2014-2015 FAR WELCOME
Dr. John Igwebuike
The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) requires every member-institution to appoint a faculty athletics representative. On behalf of Dr. Rankins, I am honored to serve as your NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).
The NCAA requires that the FAR serve (i) as a member of an institution’s faculty and (ii) hold a position outside the Athletics Department. To that end and as your FAR, I serve as the President's principal advisor on faculty-athletics related issues calculated towards assuring institutional control.
As the only faculty member designated to represent the university on athletics and faculty matters, my role requires a careful balancing of ASU’s academic mission and our intercollegiate athletics program. Also, I am charged to be a liaison between student-athletes and their coaches, coaches and athletic administrators, the Athletics Department and Academic Affairs, faculty and the Athletics Department, and vice-versa. From a governance perspective, I chair and invite you to participate in the University’s Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) which serves as the president’s “eyes and ears” regarding external governance of ASU’s Athletics Program. Four pillars undergird the quality metrics of the FAC: academic integrity, student athlete support and performance, rules compliance, and student athlete well-being.
As to student athlete well-being, I strive to balance student-athlete welfare and competitive success. For instance, student-athletes are represented and even hold chair positions in the FAC. Also, I co-advise (ex-officio) the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a vital student voice in athletics governance. Here, I serve as an independent faculty member with whom student-athletes may share issues, insights, and ideas concerning their experience.
Frequently, faculty bring a core set of concerns to my attention. In response, I
typically share the following:
As a very general rule, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student-athlete education records and, as such, must not be disclosed to anyone without the student-athlete’s consent.
As to academic performance, student-athletes are not permitted to miss, tardily attend, or leave early from scheduled classes on account of practice.
Student-athletes should be allowed to make-up missed work from excused class absences arising from games or travel to university-sanctioned athletic events in consonance with the University's attendance policy. Athletics will provide notification to faculty of student-athlete travel so as to minimize the impact of the absence while facilitating student-professor dialog that assures achievement of learning outcomes and submission of classroom deliverables.
The Athletics Staff currently implements systems to ensure that (a) student-athletes on full/partial-scholarship have required textbooks; (b) that game/travel schedules minimally impact student-athlete class attendance; and, (c) if so, such game schedules are designed to minimize the amount of missed-class time.
Finally, faculty often ask how they might become (more) involved in the success of our student-athletes. Here are some ideas:
Attend Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) meetings (3rd Wednesday of each month at or around 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union). The faculty representative for your School is a resource to that end: Dr. Martha Ravola (AREAS), Dr. Byron Johnson (Arts), Dr. Donna Williams (Business), Dr. April Owens (Education & Psychology), and Dr. Nolan Boyd (Science).
Assure that students do not leave class for practice or come to class late on account of practice (See Mose Dupre, Compliance Director, and Ms. Weir, Senior Women's Administrator).
Require student-athletes to submit university-approved game/contest schedules at the semester's start to accommodate absences and ensure timely completion of assignments before departure--and immediately upon return (See Dwayne White, Athletic Director ).
Serve as a volunteer tutors in the Tutorial Lab (Colonel Rickey Coleman, Athletics Academic Advisor is the contact).
Utilize Blackboard and other technologies (e.g., videotaping, Elluminate® recording, or YouTube postings of learning experiences) to assure classroom learning content, activities, and/or outcomes are accessible, achieved and reinforced.
Serve as a mentor to students-who-happen-to-be-athletes.
As we inaugurate and advance through the 2014-2015 academic year, please know that, as your Faculty Athletics Representative, I am highly inspired and challenged to enrich the student-athlete intercollegiate athletics experience at Alcorn with your collaboration. Our student-athletes are an incredible group of learners who study sedulously (as full-time students) and work arduously (as full-time athletes). As I often share with them: “My vision for each of you [student-athletes] is that, within four years or less, you will walk across the graduation stage with an Alcorn degree in one hand and a championship ring in the other.” As your NCAA-designated resource, I look forward to working with you to make this vision an ongoing reality.
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John G. Igwebuike ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative &
Associate Professor of Business Law
ASU School of Business
Phone: (601) 877-6450