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Associate Professor of Sport Management
Curriculum Vitae
John N. Singer (PhD, The Ohio State University) is Associate Professor of Sport Management and former Associate Dean for the Office of Inclusive Excellence (2019-2023) in the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Prior to joining the faculty at TAMU, Dr. Singer served four years as Assistant Professor of Sport Management at James Madison University. Dr. Singer's scholarship has particularly focused on race and racism at the intersections of sport, education, and society. He is author of the book, Race, Sports, and Education: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes (Harvard Education Press, 2019). His scholarship has been featured in numerous academic journals and chapters in edited books, and also 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 was named a North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow in 2021, received the NASSM Diversity Award in 2019, and in 2009 received the Montague Scholar-Center for Teaching Excellence Award in the SEHD at TAMU. He has also been a co-principal 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 and committee 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. He has also been a basketball official at both the interscholastic (since 2006) and intercollegiate (2012-2020) 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 relations internship in the PGA Tour Minority Internship Program at its Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida headquarters; and a football operations internship with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which at the time was in its second year as a new NFL expansion franchise.

Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Management, The Ohio State University
M.A., Public Relations, Michigan State University
B.A., Communication, Michigan State University
KINE319. Soc Of Sport
KINE336. Diversity In Sport Orgs
KINE485. Drctd Stds: In-absentia
KINE655. Rec And Sports Law
KINE681. Seminar
KINE683. Practicum In Kinesiology
KINE684. Professional Internship
KINE684. Professional Intrshp: Inabsentia
KINE685. Directed Studies
Sayvon Jonte' Lewis Foster, Ph.D. (Spring 2022)
Kristi Fusako Oshiro (Summer 2020)
Anthony Jean Weems (Summer 2019)
Justin Ryan Garner (Spring 2019)
Anthony Rosselli (Summer 2014)
Kristopher Nite (Summer 2011)
Kwame Jesse Asamoah Agyemang (Spring 2011)
Vanessa Byrd (Fall 2010)
Books and Monographs
Singer, J.N. (2019). Race, sports, and education: Improving opportunities and outcomes for black male college athletes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
Cunningham, G.B., & Singer, J.N. (Eds.)(2012). Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd Ed.). Center for Sport Management Research and Education, Texas A&M University.
Journal Articles
Foster, S.J.L., Singer, J.N., & Cooper, J.N. (2023). A different world: A BlackCrit reconceptualization of HBCU athletics. Sociology of Sport Journal, 40(1), 40-50. [published with student]
Foster, S.J.L., Singer, J.N., & Cooper, J.N. (2022). (Black)listed: The college sport landscape, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a theory of racialized sport organizations. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 15, 459-482. [published with student]
Singer, J.N., Agyemang, K., Chen, C., Walker, N., & Melton, N. (2022). What is blackness to sport management? Manifestations of anti-blackness in the field. Journal of Sport Management, 36(3), 215-227.
Cunningham, G.B., Dixon, M.A., Singer, J.N., Ahn, N., Oshiro, K., & Weems, A.J. (2021). A site to resist and persist: diversity, social justice, and the unique nature of sport. Journal of Global Sport Management. 6(1), 30-48.
Oshiro, K., Weems, A., & Singer, J.N. (2021). Cyber racism toward black athletes: A critical race analysis of online brand community. Communication and Sport, 9(6), 911-933. [published with student]
Turick, R., Weems, A.J., Swim, N., Bopp, T., & Singer, J.N. (2021). Who are we honoring? Extending the ebony & ivy discussion to include sport facilities. Journal of Sport Management, 35(1), 17-29. [published with student]
Vadeboncoeur, J.D., Bopp, T., & Singer, J.N. (2021). Is reflexivity enough? Addressing reflexive embodiment, power, and whiteness in sport management research. Journal of Sport Management, 35(1), 30-43. [published with student]
Agyemang, K., Singer, J.N., & Weems, A. (2020). “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”: Sport as a site for political activism and social change. Organization, 27(6), 952-968.
Shim, K.S., Carter-Francique, A., & Singer, J.N. (2020). The foreigner: Race-based experiences of Asian Employees in intercollegiate athletics administration. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 13, 70-93. [published with student]
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.
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.
Garner, J.R., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Exploring individual social responsibility (ISR) among black male college football athletes. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 3(2), 98-122.
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.
Rosselli, A.C., & Singer, J.N. (2017). Challenges faced by African American golfers pursuing professional careers. Journal of African American Studies, 21, 605-620.
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
Weems, A., 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. (Special Issue: Contemporary Issues in Sport Management).
Singer, J.N. (2016). African American male college athletes' narratives on education and racism. Urban Education, 51(9), 1065-1095
Rosselli, A., & Singer, J.N. (2015). Towards a multi-level framework to examine the underrepresentation of racial minorities in golf within the United States. Quest, 67(1), 44-55.
Agyemang, K., & Singer, J.N. (2014). Race in the present day: NBA employees sound off on race and racism. Journal of African American Studies, 18(1), 11-32.
Nite, C., & Singer, J.N. (2014). Organizational factors that contribute to the spiritual development of college athletes: A case study of a religious university. Journal for the Study of Sport and Athletes in Education, 8(1), 1-18.
Sherman, L.D., McKyer, E.L.J., Singer, J.N., Larke Jr., A., & Guidry, J.J. (2014). Understanding the essence and lived experience of self-care management among African American men living with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Social Health and Diabetes, 2(2), 96-104.
Agyemang, K., & Singer, J.N. (2013). An exploratory study of professional black male athletes’ individual social responsibility (ISR). Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, 2(1), 47-71.
Nite, C., & Singer, J.N. (2013). An examination of sport management doctoral program research requirements. Educate: The Journal of Doctoral Research in Education, 13(2), 24-35.
Nite, C., Singer, J.N., & Cunningham, G.B. (2013). Addressing competing logics between the mission of a religious university and the demands of intercollegiate athletics. Sport Management Review, 16(4), 465-476.
Nite, C., & Singer, J.N. (2012). Qualitative inquiry: Quality research for connecting with and affecting change in sport populations. Qualitative Research Journal, 12(1), 88-97.
Singer, J. N., & Cunningham, G. B. (2012). A case study of the diversity culture of an American university athletic department: Implications for educational stakeholders. Sport, Education & Society, 17, 647-669
Book Chapters
Singer, J.N. (in press, 2023). Social studies teacher coaches matter: Reading, discussing, and writing about narratives on race and racism in sport and society. In D. Cook & N. Bryan (Eds.), Teach Truth: Critical Race Possibilities in Classrooms. Routledge.
Oshiro, K., Weems, A.J., Foster, S.J.L., & Singer, J.N. (2020). The operation of the conveyor belt in and through college sport. In D. Brooks & R. Althouse (Eds.), Racism in College Athletics (4th ed.), (pp. 251-269), Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology. [published with student]
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.
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.
Singer, J.N. (2015). Sociocultural legitimations in sport management: The role of sport in promoting racial diversity and inclusion. In M. Bowers & M. Dixon (Eds.), Sport Management: An Exploration of the Field and its Value, (pp. 181-210), Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing.
Singer, J.N. (2015). The mis-education of African American male college athletes. In E. Comeaux (Ed.), Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics, (pp. 193-206), Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press.
Singer, J. N. & Carter-Francique, A. R. (2014). Representation, participation, and the experiences of racial minorities in college sport. In G. Sailes (ed.), Sports in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies in College Athletics (pp. 113-138). San Diego, CA: Cognella
Singer, J.N. (2013). Stakeholder management in big-time college sport: The educational interests of the African American male athlete. In D. Brooks & R. Althouse (Eds.), Racism in College Athletics (3rd ed.) (pp. 345-362), Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology
Other Publications and Presentations
Cunningham, G.B., & Singer, J.N. (2009). Diversity in athletics: An assessment of exemplars and institutional best practices. Indianapolis, IN: National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)
From the Playbook to the Classroom: An Asset-Based Approach to Football Student-Athletes[8217] learning Math in an Introductory Symbolic Logic Course
PI. National Collegiate Athletic Association (Private)
2016-01-01 — 2016-12-31
From the Playbook to the Classroom: An Asset-Based Approach to Football Student-Athletes[8217] learning Math in an Introductory Symbolic Logic Course
PI. National Collegiate Athletic Association (Private)
2015-01-01 — 2015-12-31
Diversity in Athletics: An Assessment of Exemplars and Institutional Best Practices
Co-PI (). NCAA (Private)
2007-09-01 — 2011-08-31
Editorial Board Member. Sociology of Sport Journal (2019-present); Journal of Sport Management (2012-2015)
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (2019-2023)
Chair, Faculty Athletics Council (2016-2018)