Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 804E Harrington Office Building
221 Gilchrist
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: Not provided
Other Title: Associate Professor
Primary Emphasis Area: Sport Management
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Short Bio
John N. Singer (PhD, The Ohio State University) is the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Sport Management in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He is also an inaugural affiliate faculty of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change at San Jose State University. Prior to becoming a faculty administrator at TAMU, Dr. Singer served four years as Assistant Professor of Sport Management at James Madison University. Dr. Singer's scholarship focus spans two interrelated areas: 1) diversity and social justice in and thru sport organizations, 2) Black male studies. He is author of the book, Race, Sports, and Education: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes (Harvard Education Press, 2019). His research is forthcoming and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Organization; Communication & Sport; Journal of Sport Management; International Review for the Sociology of Sport; Sport, Education, and Society; Journal of Intercollegiate Sport; Journal of Black Studies; Race, Ethnicity, and Education; Urban Education) and chapters in edited books. His scholarship has also been featured on multiple social media platforms, including the Money Making Conversations podcast and syndicated radio show with two-time Emmy Award-winning and three-time NAACP Image Award-winning television and film producer, Rushion McDonald. In 2020, Money Making Conversations honored Dr. Singer with the SWAG Award, which profiles Black excellence and men whose service and leadership are exemplars of SWAG, representing Strength, Wisdom, Assertiveness, and Genuineness in their spirit. He received the North American Society of Sport Management Diversity Award in 2019; and in 2009 he received the Montague Scholar-Center for Teaching Excellence Award in the CEHD at TAMU. He also has been a co-investigator on a major research grant with the NCAA that focused on diversity best practices within Division I university athletic departments. Dr. Singer has served on several journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Sport Management and currently the Sociology of Sport Journal.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Singer has amassed relevant practical sport industry experiences and service activities. As a former golf caddie and recipient of the Charles "Chick" Evans Scholarship at his undergraduate and master's degree alma mater, Michigan State University, Dr. Singer has served as an inaugural member on the diversity, equity, and inclusion council for the Western Golf Association (WGA) and Evans Scholars Foundation (ESF) since 2018. In 2020 he became a WGA Director, which involves promoting and enhancing caddie programs at golf & country clubs, engaging in fundraising efforts for the ESF, serving as an official at WGA tournaments, and participating in various ESF functions and events. From 2016 to 2018 he served as the chair of the Athletics Council at TAMU, which focuses on advising the President on issues related to student-athlete welfare. He is also a basketball official at both the interscholastic (since 2006) and intercollegiate (since 2012) levels. Since 2014, he has been invited and officiated several Texas High School Boys Basketball State Championships. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Dr. Singer completed a marketing and customer service internship in 1994 with the PGA Tour at its Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida headquarters, and a football operations internship in 1996 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which at the time was in its second year as a new NFL expansion franchise.
Research Interests
Black Male Studies
College Sport
Critical Race Theory
Qualitative Inquiry
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Singer, J.N., Shaw, S., Hoeber, L., Walker, N., Agyemang, K.J.A., & Rich, K. (2019). Critical conversations about qualitative research in sport management. Journal of Sport Management, 33(1), 50-63.

2. Singer, J.N. (2019). Race, sports, and education: Improving opportunities and outcomes for black male college athletes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

3. Singer, J.N., & Cunningham, G.B. (2018). A collective case study of African American male athletic directors' leadership approaches to diversity in college sport. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 11(2), 269-297.

4. Rosselli, A.C., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Challenges faced by African American golfers pursuing professional careers. Journal of African American Studies, 21(4), 605-620

5. Weems, A.J., Garner, J.R., Oshiro, K., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Corporate social responsibility: Considerations for sport management in the age of neoliberalism. International Journal of Exercise Science, 10(6), 900-914

6. *Rosselli, A.C., Cunningham, G.B., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Does golf=White? Perceptions of the prototypical golfer. International Journal of Sport Studies, 7(1), 1-7. *

7. Garner, J.R., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Exploring the notion of individual social responsibility (ISR) among black male college football athletes. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 3(2), 98-122.

8. Singer, J.N., Weems, A.J., & Garner, J.R. (2017). Fraternal twins: Critical race theory and systemic racism theory as analytic and activist tools for college sport reform. In B.J. Hawkins, A.R. Carter-Francique, & J.N. Cooper (Eds.), Critical Race Theory: Black Athletic Sporting Experiences in the United States, (pp. 11-55). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

9. *Rosselli, A.C., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Influential factors that contribute to Black golfers' participation at the elite-level. Physical Activity Review, 5, 132-145

10. Weems, A., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Racial barriers in Eurocentric sport(ing) institutions: Countering the white racial frame. In R. Thompson-Miller & K. Ducey (Eds.), Systemic Racism: Making Liberty, Justice, and Democracy Real, (pp. 285-306). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Vanessa Byrd (Fall, 2010), Ph.D.
Kwame Jesse Asamoah Agyemang (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Kristopher Nite (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Anthony Rosselli (Summer, 2014), Ph.D.
Justin Ryan Garner (Spring, 2019), Ph.D.
Anthony Jean Weems (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Kristi Fusako Oshiro (Summer, 2020), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2008 - ). Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education

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