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Heather Lawrence, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
    Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
    Department Chair (interim), Sports Administration
  • Sports Administration
  • College of Business
  • lawrench@ohio.edu
  • 740-597-1520
  • 740-590-9463
  • Faculty Web page

Areas of Expertise:
Business, Business of Crossfit/Competitive Adult Sport, CrossFit, Diversity in Sport, For-profit Sport, Gender and Sport, Intercollegiate Athletics, Intercollegiate Sports, Premium Seating in Professional Sport, Sport Event Management, Sport Facility Management

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Dr. Heather Lawrence is the Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education, an Associate Professor of Sports Administration, and Robert H. Freeman Professor of Business in the College of Business at Ohio University. She also serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative for 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 multiple years. 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, served as a guest at Beijing Sport University, and as an invited guest to Saudi Arabia. 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-author of “20 Secrets for NCAA Student-Athletes Who Won’t Go Pro” and co-editor of “Event Management Blueprint: Creating and Managing Successful Sports Events,” now published in a 2 nd 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.

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