Joy T. DeSensi, EdD, earned her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently associate dean of the graduate school and professor in the Department of Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include the areas of gender, race, and ethnicity in sport, women in sport, multiculturalism, and ethics in sport management. She has made numerous state, district, national, and international presentations and is the author and coauthor of book chapters and articles that appear in Quest, Journal of Sport Management, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, and the International Journal of Human Movement Science. She has served on the editorial boards of scholarly journals and as editor of the Journal of Sport Management and Quest. She is a founding member of the North American Society for Sport Management and has served as the president of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport, The National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, and the Southern Association for Women in Physical Activity, Sport, and Health. She was recently named a University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Professor, which is the highest honor awarded to faculty.
Her other professional recognitions include distinguished alumna awards from the University of Memphis and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, service awards, and recognitions for teaching and research and administration. She also received scholar lecture awards, including the Delphine Hanna Lecture Award from the National Association from Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education and the Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award from the North American Society for Sport Management.