|President Kupchella seeks FAR letters of interest|
Letters of interest are being sought by President Kupchella to assume the role of Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for the current Division II sports at UND as it transitions to Division I. This call is precipitated by the changed institutional role of the current FAR, Phil Harmeson. Mr. Harmeson has had his administrative duties expanded over the years to the point where he is now the full-time Senior Associate to the President with no faculty-related assignment(s). While the NCAA requires that a FAR “shall be a member of the institution’s faculty or an administrator who holds faculty rank” a determination has been made that the primary FAR duties should be transferred to an individual with a traditional faculty role.
The role of the FAR is to serve as a point of contact between the campus and the NCAA in the regular conduct of intercollegiate athletic programs with an emphasis on student-athlete welfare. The selected individual will be the primary institutional representative charged with ensuring that the UND Athletic Department is in compliance with the NCAA Constitution and Bylaws, as well as other duties. The FAR reports directly to the President and may not hold any administrative or coaching duties in the Athletic Department. This uncompensated appointment has usually carried with it a one-course load reduction with the agreement of the home department. There is no staff support associated with this position. The limited travel (to NCAA, North Central Conference, and FAR Association meetings) and related expenses are covered by the President’s Office.
Faculty members interested in being considered are asked to send a letter of interest to President Kupchella. All interested parties should feel free to contact the current FAR, Phil Harmeson, Senior Associate to the President, for more information if needed. Letters of interest should be received in the President’s Office by Friday, Sept. 22.
--Jan Orvik for President Charles Kupchella.