Q&A with Amanda Paule-Koba

Q&A with DR. amanda paule-koba

Dr. Amanda Paule-Koba

Associate Professor, Sport Management

School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies

Years at BGSU: 10

Alma mater(s):

Miami University – B.S., 2002
Miami University – M.S., 2004
Michigan State University – Ph.D., 2008

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Research interest:

Issues in intercollegiate athletics, academic clustering and gender equity

Paule Koba AmandaQ&A With Amanda Paule-Koba

What is your favorite part about teaching?

I love connecting with students and helping them figure out the segment of the industry they want to work in after graduation. I’ve been fortunate to have so many amazing students over the years that I still keep in touch with. Watching their transformation from undergraduates to industry leaders makes me really proud to say that I played a small part in their success.  

What advice would you give to students heading out into the real world?

It’s go time. It’s time to hustle because there is always someone ready to take your spot. Just because you landed your first job doesn’t mean you’ve made it, so you need to keep working and use all the tools you were given during your years at BGSU.

What is your greatest academic achievement so far?

My greatest academic achievement was writing my textbook, "Sport Facility and Event Management," with my co-authors Tommy Aicher and Brianne Newland. It took many years to accomplish, but to see it in print and in my hands was a fantastic feeling.

Why did you decide to come to BGSU and teach in EDHD?

When I heard that the sport management program had a faculty position available I immediately jumped on it. BGSU has one of the top sport management programs in the country, so the opportunity to work alongside internationally known faculty in a program of this caliber was too good to pass up.  

How did you get started in your field?

I never thought I would get a master's, let alone a Ph.D. I decided to stay at Miami to get my master's, and it was during my first semester there that I found an area of research that I was really interested in and wanted to continue to study. Thankfully, I had two amazing faculty mentors who instilled in me a great foundation for getting my Ph.D. and becoming a faculty member.   

What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?

I honestly cannot recall just one thing, but I would tell students now to broaden their world by studying abroad. I did Semester at Sea, and it opened my eyes to what other countries and cultures were like. It truly makes you realize how fortunate we are to live in the United States and it gives you a more global perspective on everything which will aid in their careers.