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Anderson Selected as NCAA Division III Far Fellow

Tracey Anderson
Author: 
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
Publication date: 
July 25, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Minnesota Morris' Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), Associate Professor of Biology Tracey Anderson, has been selected as a 2017 NCAA Division III FAR Fellow. Anderson is one of nine faculty members on the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Council of Faculty Athletic Representatives.

Anderson has an expertise in aquatic entomology and odonates. She is part of the University's curriculum committee, which develops, reviews, and recommends curricular policy dealing with majors, minors, general education, the honors program, and all academic requirements. Anderson holds a PhD from Oregon State University and a master's from the University of Kansas. She completed her undergraduate degree at Division III Gustavus Adolphus College.

The FAR Fellows Institute was launced in 2010 and aims to increase the effectiveness of Division III FARs at the campus, conference, and national levels.

Institute attendees will participate in a three-day professional development program at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis Friday, October 13, to Sunday, October 15. The components of the program provide a thorough examination of best practices and issues surrounding the role and responsibility of the FAR, help FAR Fellows develop the leadership skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities on campus and in their conference, and strengthen the network of FARs needed to serve on conference, divisional and association-wide committees. The Institute will conclude with FAR Fellows committing to taking action on at least one idea. Highlights from 2016 included:

Campus

  1. Attend new faculty orientation. Include a DIII orientation.
  2. Meet with athletic teams.
  3. Adopt a team/faculty member.
  4. Develop a job description and send to president.
  5. Speak to plenary faculty.

Conference

  1. Meet or talk to the conference commissioner and AD group.
  2. Communicate good ideas and best practices.
  3. Attend conference meetings (prepare with bylaws, etc).

National

  1. Attend NCAA Convention and/or FARA.
  2. Read FARA Voice and the DIII Monthly Update and talk to AD.
  3. Identify opportunities and submit self-nominations to serve on national committees.

Jeffery Wiechman of Martin Luther College attended the FAR Fellows Institute as the UMAC representative in 2016, while Andy Goyke of Northland College was a part of the faculty leading the Institute. Goyke has also attended the Institute as a UMAC representative in the past.