Academy Alumnus of the Year in 2014. She is a member of the Academy’s National Faculty.
In announcing the award for Woman of the Year in Sports, WISE said Tiell “exemplifies a steadfast commitment to service through sport at the local, national, and international level.”
Regarding her teaching award, Dr. Maneesh Sharma, dean of the School of Business and professor of finance at Tiffin, said Tiell “has excelled in the classroom; is current with her scholarship; and has been a great citizen of the academy as well as of the world. Above all, she has demonstrated the needed care and concern for student welfare so essential in today’s competitive and global academic environment.”
Tiell says her doctorate from the Academy has been vital to her success.
“Obtaining a doctorate from the United States Sports Academy was a long-time dream and once the distance learning option was available, 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, which was the intended goal. Another way the Academy enhanced my career was by providing the foundation to connect with fellow alumni who helped open doors to international opportunities with the Olympics.
“The faculty at the Academy are exceptional leaders in sport academia. They share a passion for inspiring excellence and developing sport business professionals,” Tiell added.
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 founder and co-director of the Olympic Academic Experience, 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.
Tiell is supervising groundbreaking research before and during this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to assess cultural implications on the perception of safety and health issues and decisions to attend the Rio Games.
Tiell is one of a select few non-Olympians to participate in a quadrennial Congress for the World Olympians Association as a liaison to the Education Committee. She has worked with one of the vice presidents at the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens to spread domestic violence education to high schools and colleges. She also has collaborated with Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians to initiate and grow a sales competition and career exploration program for area universities which has resulted in several job offers.
A published scholar, she is co-authoring a textbook for Jones & Bartlett on “Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach.” Currently a professor of sport management at Tiffin University, she formerly served as dean of Graduate Education, NCAA faculty representative, assistant athletic director, and head coach of three sports — volleyball, tennis, and softball — two of which qualified for nationals. Tiell has traveled across five continents speaking and delivering sport education programs.
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.
Women in Sports and Events of Cleveland strives for empowerment and career advancement through socialization, education, networking and mentoring programs and events. This year, the organization named two Women of the Year in Sports. Tiell’s co-honoree is Julie Work, a senior administrator at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. The council has 1,225 member campuses.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally 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. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.