Heather Gilmour head shot
  • Doctor of Education, UMass-Boston, Boston, MA, 2013
  • Master of Education, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, 1998

Gilmour comes to Springfield College after serving in a one-year appointment during the 2018-19 academic year. Prior to her arrival on campus, she had been at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., as assistant professor of sport management for four years. Gilmour spent 13 years working within college athletics as a Division II and III coach and administrator prior to her transition into the classroom. It is this previous professional experience that Gilmour uses as the foundation for all her teaching, creating real-world, practical learning opportunities for her students. Over the years, she has taught not only introductory sport management courses, but also, Venue and Personnel Management, Sport Ethics, Leadership, Athletic Administration, and Event Management. She received her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from University of Massachusetts at Boston, and consequently has significant interest in teaching and learning in the classroom. Expect her courses to be very experiential in nature, with an emphasis on community-based learning and research. She enjoys finding a variety of ways to integrate students’ perspectives and leadership styles into classroom activities in ways that enhance learning opportunities for everyone. Gilmour hopes to expand her research on the impact of service-learning for meeting course outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Community engagement
  • Social justice
  • College athletics
  • Women in sport

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Event Management
  • Seminar in Professionalism in Sport
  • Venue and Personnel Management
  • Sport Ethics
  • Sport Leadership


  • National Campus Compact Conference, Poster Presentation (March, 2018), Indianapolis, IN
  • Teaching Professor Conference (June, 2018), Atlanta, GA
  • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (February, 2019), Atlanta, GA