The North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) presented University of South Carolina professor Mark Nagel of the University of South Carolina College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) the 2016 Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award for his remarkable teaching and learning contributions.
“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award,” Nagel says. “I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate students during my 10 years at USC and I look forward to many more years of helping our programs prepare alumni who are ready to make their mark in the sport and entertainment industry.”
The award is given to an educator who demonstrates educational distinction and innovation, as well as commitment to improvement in teaching and professional learning, as determined by NASSM.
“Innovative teaching is Dr. Nagel’s strength,” says Matt Brown, chair of the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. “He excels in teaching and research while also excelling as an advisor and mentor to our department’s students.”
Nagel uses fantasy sports as a method of teaching financial concepts and management principles, Brown says. Nagel also offers study abroad opportunities for students to explore management practices in Europe.
“Mark deserves this honor and award in every way,” Dean Haemoon Oh of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, says. “He has been making a sustained contribution to, and an irreplaceable impact on, this growing field of sport and entertainment management through his teaching, research, books and service leadership.”
Brown says Nagel’s students absorb his passion for the material and benefit from time spent with him, and Nagel reserves time to foster his mentoring relationships with his students.
“Though we do not invest time in our teaching to receive awards, it is a great feeling to be recognized by the academic community for my efforts,” Nagel says. “I hope my students are aware of the positive impact they have made in my life.”