Jeremy Parrish Joins UISRM


Jeremy Parrish has been engaged with the UISRM program on several levels. It is with great enthusiasm and privilege that UISRM is able to welcome Jeremy as a full-time Lecturer beginning with the Fall 2018 Semester. Learn more about Jeremy through an interview with fellow Lecturer, Mia Richter, who was able to speak with him about his previous work experience and his passion for teaching.

Mia Richter (MR): Where are you from?

Jeremy Parrish (JP): I’m a proud hometown Hawkeye!

MR: Where did you attend college, what are your degrees?

JP: I began my academic career at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids where I earned two degrees; an Associate of Arts (AA) in 2013, and an Associate of Science (AS) in 2014.

In 2015, I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. Additionally, I completed a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and fulfilled a Minor in Sport & Recreation Management (Leisure Studies).

My graduate education includes a Master of Arts (MA) in Sport & Recreation Management (Leisure Studies) from the University of Iowa in 2017, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Upper Iowa University in 2017, and a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2018.

MR: Do you have anything about your collegiate experience you'd like to include?

JP: I believe that college is a reciprocal experience that provided me outstanding return on my investment of time, effort, and commitment toward the fulfillment of my goals. You truly get back what you put in. I feel fortunate to have been involved with the outstanding UISRM program for the last several years!

MR: What classes will you be teaching?

JP: For Fall 2018, I will be leading two sections of both Sport and Recreation Promotion (SRM:3158) and Sport Business Practices (SRM:3153). Prior to Fall 2018, I have had the opportunity to lead nine different UISRM courses!

MR: What do you love most about teaching?

JP: I LOVE the learning process and the greatest joy as a teacher is seeing that “light bulb” go on in someone’s head when they grasp a concept or idea! Plus, I get to talk about sports and business everyday – how sweet is that?!

MR: What did you do before joining the UISRM faculty in your professional career?

JP: I started my career in sales and management. During this time, I experienced much success and had the opportunity to train and coach countless employees, many of which were promoted and created nice careers for themselves. After approximately seven years with the company, I felt I reached my ceiling and decided I was ready for a new challenge.

Jeremy CurlingI then became a co-founder of a new retail and installation venture that specialized in vehicle customization, electronics, and accessories. The challenge was formidable, but the business and managerial experience was unmatched. About half-way into my ten successful years with the company, I decided it was time to go back to school. So, for the next five years I ran a small business, was a full-time student, and interned at various sport-related entities simultaneously. I regularly wished for more hours in the day.

Once I completed my undergraduate work I left the company to pursue my graduate education and experiences. I was fortunate enough to be hired as a Teaching Assistant with UISRM in 2015 and after one semester I was given the chance to teach as a stand-alone course instructor.

Additionally, during this time I have worked for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Iowa. I began as a graduate intern with the Event Management team and found a position created for me the following year. I am now going into my fourth year with the National Iowa Varsity Club and look forward to continuing my work as a liaison between UISRM and Athletics.

MR: Please share a fun fact about how you spend your free time or something that students and faculty might not know about you.

JP: I love to curl! Yes, that game on the ice with the rocks, brooms, and the yelling! I am going into my third season with the Cedar Rapids Curling Club and if you take a class with me, I promise curling will be discussed! (SWEEP!)

Lastly, I have been a Professional DJ since 1999. I haven’t worked under a company name for several years, but still do some gigs here and there. (Insert air horn sound here)

MR: Please share a final thought as you kick off the semester as a full-time Lecturer with UISRM.

JP: I am super excited to join this outstanding and experienced UISRM faculty! I hope to meet everyone soon and please don’t be a stranger - stop by and say hello!  My office is on the third floor of the beautiful and historic Field House (320 FH)! Also, please connect with me via Twitter (@JeremyJParrish) and LinkedIn (/JeremyJParrish).

On Iowa and Go Hawks!


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