2015-2016 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
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
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. Each faculty
representative for your School would be a great resource: 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 the Athletics Compliance Director and the Senior Women's
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 Derek Horne, Athletic Director).
Serve as a volunteer tutor in the Tutorial Lab (See Colonel Rickey Coleman, Athletics Academic Advisor and Director of Academic Advising for University College).
Maximize use of GradesFirst, Blackboard, and other retention-based, educational technologies (e.g., videotaping, Elluminate® recording, YouTube postings, etc. of learning experiences) to assure that classroom learning content, activities, and/or outcomes are accessible, achieved and reinforced.
Serve as a mentor to students-who-happen-to-be-athletes.
Work with the Title IX Director, Lljuna Weir (email@example.com), to ensure all students have the safest environment and equitable experience possible.
As we inaugurate and advance through the 2015-2016 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.
You play an indispensable role in the success of our student-athletes. Please visit this page as often as you can as, together, we better serve all of our students. To learn more click our repository!
John G. Igwebuike ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Vice-Provost/Interim Dean of Business
Alcorn State University
1000 ASU Drive #175
Lorman, MS 39096-7500
Phone: (601) 877-6140