Head shot of Sarah Agate

Sarah Agate

Assistant Professor,
Experience Design and Management
Download Vita

To view contact information, verify you are human below:


Sarah Taylor Agate completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at BYU (B.S. in Family Studies, M.S. in Youth and Family Recreation). She completed her PhD at Clemson University in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She has taught at Southern Illinois University, Clemson University, Southwestern College, and SUNY Brockport, where she was a faculty member for four years before joining the faculty at BYU in 2019. Her research focuses on exploring how transformative experiences contribute to developing different components of emotional intelligence.


  • 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. — 2018–0
  • 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. — 2016–0

Selected Publications

  • "“Try not to make waves”: Managing gender discrimination in outdoor recreation", Leisure Sciences, 2020
  • "Social justice issues in parks and recreation: Moving beyond the "easy" questions", Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Edition 3, Volume 38, Pages 1-9, 2020


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

  • Experience Research Society, Editorial Review Board Member, December 2021–0
  • The Tenacity Project, Board Member, January 2021–0
  • Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Editor, Associate Editor, May 2017–0
  • Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Other, June 2018–October 2020
  • 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