Meet Your Instructor: Joel Cormier, associate professor, EKU Sport Management

EKU Online > Meet Your Instructor: Joel Cormier, associate professor, EKU Sport Management

Joel Cormier believes in accessibility and taking an active part in his student’s educational experience. He goes above and beyond to ensure his online students have just as much opportunity to interact and build a relationship with him as their on-campus counterparts. Cormier’s personal attention and dedication to helping students feel connected and valued makes him a particular point of pride on EKU’s campuses, both in-person and virtual. We take great pride in offering the chance to get to know him a little better.

What brought you to EKU?

After my first academic position in the Northeast, I was searching for a school that valued teaching and service. EKU fit the description perfectly.

Tell us a little about your work in your field.

Besides teaching, I have several years of experience working in sport governance, college athletics and coaching.

What moment at EKU stands out as most memorable?

Playing for the Bourbon Barrel Midnight hockey game title and beating UK (twice) in front of a packed, raucous crowd.

What is your approach to online teaching?

With the assistance of the excellent instructional designers, I approach online teaching with student’s needs and the best possible student experience in mind.

What tactics or approaches do you use to aid in your student’s success?

I think the most important tactic is to remember the students in online programs are often coming to us with families and jobs. When students  know that you are willing to work with them, they are more likely to stay motivated to finish the work.

What do you believe are the biggest advantages to online learning?

The biggest advantage is the flexibility to complete the work when the student has free time. 

What have you been up to lately? (Research, projects, awards, etc.)

I just finished writing my second book. I have also recently gained acceptance to present on hybrid teaching strategy at the highly coveted North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) conference in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2022.

What advice would you give to someone who’s considering finishing their degree, or starting for the first time as an adult?

Make sure you set aside time, and if possible, workspace in your home specific to the classes. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors… we are human, too!

Parting Thoughts?

Sport management is all about contacts. Don’t underestimate the importance of gaining experience through volunteering and a good internship.

Interested in a bachelor’s degree in sport management?

Earn your online bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university that has been an online education leader for over 15 years. Our flexible, online format provides students the ability to complete coursework and assignments according to their schedule.

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