June 07, 2017

Meet Your Faculty - Professor Windy Dees

The faculty who teach the University of Miami’s online courses come from different backgrounds and are experts in vastly different fields, but they all have one key character trait in common: they share a deep sense of responsibility to equip students with the tools needed to be successful. In a new series of blog posts, we will be putting a spotlight on faculty members from different UOnline graduate programs. First up, Professor Windy Dees, Ph.D.

Professor Dees is an expert on event sponsorships, marketing and branding, a frequent contributor to sport and tourism research journals, a well-respected sport industry influencer and avid tweeter. In fact, she was recently recognized as a top social influencer among sport business professionals. She is also a top-ranked professor for the online Master’s of Sport Administration program at the University of Miami.

A professor at UM since 2010, Dr. Dees completed her undergraduate degree at Rollins College where she was an All-American tennis player. She received a master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida and a doctoral degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University.

As a member of the University of Miami faculty, she has published a multitude of book chapters on sport business. She was a contributing author to International Sport Business, Law for Recreation and Sport Managers, Fifth Edition and Contemporary Sport Management, Sixth Edition. She has also published 20+ peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and served on 10+ editorial review boards for publications.

She is currently serving on the Executive Board for the Sport Marketing Association, the Editorial Board for Sport Marketing Quarterly, and is the Executive Editor of the Global Sport Business Journal. She is frequently asked to provide her expert opinion to media outlets such as Forbes.com and BleacherReport.com, as well as being featured on sports radio and podcasts.

She is an inaugural member of the online Master’s in Sport Administration faculty and currently teaches Principles of Sports Marketing (KIN 603) and Sport Sponsorship (KIN 605). In 2012, the Miami Hurricane Newspaper named Professor Dees as one of the Top 10 Professors at the University of Miami.

“I think her willingness to listen and advise, as well as her invaluable insight in the fields that she teaches make her an outstanding professor.” – Leslie Fitzpatrick, graduate Master’s in Sport Administration, Former World Cup Soccer Player Trinidad & Tobago.  

As a professor, Dr. Dees is dedicated to helping her students succeed in the sport industry. She frequently introduces them to her own network of industry insiders and experts and creates a classroom environment where students are encouraged to build contacts among their peers.

“If you come into the program without sport industry experience you will create a network right away with peers who work in the sport industry." - Professor Windy Dees, Ph.D.

Professor Dees ensures her online students receive the same quality of education that can be found on-campus. She frequently engages with students via the online learning portal and hosts online office hours. She also encourages students to visit the campus in-person for events such as student orientation or the Miami Sport Industry Conference.

“Dr. Dees' classes are unique, in that she communicates with each student as if you are in her classroom.  From my personal experience, my emails were all answered within 24 hours with most being answered the same day.  In Dr. Dees' courses, students just don't receive grades, students receive knowledge and constructive feedback on ways to improve.  Dr. Dees definitely pushes her students to utilize critical thinking skills.” – Stephen Bashore, graduate Master’s in Sport Administration, General Manager at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort.

As a UOnline faculty member, Professor Dees is there for her students and dedicated to their success inside and outside of the classroom.

“The quality of education is paramount to the University of Miami. The program is uniquely comprehensive, it is not just learning from a textbook.”- Professor Windy Dees, Ph.D.

 The University of Miami’s online, graduate degree programs provide you with the skills needed to advance your career, increase your earning potential, develop your business skills and grow your network. To find out more, call the advisors toll free on 800-411-2290 or visit the site for more information.