Dr. Joshua Newman

Associate Dean for Research and Professor
Dr. Joshua Newman

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1109 Stone Building
(850) 644-8788

Dr. Joshua I. Newman is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and Past-President and Research Fellow of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS).

Dr. Newman has published over 250 peer-reviewed research publications, including over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters, two refereed books as author, three edited books, 12 refereed review articles, five non-refereed technical reports, and 150 published conference abstracts or proceedings. His edited book (with Holly Thorpe and David Andrews), Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body: Materialisms, Technologies, Ecologies (Rutgers, 2020), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His previous book Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation (with Michael Giardina, Palgrave, 2011) was also named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and NASSS's Outstanding Book of the Year in 2012. His work has been featured in interviews for The Washington Post, Time magazine, Buzzfeed, and the Associated Press.

As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Newman leads the research enterprise for the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, overseeing a research portfolio that includes more than 100 actively funded research projects, 36 scientific laboratories, three K-12 laboratory schools, and over $65 million in annual research expenditures. Under his leadership, the College has increased annual research expenditures from $17 million in FY2020 to $67 million in FY2023, increased its annual external grant proposal submission count by over 400%, and launched five major research development, research administration, and research amplification programs.

From 2012 to 2021, Dr. Newman served as the Founding Director of FSU's Center for Sport, Health, and Equitable Development, one of the nation's leading centers for sport-based research, outreach, and community development. He has also been actively involved in securing grants and funding to support his research, community outreach, and programming and education initiatives, serving as the Principal Investigator (PI), Program Director, or Co-PI on more than a dozen resource, program, and research grants totaling over $3 million.

Dr. Newman is the Co-Chair of the Council for Associate Deans for Research and has recently served on three University task Forces focusing on internationalization, faculty recognition and external awards, and the University's Research Strategic Plan. He has been a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Dr. Newman currently serves on the editorial boards of Communication & Sport, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Global Sport Management.

Dr. Newman served as the Director of the Department of Sport Management Graduate (Ph.D.) Program from 2013 to 2018 and again from 2020 to 2021. He has chaired (or currently chairs) 20 doctoral dissertation committees and has served as a member of 24 additional doctoral dissertation committees and as a university representative on 13 more. Dr. Newman's former doctoral students currently work at top universities throughout the U.S., including the University of Kansas, Coastal Carolina University, Miami University (Ohio), the United States Air Force Academy, Emerson College, the University of Florida, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of South Carolina, North Central College, the University of Connecticut, and here at Florida State University.

Prior to joining Florida State, Dr. Newman was a lecturer of Sport Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand (2009-2011) and an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Sport Management at Towson University (2005-2008). In 2005, he earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland's School of Public Health.