Faculty

Dr. Lee J. DelisleDr. Lee J. deLisle

Professor; Graduate Coordinator

Ph.D., Social Science of Sport and Leisure, University of Connecticut  
Office: Office Building 1, Room 108A
Email: delislel2@southernct.edu
Phone: (203) 392-7159

Dr. deLisle is currently the graduate studies coordinator for the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. He previously served as the chair of the Department of Human Performance at Western Michigan University, coordinating the graduate sports management program. He completed an extensive e-Learning certification program at Western Michigan University and taught ten different courses in graduate sport management and seventeen undergraduate courses in the areas of recreation management and sport over a 12-year period. 

Dr. deLisle holds membership in the following organizations: National Recreation and Parks Association, serving as chair of the Education Network; Association of Performing Arts Presenters; North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents; World Leisure Organization; and the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association. 

Dr. deLisle is the former director of Recreation and Parks in Groton, Conn., has owned a commercial boating enterprise, manages a performing artist, has coached and officiated sports on the collegiate level, and has multiple publications in the areas of event management and leadership. 

Dr. deLisle will teach Principles of Entertainment Management, Agent/Artist Management, Sport and Entertainment Finance and will oversee thesis and special project capstone courses. He will also coordinate the admission and advising of students in the program. 

Dr. Donna LopianoDr. Donna Lopiano

Adjunct Faculty

Ph.D., University of Southern California
President & Founder, Sports Management Resources
Office: Office Building 1, Room 108
Phone: (203) 392-6388

Dr. Lopiano is the former chief executive officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-2007) and was named one of “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” by Fox Sports. The Sporting News has repeatedly listed her as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.” 

She has been nationally and internationally recognized for her leadership advocating for gender equity in sports by the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. 

Dr. Lopiano also served for 18 years as the University of Texas at Austin director of women’s athletics and is a past-president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. During her tenure at Texas, she constructed what many believed to be the premiere women’s athletics program in the country, twice earning the top program in the nation award. All eight University of Texas sports were consistently ranked in the nation’s top 10 in Division I where they earned 18 national championships in six different sports, produced 51 individual sport national champion athletes, 57 Southwest Conference championships, and 395 All-American athletes, dozens among them Olympians and world champions. Ninety percent of women athletes who exhausted their athletic eligibility at the University of Texas received a baccalaureate degree. Dr. Lopiano also served as an assistant professor and assistant athletic director at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. 

Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Lopiano has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees and served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in 28 court cases. Lopiano has also served as a consultant to school districts, institutions of higher education, and state education agencies on Title IX compliance and to non-profit organizations on governance and strategic planning.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California and has been the recipient of five honorary doctoral degrees. She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame and the Connecticut and Texas Women’s Halls of Fame, among others.

Mr. shane beardsleyShane Beardsley

Adjunct Faculty

M.S. Sport Administration, Manhattanville College
Senior Director of Operations and Events, 
Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment

Professor Beardsley is currently the Senior Director of Events & Operations at the 10,000 seat Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. In this capacity, he is responsible for all operating systems within the arena, as well as the coordination of over 125 events a year. Prior to coming to Bridgeport, he spent time at Steiner Sports Marketing as Director of Charitable Fundraising and with the NY Mets as an Account Executive in the Group and Special Event Sales Division.

Professor Beardsley completed his undergraduate degree in Physical Education at SUNY Cortland, and obtained his Masters Degree in Sport Business Management from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education Leadership.

In addition to his work and teaching, he sits on the Board of Directors at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, is a member and judge of the International Association of Parks and Attractions and is a committee member of the Fairfield County Sports Commission.

Professor Beardsley currently teaches REC 271 Introduction to Sport Management at SCSU.