Bonnie Tiell teaches in Thailand

Dr. Bonnie Tiell, a United States Sports Academy National Faculty member and doctoral graduate, teaches students at the Sports Authority of Thailand in Bangkok.

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy national faculty member Dr. Bonnie Tiell of Tiffin, Ohio, recently took part in the Academy’s program to teach sports management to students from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) in Bangkok.

Tiell, Professor of Sports Management at Tiffin University, is recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports. She taught the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program in Bangkok, a program that has been in place for more than a decade. She earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Troy University, a Master of Sport Administration degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Education degree in Sport Management and Human Resources from the United States Sports Academy, where she was recognized as the 2014 Alumna of Year.

The ICSM, along with the Academy’s International Certification for Sports Coaching (ICSC) program, prepare participants for leadership roles in sport. The ICSC program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the ICSM program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities.

Bonnie Tiell with Thailand class

Dr. Bonnie Tiell, center, a United States Sports Academy National Faculty member and doctoral graduate, poses with students at the Sports Authority of Thailand in Bangkok.

“The hospitality and support from the Sports Authority of Thailand and the division of tourism were the primary reasons I wouldn’t hesitate to return to Bangkok either on a work assignment or simply to visit the beautiful country for a vacation or holiday,” Tiell said. “I was impressed with the quality of the participants pursuing the international certificate in sport administration. Students represented all facets of sport and military ranging from the ice hockey association of Thailand to the Royal Aeronautics Association to the Royal Thai Air force.”

Approximately 50 students annually are drawn from the SAT and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend each of the certification programs, with a total of 100 students involved each year.  Following the conclusion of the classroom portion of the program, which is provided by Academy instructors, the SAT selects the best students from each program for a special study tour of sport in America. A delegation of approximately 15 students and administrators from the SAT takes part in an educational tour of various sports organizations and venues for two weeks from coast to coast in the United States, including a visit to the Academy.

Coursework for 2017 began in January and runs through June, followed by the sports study tour in September. The Academy and the SAT have a Memorandum of Understanding to extend cooperation in sports education and training through 2020.

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.

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