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Sport Management
Center for Sport Management Research & Education
Sport Management

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
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Research Interests
Black Male Studies
College Sport
Critical Race Theory
Diversity and Social Justice
Qualitative Inquiry
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 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 and higher education/academia, 2) intersections of race, sports, and education, with an emphasis on Black males. 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 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 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 CEHD at TAMU. He also has 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 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.
Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Management, The Ohio State University (2002)
M.A., Public Relations, Michigan State University (1999)
B.A., Communication, Michigan State University (1996)
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. (2012). Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd Ed.). College Station, TX: Center for Sport Management Research and Education.
Journal Articles
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 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.
*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(4), 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.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
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. ** Dis
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. ** Dis
Sherman, LD., McKyer, ELJ., Singer, JN., Larke, A. and Guidry, JJ. (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[48]19 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
Agyemang, K., & Singer, J.N. (2011). Toward a framework for understanding black male athlete social responsibility in big-time American sport. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 10(1/2), 46-60
Cunningham, G. B., & Singer, J. N. (2011). The primacy of race: Department diversity and its influence on the attraction of a diverse fan base and revenues generated. International Journal of Sport Management, 12, 176-190
Singer, J.N., & May, R.A.B. (2011). The career trajectory of a black male high basketball player: A social reproduction perspective. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 46(3), 299-314
Agyemang, K., Singer, J.N., & DeLorme, J. (2010). An exploratory study of black male college athletes' perceptions on race and athlete activism. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 45(4): 419-435
Cunningham, G. B., & Singer, J. N. (2010) " You'll face discrimination wherever you go": Student athletes' intentions to enter the coaching profession. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 1708-1727
* DeLorme, J., & Singer, J.N. (2010). The interest convergence principle and the integration of major league baseball. Journal of Black Studies, 41(2): 367-384
Cunningham, G. B., & Singer, J. N. (2009). Not all students are alike: Differences in the decision to enter the sport and leisure industry. International Journal of Sport Management, 10, 350-365.
Lewis, C., Mumford, V., Singer, J. & Bonner, F. (2009). Recruiting African American teacher candidates using an athletic model: New directions for diversifying the teacher workforce. Journal of Educational Concepts, 1(1). 67-99
McDowell, J., Cunningham, G. B., & Singer, J. N. (2009). The supply and demand side of occupational segregation: The case of an intercollegiate athletic department. Journal of African American Studies, 13, 431-454.
Singer, J.N. (2009). African American football athletes' perspectives on institutional integrity in college sport. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 80(1), 102-116
Singer, J.N. (2008). Benefits and detriments of African American male athletes participation in a big-time college football program. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 43(4): 399-408.
Book Chapters
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. (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
Singer, J. N. & Carter-Francique, A. R. (2013). 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. (2012). Ethics. In G.B. Cunningham & J.N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd ed.), (pp. 43-68), College Station, TX: Center for Sport Management Research and Education
Singer, J.N. (2012). Race matters in the sport and physical activity. In G.B. Cunningham & J.N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd ed.), (pp. 297-327), College Station, TX: Center for Sport Management Research and Education
Agyemang, K., DeLorme, J., & Singer, J.N. (2010) Race and ethnicity in American sport. In G.B. Cunningham & J.N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity, pp. 261-288, College Station, TX: Center for Sport Management Research and Education
Singer, J.N. (2010) Sport and ethical behavior. In G.B. Cunningham & J.N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity, pp. 47-79, College Station, TX: Center for Sport Management Research and Education
Singer, J.N. (2009). Addressing epistemological racism in sport management research. journal article reprinted/adapted In J. Nauright & S. Pope (Eds.), The New Sport Management Reader (pp. 47-63), Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.
Singer, J.N. (2009). Preparing African-American male student-athletes for post-secondary education: Implications for educational stakeholders. In H.R. Milner (Ed.), Diversity and Education: Teachers, Teaching, and Teacher Education, (pp. 31-50), Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, LTD
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 for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education (2008-present); Journal of Sport Management (2012-2015)
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (2019-present)
Chair, Faculty Athletics Council (2016-2018)