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XIV. Athletics and Physical Education

A. The Director of Athletics and Physical Education

  1. Duties

    The Director of Athletics and Physical Education, subsequently referred to as the Director, will oversee all aspects of the athletics and physical education program. The Director will be responsible for ensuring that the athletics and physical education programs are in keeping with the educational goals of the college.

  2. Appointment

    The director is appointed by the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources in consultation with the senior members of the department of athletics and physical education and the faculty athletics advisory committee.  The director is a tenured member of the faculty; the director is appointed for a renewable six-year term.

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B. The Associate Director of Athletics

  1. Duties

    The associate director of athletics will assist the director in the organization and maintenance of the athletics program in keeping with the goals of the program and the educational mission of the college. 

    The associate director of athletics may teach or coach with the agreement of the director.

    Appointment

  2. The associate director of athletics will be appointed by the director in consultation with the associate director of physical education and the senior members of the department.  The appointment may be made from among the members of the department or from among candidates outside of the college.  The associate director of athletics will ordinarily hold faculty rank at the level of senior lecturer.

    The associate director of athletics will initially be appointed on a two-year contract; each contract thereafter will ordinarily be of five years’ duration.

    Should a lecturer or senior lecturer from within the department of athletics and physical education accept appointment as associate director of athletics, that lecturer will receive a new contract as associate director and the contract as lecturer will be terminated.  The conditions, if any, under which the appointee may return to previous duties on a new lecturer or senior lecturer contract at the conclusion of the term as associate director will be determined by the director in consultation with the appointee, the faculty athletics representative, and the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, and will be specified in writing at the time of the appointment.  If no such conditions are specified, or if specified conditions are not met, an associate director of athletics, appointed from among the lecturers, who is not reappointed to the position at the end of the associate director’s term will have no guarantee of continued employment at the college. 

    Should an instructor or assistant professor from within the department of athletics and physical education accept appointment as associate director of athletics, that appointee will receive a new contract as associate director and the contract as instructor or assistant professor will be terminated.  The conditions, if any, under which the appointee may return to previous duties on a new tenure-track contract at the conclusion of the term as associate director will be determined by the director in consultation with the appointee, the faculty athletics representative, and the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, and will be specified in writing at the time of the appointment.  If no such conditions are specified, or if specified conditions are not met, an associate director of athletics, appointed from among the instructors or assistant professors, who is not reappointed to the position at the end of associate director’s term will have no guarantee of continued employment at the college.

    Should an associate professor or professor from within the department of athletics and physical education accept appointment as associate director of athletics, that professor will retain the current professorial rank and tenured status. The conditions, if any, under which the appointee may return to previous duties at the conclusion of the term as associate director will be determined by the director in consultation with the appointee, the faculty athletics representative, and the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, and will be specified in writing at the time of the appointment.  If no such conditions are specified, or if specified conditions are not met, an associate director of athletics, appointed from among the tenured members of the department, who is not reappointed to the position at the end of the associate director’s term will be assigned duties within the department by the director in consultation with the faculty athletics representative and the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources.

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C. The Associate Director of Physical Education

  1. Duties

    The associate director of physical education will assist the director in organizing and maintaining the physical education program in keeping with the goals of the program and the educational mission of the college.

  2. Election

    The associate director of physical education will be elected by a vote of the director and all of the members of the department who are teaching physical education in the year in which the election is being held.  Faculty who wish to stand for the position may nominate themselves or be nominated by any member of the department who is eligible to vote.

    The term of the associate director of physical education will be for three years.  The holder of the position may be reelected to a second term.  However, it is expected that this position will rotate among the members of the department who are involved in teaching physical education and that the position will involve a reduction in teaching and/or coaching load.

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D. Teachers, Head Coaches, and Administrators

  1. Duties

    Positions in the department are composed of various combinations of teaching physical education classes, coaching athletics teams, and performing administrative work.

  2. Appointment

    A new faculty appointment is made at the level of lecturer or instructor.  The Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, in consultation with the director and, if necessary, the Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee, will determine at which level the appointment will be made.  The director is expected to discuss this decision with the members of the department before bringing a recommendation to the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources.  This determination may also be made in negotiation with a candidate for the position.

    If the position of director of life fitness is appointed from among the members of the department with faculty status, then the same stipulations as described above for the associate director of athletics (see B.2 above) will apply.

  3. Suffrage

    The director and associate directors of athletics and physical education will have academic suffrage. Full-time members of the department with faculty status whose teaching and/or coaching responsibility is at least half of their contractual responsibility have academic suffrage.  If a faculty member who has academic suffrage accepts a full-time administrative position, the faculty member will have academic suffrage for a period of not more than five consecutive years in that position.  All senior members of the department, regardless of whether they have faculty status, are entitled to vote in departmental meetings. All members of the department may consult with the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, the faculty athletics representative, or members of the Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee on matters affecting the conduct of the department.

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E. Faculty Athletics Representative

  1. Election

    The faculty athletics representative (FAR) will be a full professor from a department other than athletics and physical education, elected by the faculty for a term of three years.  There is no limit on the number of terms, successive or total, that a faculty member may serve.

  2. Duties

    The FAR provides advice and oversight for the intercollegiate athletics program.  Duties and responsibilities associated with the position, which is mandated at every member institution by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, are elaborated in the NCAA’s Faculty Athletics Representative Handbook.

    The FAR is chair of the Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee (FAAC) and participates in reviews of personnel in the department of athletics and physical education as specified elsewhere.  FARs serve as a member of the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid.  They may also serve as a member of committees within the department of athletics and physical education.

    The FAR will regularly attend meetings of the department of athletics and physical education.  The FAR will meet regularly with the director and, as necessary, with the president, the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, and/or other relevant senior officers of the college to discuss the intercollegiate athletics program and related matters.

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