Heather Bell came to USC in January 2011. She serves as the Director of Athletic Academic Advising. Specifically she oversees and coordinates all academic support for the Football (QB,TE, WR,RB) and Men’s Basketball teams. Heather also has oversight over 2 full time advisors. In addition to her advising responsibilities, she serves as the APR Coordinator and is the Personal Development Liaison for the Football team. Heather is also a chair member of the ACT (Athlete Career Transition) program and is a member of the Personal Development and Athletics LGBT committees. During her time at USC she has worked with the Women’s Basketball, Women’s Track/CC, Women’s Volleyball, and Lacrosse teams.
Prior to USC, Heather worked at the University of Tennessee in the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center as a Sr. Academic Counselor beginning in 2007. Her main responsibilities were advising the Football team (LB, DB, WR, DE), Technology Coordinator, and creating the Summer Bridge Program. Heather began her time at Thornton as an Academic Mentor for football in 2006 while she was earning her Masters of Science in Sport Management. While pursuing her graduate degree she was also a Graduate Teaching Associate for the Physical Education Activity Program.
Heather graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. During her time at USM, she was a member of the Golden Eagle Softball team who made 2 NCAA Regional Appearances and won 2 Conference-USA titles.
Born and raised in Southern California, Heather is an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). She earned her N4A individual certification in 2013 and was awarded the N4A Region V Professional Promise award in that same year.
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