M.A., Communication - University of South Alabama - Mobile, AL
B.A., Communication (Radio/TV/Film) - Business - University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Degrees in progress:
Ph.D., Communication/Sport Management - Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
M.S., Sport Law - University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
Erin was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Pensacola, FL. After a stint on the air and in executive positions in media, she returned to complete her B.A. and M.A. at the University of South Alabama, where her advisors (perhaps unwisely) encouraged her to pursue research interests at the intersections of sport and identity, gender, public, memory, history, the first amendment, and media. This carried into a doctoral program at FSU, in which she continued to study these areas, and upon realizing all she and her colleagues were doing was talking about what was wrong instead of fixing it, she added the missing link: social activism. Enter the University of Florida, where she is now pursuing a second masters in Sport Law with the end goal of a career in sport non-profit work to accompany her teaching. There really is an end goal to all these degrees, no matter what Erin's mom thinks.
Erin has taught face-to-face and online at Florida State, South Alabama, Auburn University at Montgomery, Faulkner State University, Everglades University, and the University of Arkansas-Jonesboro. She has also worked as a private tutor for graduate students and professional baseball players completing their degrees while on the road. During her academic endeavors, she has founded and directed sports promotions and sports media groups at the University of South Alabama and Auburn at Montgomery.
Outside academics, Erin works with Major League Baseball Youth Programs such as Pitch, Hit & Run, the league's youth skills competition. She has served as the Social Media and Promotions Director for this event as well as Associate Coordinator. She is also currently the Director of Communications for an historic Episcopal Church in Florida. If she ever finds time, she runs social media and writes for waitilleatthat.com.
Courses Taught: Interpersonal Communication; Public Speaking; Organizational Management and Leadership in Sport; Introduction to Human Communication; Media Techniques; Writing for Media; Contemporary Human Communication; Sport Media; Fundamentals of Speech; Broadcast Journalism; Media, Sports, and Society; Media, Culture, and the Environment; Concepts of Athletic Training