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Heather Gilmour

Assistant Professor & Department Chair


Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Boston, Higher Education Administration,
M.Ed., East Stroudsburg University, Sport Management

In recognition of her teaching expertise and ability to infuse service-learning into the classroom, Professor Gilmour was appointed Executive Director of The Center for Community Engagement in July 2016. She continues to teach Sport Management in the School of Business.

The Center reports to the President’s Office and engages the campus in curricular and co-curricular opportunities that expanded knowledge of social issues and create mutually beneficial partnerships with local, national, and global community partners. Under her leadership, the Center has grown, the community service-learning opportunities have widely expanded and community partnerships have grown substantially.

Gilmour successfully created the one-credit service-learning course, which acts as a “lab ” that can be added onto a pre-existing three-credit “host ” course, with faculty approval. She has worked to implement civic opportunities into her courses whenever possible, creating partnerships over the last two years with the Food Bank of Fall River, Rosie’s Place, Cradles to Crayons, Birthday Wishes, Boston Public Schools’ Athletic Departments and the Roslindale Community Center.

Professor Gilmour began her career 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. “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.

It is both fun and exciting to learn about how sport can impact culture, business, economies and education.