Exec. Director, Center for Community Engagement
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Massachusetts Boston
M.Ed., Sport Management, East Stroudsburg University
Professor Gilmour has worked in college athletics at both Division II and Division III institutions as a coach and an administrator for more than a decade and brings her experiences into the classroom through case studies.
She came to teaching when she realized that this is what she loved about coaching. “Now that I am faculty, I approach my students the same way I did my players, in that I assess their strengths and areas for improvement, and then help them understand the ‘game,’ the assignment or information, in a way that will help them to meet their goals and be successful.”
It is how pervasive sport has become throughout society that makes the field so interesting. “It is both fun and exciting to learn about how sport can impact culture, business, economies and education. While I am a sports fan, what I enjoy most about the discipline is that it is ever-changing and full of surprises, but also challenges.”
Professor Gilmour instills in her students how competitive the sport industry has become and how important internships are. “You must be willing to work hard. There are so many people who want to work in a sporting field, you must be willing to go the extra mile, and take advantage of all opportunities. That is why we give our students game management experience immediately in their first semester, and keep them engaged in field all the way through to their internship.”
She takes pride in helping students take their passion for sports and turn it into a career. “So often students have no idea what they want to do, but they know they love a particular sport, and so they chose our major. The moment they realize that they can spend their life ‘working’ at something they enjoy and is meaningful to them; that is my reward.”
Professor Gilmour teaches Introduction to Sport Management, Sport Practicum, Principles and Problems of Coaching, Event Planning and Production, Athletic Facility Management and a Contemporary Issues in Sport.