August 2 – INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that Hiram College assistant professor of biology and Faculty Athletics Representative, Jennifer Clark, PH.D., has been selected to attend the NCAA Division III FAR Fellows Institute in the fall of 2017.
The FAR Fellows Institute was launched in 2010 and aims to increase the effectiveness of Division III FARs at the campus, conference, and national levels.
Institute attendees participate in a three-day professional development program. The components of the program provide a thorough examination of best practices and issues surrounding the role and responsibility of the FAR, help the 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.
To be eligible for the program, FARs must have two or more years of experience as the FAR, should be recognized for having positive leadership qualities within the institution, and have endorsements by the FAR's commissioner, president or athletics director.
"I am happy and excited that Jenn received this opportunity to attend the 2017 FAR Institute in October," commented Athletic Director Ellen Dempsey. "Jenn is heading into her second full year as one of our FAR's and this conference will help better connect her with the NCAA Division III philosophy and the role of the FAR within D-III athletics."
Along with being the school's NCAC Faculty Representative, Clark is an assistant professor of biology specializing in aquatic biology and invertebrate zoology. She is active with the James H. Barrow Field Station and directs a wide variety of independent research projects.
Clark was one of just 24 FARs from around the country to be selected for the Institute, which will take place at the NCAA national office from October 13-15.