New Faculty: Mikihiro Sato
Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Prior to joining AHS, Dr. Sato was an assistant professor in the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management at James Madison University. He completed his PhD in business administration at Temple University.
The goal of Dr. Sato’s research is to explain how and why sport participation promotes well-being. He examines environments such as sporting events, fitness clubs, parks, and recreational facilities and how they influence the levels and patterns of individuals’ physical activity and long-term well-being. He also is investigating how COVID-19 has affected people’s participation in sport as well as their health and well-being.
Dr. Sato said the RST curriculum’s integration of recreation, sport, and tourism management intersects directly with his research and teaching. “There are a number of faculty whose research areas cross over with my interests,” he said. “I am impressed with the quality of students in the department and look forward to working with them in research and in the classroom.”