Professor of Kinesiology and Sport
Kinesiology and Sport Department
Associate Dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
Glenna G. Bower has two primary research areas of interest. The first is mentoring women in leadership positions within sport and the second is experiential learning. In addition, research teams sometimes request her assistance because of my expertise as a qualitative methodologist. Her methodology experience has included phenomenological, grounded theory, case study, and ethnography genres along with using a mixed method approach.
Glenna G. Bower is the Associate Dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education and the Chair and Professor in the Kinesiology and Sport Department at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with a concentration in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville, an M.A. in Physical Education with a concentration in Adult Fitness from Indiana State University and a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Southern Indiana with a minor in Psychology. Prior to becoming Chair and Associate Professor, Bower served as an Assistant Professor within the USI PE Department, an adjunct instructor in the Sport Administration Program at the University of Louisville, and as Assistant Director of Recreation Fitness and Wellness at USI. Bower also served in corporate fitness at Mead Johnson Nutritionals and General Electric in Evansville, IN and Ameritech in Chicago, IL.
Bower oversees all sport management, kinesiology and exercise science interns. In addition, Bower has taught many other courses within the sport management major including field experience in sport and physical activity, managing organizations for sport and physical activity, sport marketing, sport promotion and publicity, and sport facility management. Prior to teaching within the sport management program she taught courses in the kinesiology program which included methods of group exercise instruction and principles and application of fitness training. She oversees more than 120 advisees including all majors of sport management, kinesiology, exercise science, and physical education teaching.
Bower’s main research area is mentoring to advance women in leadership positions within sport. In addition to the textbook, Women as Leaders in Sport: Impact and Influence, Bower published three editions of the book entitled A Guide to Careers and Field Experiences in Sport and Physical Activity. Her other scholarly work includes five book chapters and 45 publications to a variety of journals such as the Sport Management Education Journal, Advancing Women in Leadership, Mentoring and Tutoring, Women Sports and Physical Activity Journal (WSPAJ), ICHPERD*SD Journal, Recreational Sports Journal, Health Education, and the Indiana IAHPERD Journal. She has made more than 60 presentations to various scholarly associations at the State, Regional, and National levels including the European Association for Sport Management (EASM), the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE), the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD), and the Indiana Recreational Sports Association (IRSA). She has also accumulated more than a million dollars in grants and event programming.
Bower was the recipient of several awards including the 2018 USI Distinguished Professor Award, the 2017 USI Alumni Phenomenal Woman Award, the 2015 USI Faculty Recognition Award, the 2015 Midwest Indiana Association of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Midwest Scholar, 2013 Indiana Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Sport Management Award, the 2012 Indiana Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Leadership Award, the 2009 USI Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, the 2009 National Association for Girls and Women in Sport Pathfinder Award, the 2009 Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Pathfinder Award, the 2008 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Mabel Lee Award (highest award a young professor may receive), and the 2007 Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Young Professional Award. She was also inducted into the 2015 Indiana Basektball Hall of Fame - Silver Anniversary Team.
Bower has also been an active member for the Indiana Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) of the Sport Management Council American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) serving as the Vice President of Publications for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and as a member of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee for the Midwest District. Bower has worked the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Bower has also been active in other organizations including the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) where she served on the Standards Committee and the Indiana Recreational Sports Association (IRSA) where she was the founder and Chair of the IRSA Scholarship Program and also a past Coordinator for the IRSA Annual Conference. Bower is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) National Association for Girls and Women in Sport and the Indiana Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) where she serves as Vice President for Publications.