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Special Issues

Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Management Education

Guest Editors: Dr. Jacqueline McDowell (, Dr. Andrew C. Pickett (, Dr. Brenda G. Pitts (

The late Dr. Joy DeSensi asserted that “the education of future sport management leaders regarding multiculturalism is critical (DeSensi, 1994, p. 69). She highlighted the need for future sport managers to have intercultural competence and sensitivity, to value diversity, and to gain an understanding of interpersonal relations. The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) similarly includes diversity as part of the Common Professional Component expectations of sport management curricula. COSMA (2016) specifically notes that the “sport management program, through its co-curricular and operational activities, should ensure that students possess the knowledge, skills and experiences to understand and operate effectively in a diverse sport environment” (p. 54). Accordingly, this special issue of the Sport Management Education Journal seeks theoretical and empirical articles advancing the body of knowledge related to multicultural education, inclusive pedagogical practices, and social justice education in sport management courses and curricula.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2020

For more information, download the Call for Papers.