Looking for Interested Faculty Athletics Representatives
Are you a faculty member who wants to become more involved in athletics? The athletics department is currently looking for a representative from each academic school to serve as a Faculty Athletic Representative.
Interested candidates should reach out to Associate Athletic Director Gil Burgmaster by September 15, 2023.
A Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) provides faculty input ensuring balance between academics and athletics for the benefit of the student–athlete. They are also representatives of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. The FARs are appointed by the Director of Athletics.
Statement of the Role of the Lead Faculty Athletics Representative
The FAR’s primary purposes are to promote academic integrity, to promote institutional control of intercollegiate athletics, to facilitate the integration of the athletics and academic components of the collegiate community, and to enhance the student-athlete experience. The Faculty Athletics Representative works collaboratively with the Director of Athletics, the Athletic Administrative Staff, Coaches and student-athletes.
The FAR will be broadly aware of institutional, conference, and NCAA issues as they relate to compliance with rules and regulations, the promotion of a balance between academics, athletics, and the social lives of student-athletes, and the necessity to play a central role in communicating matters related to athletics to constituents and/or governance groups across the University. Faculty and other members of the institutional community should have an opportunity to learn about the work of the FAR and to channel relevant questions or concerns about the administration or direction of the intercollegiate athletics program through the FAR.
Specific Duties of the Lead FAR
- The FAR will be aware of programs and strategic plans within the Department of Athletics designed to assure the academic integrity of the athletics program and the practices to promote the welfare of student-athletes. The FAR will be knowledgeable of institutional, conference, and NCAA requirements for academic eligibility for competition/practice, financial aid, and intercollegiate competition.
- The FAR will review and monitor the variety of academic services available to student-athletes. The FAR will bring his/her experience as an educator and an understanding of faculty values to influence the delivery and effectiveness of services such as tutoring, study skill development, academic advising and other services designed to promote the academic achievement of student-athletes.
- The FAR will be aware of institutional compliance activities or responsibilities which involve campus entities outside of the Athletics Department to help ensure compliance related to academic eligibility, transfer requirements and restrictions, and enforcement procedures.
- The FAR should have direct contact with student-athletes on a systematic and periodic basis. Student-athletes should recognize the FAR as a source of information, support, and referral, which is accessible to them yet located administratively outside the Athletics Department. The FAR will be invited to attend Student Athletic Advisory Board Meetings and are encouraged to attend at least one per semester.
- The FAR will represent the institution as a delegate to the annual NCAA Convention as well as the bi-annual Conference meetings, etc., as needed. He/she will be involved in discussions with the Director of Athletics and the President regarding the University’s position on pending conference or NCAA legislation.
- The FAR will participate in conference meetings of fellow FARs and provide input on decisions of policy and/or regulations to come before the Executive Committee.
Additional deputy FAR Reps will represent the other schools and will participate in a committee-like team. The goal is to have representation across the academic areas, and provide input on policies, regulations, and programs in the Athletic Department, as well as be supportive, visible advocates for student athletes. The lead FAR will consult with the other faculty representatives on a regular basis.