James Satterfield

Professor and Department Head

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Office: 4038 Haley Center

Units: Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology

Campus Mail: 4036 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849

Email: jws0089@auburn.edu

Phone: (334) 844-3060

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Academic Areas

Educational Leadership

Higher Education Administration

Short Bio

James Satterfield, Ed.D, is a Professor and Department Head in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, & Technology at Auburn University.

His research interests are the social and political context of intercollegiate athletics as well as the social, metaphorical, symbolic, and institutional features within p-20 educational systems. His current research is focused on the social activism among college athletes. He currently serves Lead Editor for the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletics in Education and Associate Editor for The Sable Journal of Health and Human Development. Dr. Satterfield is recognized nationally and internationally for his research and teaching. He is also the co-author of Black Women Athletes and the Performance of Hyper-Femininity.

Dr. Satterfield is a second-generation college professor/higher education administrator. His late father had a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Education and was a retired Education Dean and Vice President of Student Affairs at Norfolk State University. His mother has a master’s degree in special education and is a retired public-school special education teacher and university administrator, also at Norfolk State University.

Dr. Satterfield is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia. He played college football at Norfolk State University. His wife Michelle Satterfield is also an educator and they have three daughters—Olivia, McKenna, and Stella.


Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration, 2002, Eastern Michigan University

M.ED. in Gifted Education, 1995, Norfolk State University

B.S. in Kinesiology, 1993, Norfolk State University

Professional Experience

2020 - Present

Professor and Department Head, Auburn University

2016 - 2020

Professor & Department Head, Missouri State University

2011 - 2016

Associate Professor, Clemson University

2007 - 2010

Assistant Professor, Clemson University

2002 - 2007

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso

Research Interests

  • College Athletics
  • Student Athletes
  • Black Males
  • Politics of Education
  • Social Justice