Academy National Faculty Member Finds Satisfaction in International Teaching

By February 12, 2016News & Events
Opening ceremonies on 14 February 2016 in Dubai for the United Arab Emirates Football Association’s (UAEFA) Football Association Academy for Sports Management (FAASM) were attended by HE Yousuf Al Serkal, president of the UAEFA, second from right; Joe Harlan, adjunct faculty member of the United States Sports Academy (USSA), third from left; and many officials of the UAEFA. A recent agreement between USSA, its Emirati colleagues and the UAEFA led to the development of the FAASM, which includes football (soccer) certification programs that offer professional preparation and training designed to meet the needs of coaches, athletes, administrators and operatives at all levels in the UAE football club system.

Opening ceremonies on 14 February 2016 in Dubai for the United Arab Emirates Football Association’s (UAEFA) Football Association Academy for Sports Management (FAASM) were attended by HE Yousuf Al Serkal, president of the UAEFA, second from right; Joe Harlan, National Faculty member of the United States Sports Academy (USSA), third from left; and many officials of the UAEFA. A recent agreement between USSA, its Emirati colleagues and the UAEFA led to the development of the FAASM, which includes football (soccer) certification programs that offer professional preparation and training designed to meet the needs of coaches, athletes, administrators and operatives at all levels in the UAE football club system.

Serving on the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty offers sport education professionals the opportunity for a rich and diverse international experience, a fact well illustrated by the work of Joe Harlan.

Harlan, from Las Vegas, Nev., is an experienced college athletic administrator, coach, and instructor. He teaches sport management courses and recently has taught for the Academy in three countries — Malaysia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“International teaching with the United States Sports Academy has allowed me to travel to new countries and learn a great deal about new cultures, all while adding valuable teaching experiences to my resume,” Harlan said.

“International students are fantastic to work with and extremely grateful to have new educational experiences with foreign instructors. When on an international assignment everyone comes together to meet common goals. If you are truly open to new things, you can learn a lot about new cultures and people while doing rewarding and valuable work.

“You also get the satisfaction of delivering valuable educational programs to international students who are hungry to learn.

“Each program has been a great combination of both personal and professional growth.”

Harlan is currently serving as one of the lead-off faculty for a new project in which the Academy is playing a role in the development of football (soccer) administrators in the United Arab Emirates in cooperation with the UAE Football Association.

Harlan has also served the Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, where he has helped educate sports leaders under the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) and International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) programs with the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Harlan has served the Academy in Malaysia under two programs. He has taught in the International Diploma in Physical Education and Sport Coaching (IDPESC) program, which is designed to enhance the quality of physical education teaching and sport coaching, as well as the Academy’s program to enhance Malaysia’s National Service Training Program for youth who have completed secondary school.

“I am really happy to have been able to gain many valuable experiences teaching internationally through the United States Sports Academy,” Harlan said.

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.