Dr. Joey Gawrysiak

Dr. Joey Gawrysiak is the Director of Esports and Associate Professor of Esports at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He received his Ph.D. in Sport Management and Policy from the University of Georgia in 2012. A former competitive gamer in college, Dr. G started the esports competitive teams in 2018, which now consists of 5 varsity game titles and over 50 students competing in the Esports Arena at Shenandoah University. He wrote one of the first esports curricula in the world with academic programs and certifications at the undergraduate and graduate levels of study. His work has been featured across multiple media outlets including podcasts, radio segments, articles, and television segments. Gawrysiak has written several articles and book chapters on esports as well as providing professional development for students working in event management, broadcast production, and social media marketing. He is currently a co-host of the Press Start Radio show and is an international consultant, researcher and lecturer on esports. Gawrysiak has led numerous international trips for students, including the International Esports Federation Championships in Seoul, South Korea.

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