Faculty Athletic Representative search

Seeking Faculty Athletic Representative

The university is seeking to appoint a new Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for the University of Oregon. The current FAR, Jim O’Fallon, is retiring, and has agreed to serve through the 2014-2015 academic year to mentor the new FAR as he or she transitions into the position.

An advisory recruitment committee has been appointed to conduct a search for a suitable replacement. Andy Karduna, associate professor of human physiology, is the chair of the committee. Other members are Dennis Howard, professor emeritus of marketing; Lorraine Davis, special assistant to the provost and president; Sue Eveland, university registrar; Ben DeJarnette, student; Miriam Deutsch, professor of physics; and Jim Isenberg, professor of mathmatics. The committee is staffed by Greg Rikhoff, presidential chief of staff. The committee will recommend finalists to the president, who will then make the final appointment.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires that each of its member institutions have a FAR to serve as a liaison between athletics and academics, and to represent the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. The NCAA requires that the FAR be a member of the institution’s faculty or an administrator who holds faculty rank and shall not hold an administrative or coaching position in the athletics department.

The FAR at the UO is responsible for ensuring the academic integrity of the intercollegiate athletic program, promoting the well-being of student athletes, and supporting institutional control of athletics through oversight of compliance and student eligibility. As part of the job, the FAR is required to travel to meetings and attend many athletic events. Additionally the FAR must be immediately available to address compliance and eligibility issues, as well as to meet certification deadlines as required by the NCAA. In carrying out eligibility certification and compliance-related duties, the FAR receives considerable support from various departments on campus, including the Office of the Registrar. The FAR reports directly to the President. As such, one of the roles of the FAR is to communicate with the President on a regular basis to discuss general issues related to student athletes on campus, as well as compliance issues with the PAC12 and NCAA. The complete description of the FAR’s duties is available here.

The FAR appointment is for five years. It is a half-time, 12-month position with a negotiated salary and stipend. The Office of the President will buy out the half-time position and will help negotiate relinquishment of the appointee’s duties from his or her current assignment, if necessary.  

Additional information about the national FAR program can be found in the Faculty Athletics Representative Handbook. Questions about the position may also be submitted to Andy Karduna or Greg Rikhoff. This is a confidential search process.

To express interest or suggest a suitable faculty member candidate, please submit a brief letter of interest or letter of nomination to Andy Karduna. The date to express interest or nominate candidates has been extended to May 9.