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Dr. Sarah Taylor Agate

Assistant Professor
(585) 395-5478
Office:  18 Hartwell Hall


Dr. Sarah Taylor Agate is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. She teaches courses in the REL core, for both the Recreation Management and Tourism Management emphases.

Dr. Agate has published and presented her research in a variety of journals and conferences. She has published in journals such as Journal of Leisure Research, Annals of Leisure Research, Tourism Culture & Communications, and The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal. She has presented research at conferences including the National Recreation and Park Association, Work and Family Researchers Network, The Qualitative Report, Seneca Falls Dialogues, The Conference on the Value of Play, National Council on Family Relations, and National Vacation Matters Summit.

Dr. Agate received her PhD from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Prior to that, she completed her BS at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Family Science, and her MS at BYU in Youth and Family Recreation. Before coming to Brockport, Dr. Agate worked at the Florida Sea Base and Brinton Environmental Center (Boy Scout High Adventure Base in the Florida Keys) and taught tennis for several years for the Orem Recreation Department in Utah. She also taught courses at BYU, Clemson, Southern Illinois University, and online for Southwestern College.

Dr. Agate’s areas of expertise include family recreation and vacations, creating enjoyable experiences for families in a variety of settings, leisure constraints and affordances, qualitative research methods, and empowering women and girls through leisure. She is a 261 Fearless Friend and works with Girls on the Run of Greater Rochester. She is currently the chair of Brockport’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
  • Recreation Programming
  • The Recreation Legal Environment
  • Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure
  • Special Event Planning, and Tourism Principles
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Action Research
  • Dissertation Writing

Last Updated 8/19/19

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