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Sarah Agate

Assistant Professor,
Experience Design and Management
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I completed my PhD at Clemson University in 2010 in the department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. I taught as an adjunct faculty member between 2010 and 2015 at Southern Illinois University, BYU, Southwestern College, and SUNY College at Brockport. I was an Assistant Professor at the College at Brockport from 2015 to 2019 in the department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. I joined the faculty at BYU as an Assistant Professor in the department of Experience Design and Management in June of 2019.


  • PHD, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, 2010
  • MS, Youth and Family Recreation, Brigham Young University, 2005
  • BS, Family Sciences, Brigham Young University, 2001

Group Affiliations

  • 261 Fearless — 261 Fearless is a global non-profit organization founded by pioneer runner Kathrine Switzer. They use running as a vehicle to empower and unite women through the creation of local running clubs, education programs, communication platforms and social running events. The goal of 261 Fearless is to create a global community for women runners of all abilities to support, encourage, and inspire each other towards a positive sense of self and fearlessness. — 2018
  • Work and Family Researchers Network — WFRN is an organization of work and family researchers from various disciplines. They address and advocate for work and family issues to policy makers and practitioners. — 2016

Selected Publications

  • "Social justice issues in parks and recreation: Moving beyond the "easy" questions", Journal of Park and Recreation Administration


Academic - Post-Secondary

  • Assistant Professor, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, 2015–2019
  • Affiliate Faculty Member, Southwestern College, 2014–2018
  • Instructor, Clemson University, 2016–2016
  • Instructor, Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, Brigham Young University, 2005–2011


  • Researcher, Brigham Young University, 2004–2007
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Brigham Young University, 2003–2005
  • Instructor, Home and Family Living, Brigham Young University, 2004–2004


  • Youth Tennis Instructor, Orem City Recreation Department, 1999–2006
  • Office Manager, Florida Sea Base, 2005–2005


  • Scholarly Incentive Award, The Brockport Foundation, 2017
  • Honorary Inductee, Rho Phi Lambda National Honor Fraternity, 2016
  • Tom and Julia Casey Scholarly Incentive Award, The Brockport Foundation, 2015

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certified Deliberative Dialogue Facilitator — 2019

Professional Citizenship

  • Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Other, June 2018
  • Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Editor, Associate Editor, May 2017
  • Leisure Sciences, Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, May 2018–May 2019
  • Girls on the Run of Greater Rochester, Committee/Council Member, February 2017–May 2019
  • The Academy of Leisure Sciences, Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, September 2018–December 2018
  • The Play Conference 2018, Other, January 2018–January 2018
  • The Play Conference 2017, Other, January 2017–January 2017
  • The Play Conference 2016, Other, January 2016–January 2016
  • Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Other, 0–March 2015
  • Journal of Leisure Research, Other, 0–January 2015