Associate Professor, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation Management

Year Started at JMU: 2012

Contact Info

  • Ph.D. 
University of Tennessee
Professional Interests


  • Disability sport
  • Experiences of individuals in sport settings
  • Sport communication and media


  • Sport sociology
  • Sport communication
  • Event management
Personal Interests
  • Adapted snow skiing
  • Atlanta Braves baseball
  • Tennessee Volunteers athletics
  • Traveling with my family
  • Personal goal to visit all 50 states
  • Eating good food with good people
Current Courses Taught
  • SRM 242: Sociology and Psychology of Sport and Recreation Management
  • KIN 501: Workshop in Sport Event Management
  • Global Sports Mentoring Program (U.S. Department of State): Curriculum and content assistant for disability sport
  • Wintergreen Adaptive Sports: Board of Directors
  • Institute for Human Centered Design Inclusive Sports Initiative: Research Fellow
  • IMG College: Contributor to Championship Publications
  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability: Content Contributor
  • 2014 Paralympic Games: Volunteer with Paralympic News Service
  • Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee: Volunteer/Faculty Mentor for JMU Students
Key Publications

Saxe, K., Hardin, R., Taylor, E. A., & Pate, J. R. (2017). Transition blues: The experience of female collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Higher Education Athletics and Innovation, 1(2), 25-48. 

Shonk, D. J., Pate, J. R., Lee, C., & Bosley, A. T. (2017). Examining the psychological commitment and motivation for attending a non-ticketed event: A case study of ESPN’s College GameDay. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 10, 147-161. 

Pate, J. R., Hardin, R., & Hums, M. A. (2017). Exploring motivations of 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games volunteers. Sport Management International Journal, 13(1), 103-121. 

Ruihley, B. J., & Pate, J. R. (2017). For the love of sport: Examining sport emotion through a Lovemarks lens. Communication & Sport, 5(2), 135-159. 

Flosdorf, M., Carr, B., Wallace Carr, J. & Pate, J. R. (2016). An exploration of the sport club president’s experience. Recreational Sports Journal, 40(2), 106-119.

Pate, J. R., & Shonk, D. J. (2015). An experiential learning trip: Exploring student experiences and motivations for volunteering at the Super Bowl. Sport Management Education Journal, 9, 11-24.

Cottingham II, M., Pate, J. R., & Gearity, B. (2015). Examining ‘inspiration’: Perspectives of stakeholders attending a power wheelchair soccer tournament. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 4, 59-89.

Pate, J. R., Ruihley, B. J., & Mirabito, T. (2014). Displaying disability: A content analysis of person-first language on NCAA Bowl Championship Series college athletic department websites. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 6(1), 1-24.

Moran, T., Taliaferro, A., & Pate, J. R. (2014). Confronting physical activity programming barriers for people with disabilities: The Empowerment Model. Quest, 66, 396-408.

Larkin, B., Cottingham II, M., & Pate, J. R. (2014). Exploring the legitimacy of wheelchair basketball as an NCAA emerging sport. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 8, 168-185.

Other Publications
  • June 2015 - Dr. Joshua R. Pate (Assistant Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) and Dr. David J. Shonk (Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) published an article, "An experiential learning trip: Exploring student experiences and motivations for volunteering at the Super Bowl," in the spring 2015 issue of Sport Management Education Journal.
  • October 2015 - Dr. Joshua R. Pate (Assistant Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) published “Speak for yourself: Analyzing how U.S. athletes used self-presentation on Twitter during the 2012 London Paralympic Games” in the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, Vol. 15, No. 3/4, 2015. His co-authors are from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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