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Dr. Claudia Benavides-Espinoza

Dr. Claudia Benavides-Espinoza

Associate Professor

"I love the sport management industry. Teaching allows me to pass on what I know about it, learn more about it every day, and keep on attending events to stay current."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Texas A&M University, 2009
  • M.Ed. – Texas A&M University, 2007
  • B.S. – Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 2003

Career Highlights:

Leads student volunteer groups nationally and internationally. Men's Final Four, Super Bowl, Queen Elisabeth's Olympic Park are some in the list.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

MS in Sport Administration.

Which classes do you teach online?

Sports Communication, Sports in Society, Sports Marketing, Current Readings.

Why did you start teaching?

I love the sport management industry. Teaching allows me to pass on what I know about it, learn more about it every day, and keep on attending events to stay current.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

The owner is slave to the lender. Normal is broke, so be weird.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Experience is key—that is why I place a lot of emphasis on volunteering while getting a degree. Relevant hands-on volunteering will also help you figure out what you like and what you do not like about the profession before you graduate. There is nothing sadder than realizing a few years into a sales job you thought would be your dream job that you would rather be in philanthropy, for example. It can also help you network in different places in the sport industry so your possible future bosses know who you are when your resume hits their desk. In sum, start volunteering now.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Bible.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?

Networking, hands-on experience, assertiveness, and field knowledge.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

The economy is affecting the amount of jobs available at the moment. I have no doubt that would change as the economic climate improves, but in the meantime the competition is fierce.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I crashed Emmitt Smith's VIP party in Super Bowl XLIX and snuck unto the field in Super Bowl XLVII.

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