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Lawrence-Benedict, Heather

Associate Professor; Associate Dean of Graduate Programs; Robert H. Freeman Professor in Business

Sports Administration
Copeland 614G
740-597-1520
lawrench@ohio.edu
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Education

Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Florida, 2003 

M.E.S.S., Sport Management, University of Florida, 1999 

B.S., Sport Management, University of Florida, 1998 

Biography

Dr. Heather Lawrence is an Associate Professor of Sports Administration, Academic Director of Graduate Programs, and Robert H. Freeman Professor of Business in the College of Business at Ohio University. While previously serving as Director of the Professional Masters in Sports Administration program, the program earned the #1 Worldwide ranking by SportBusiness International in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Heather earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and also received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Florida. 

Prior to beginning her academic career, Dr. Lawrence worked in various administrative positions within intercollegiate athletics at Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Florida. Her sport industry responsibilities have included working in NCAA compliance, facility management, construction/renovation management, general administration, event operations, and as a sport supervisor. 

Dr. Lawrence teaches in the areas of Event and Facility and Event Management, Diversity and Sport, and supervises student consulting projects. She has also served as a visiting professor at Instituto de Empressa in Spain, taught in the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership in Dubai and at UPG in India as part of the Certification in International Sport Management, as well as served as a guest at Beijing Sport University. Heather has received numerous teaching awards including the University Professor Award at Ohio University and the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Business at Instituto de Empressa.

Dr. Lawrence has published and presented extensively in the areas of premium seating in professional sport, gender and sport, and intercollegiate athletics leadership and finance. She is also co-editor of the textbook, Event Management Blueprint, now published in a 2nd Edition.

As an athlete, Heather was a United States Diving National Team Member, NCAA All-American, SEC Champion, and Can-Am-Mex International medalist. She was inducted into the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009.

Research Interests

Intercollegiate Athletics

Premium Seating in Professional Sport

Gender and Sport

Professional Experience

Ohio University College of Business, Academic Director, Graduate Programs (July 2016 – present); Director, Professional Masters of Sports Administration (April 2010 – July 2016); Associate Professor (Sept 2010 – present); Assistant Professor (Sept 2005 – Aug 2010); Robert H. Freeman Professor in Business (2011-13)(2016-19); AECOM Professor of Sport Business (2013-16) 

Instituto de Empresa (IE), Visiting Professor, Global MBA+/Executive MBA+ (Aug 2009 –April 2013)

Lawrence-Benedict Consulting (Dec 2015 – present)

Southeastern Louisiana University, Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator (Oct 2003- July 2005); Assistant Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator (Oct 2002- Sept 2003)

University of Florida, Coordinator, Carse Complex and Operations (Jan 2001- Sept 2002); Administrative Assistant (May 1999- Dec 2000); Graduate Assistant - NCAA Compliance (Aug 1998- April 1999); Volunteer - NCAA Compliance (June 1998- July 1998); Intern - NCAA Compliance (Jan 1998 - May 1998)

Recent Publications

Burton, R., Hirshman, J., O’Reilly, N., Dolich, A., & Lawrence, H. J. (book in progress). The 20 secrets of success for a student-athlete who won’t go pro. Ohio University Press. 

Lawrence, H. J. & Kopka, N. (2016, September). Activating college students and academic units. National Association of Sports Commissions Playbook, 9-10

Lawrence, H.J. & Wells, M. (Eds.). (2015). Event management blueprint: Creating and managing successful sports events (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Lawrence, H. J. & Goldfine, B. (2014). Event management. Foundations of Sport Management (3rd Ed). In Gillentine, A. & Crow, B. R. (Eds.). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Pierce, D. & Lawrence, H. J., Johnson, J., & Ridley, M. (2013). Selling the best seats in the house: Content analysis of premium sales position announcements. Journal of Venue and Event Management. 4(2), 2-13.

Lawrence, H. J. (2013). The impact of intercollegiate athletics financial inequalities. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. 6, 25-43.

Clavio, G. E., Kaburakis, A., Pierce, D. O., Walsh, P., & Lawrence, H. J. (2013). College athlete representations in sports video games. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. 6, 57-80

Lawrence, H. J., & Contorno, R., & Steffek, B. (2013). Selling premium seating in today’s sport marketplace. Sport Marketing Quarterly. 22(1), 9-19.

Titlebuam, P., Lawrence, H. J., Moberg, C, and Ramos, C. (2013). Fortune 100 Companies: Insight into premium seating ownership. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 22(1), 48-58.

Lawrence, H. J., Li, M., Regas, J. & Kander, J. (2012). National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Directors’ Cup standings: Predictors of success. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 5, 207-224.

Lawrence, H. J. (2012). Managing events (pp. 212- 231). The Handbook of College Athletics and Recreation Administration. In McClellan, G. S., King, C., & Rockey, D. L. (Eds.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Lawrence, H.J. & Wells, M. (Eds.). (2009). Event management blueprint: Creating and managing successful sports events. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Awards

Robert H. Freeman Professor of Business (competitive College of Business Award), 2011-2013; 2016

AECOM Professor of Sport Business, 2013-2016

OHIO Newsmakers Recognition (receiving national attention for research), 2015

National Sports Forum (NSF) Business of Diversity in Sports and Entertainment (BDSE) program participant (competitive selection), 2015

Ohio University Presidential Teaching Award, Nominated 2010, 2014, 2015

Instituto de Empressa (IE) College of Business Masters in Sport Management Best Professor Award, 2013

Instituto de Empressa (IE) College of Business Masters in Sport Management Excellence in Teaching Recognition, 2013

Faculty Excellence in Professional Activity and Service (College of Business), 2013

Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Faculty, Nominated 2012-13

Instituto de Empressa (IE) College of Business Masters in Sport Management Outstanding Teacher Award, 2011

Ohio University Recreation and Sport Sciences Nominee for the College of Health and Human Services Exemplary Teacher Award, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Alumni Hall of Fame, Inducted 2009

University Professor Designation (undergraduate teaching honor awarded to 5 faculty annually), 2007-08

Ohio University Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, 2006-07

AAU, Inc. Aquatics Committee National Award, 2006

Ohio University Guest Football Coach, September 30, 2006

James W. Kynes Memorial Scholarship, 1998, 2000, 2001

University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Student Hall of Fame Inductee, 1999

GTE Academic National All-American, 1998

NCAA Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship, 1998

Biography

Dr. Heather Lawrence is an Associate Professor of Sports Administration, Academic Director of Graduate Programs, and Robert H. Freeman Professor of Business in the College of Business at Ohio University. While previously serving as Director of the Professional Masters in Sports Administration program, the program earned the #1 Worldwide ranking by SportBusiness International in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Heather earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and also received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Florida. 

Prior to beginning her academic career, Dr. Lawrence worked in various administrative positions within intercollegiate athletics at Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Florida. Her sport industry responsibilities have included working in NCAA compliance, facility management, construction/renovation management, general administration, event operations, and as a sport supervisor. 

Dr. Lawrence teaches in the areas of Event and Facility and Event Management, Diversity and Sport, and supervises student consulting projects. She has also served as a visiting professor at Instituto de Empressa in Spain, taught in the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership in Dubai and at UPG in India as part of the Certification in International Sport Management, as well as served as a guest at Beijing Sport University. Heather has received numerous teaching awards including the University Professor Award at Ohio University and the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Business at Instituto de Empressa.

Dr. Lawrence has published and presented extensively in the areas of premium seating in professional sport, gender and sport, and intercollegiate athletics leadership and finance. She is also co-editor of the textbook, Event Management Blueprint, now published in a 2nd Edition.

As an athlete, Heather was a United States Diving National Team Member, NCAA All-American, SEC Champion, and Can-Am-Mex International medalist. She was inducted into the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009.