Louise Stark, professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, begins a 3-year term as Faculty Athletic Represenative on June 1, 2014.
Louise Stark to serve as Faculty Athletic Representative
Louise Stark, professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, begins a renewable three-year term as the University's Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) on June 1, 2014.
The FAR, in compliance with NCAA requirements, serves as the University liaison between faculty and athletics. He or she represents the University faculty at the conference and NCAA level, and provides a faculty perspective on the institution's conduct of its intercollegiate athletics program. The FAR certifies student-athletes' academic eligibility, monitors their academic progress and welfare and works to resolve their academic concerns. The FAR monitors and, as appropriate, investigates NCAA rules compliance. The FAR also provides counsel to the athletics director in NCAA and conference policy development, sits on athletics committees as appropriate, and, along with the athletics director and senior women's administrator, represents the University at conference meetings.
The FAR must be a full-time, tenured member of the faculty, who has the respect of his or her colleagues, a strong academic reputation, and a personal reputation for fairness and thoughtful decision-making.
Professor Stark is an associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science and a professor of computer engineering. She has been at Pacific since 1992. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering. She has been honored by Pacific for both her teaching and research, receiving the Eberhardt Teacher Scholar Award and the University of the Pacific 2001 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer. She has also published more than 40 papers and a seminal textbook. Stark has been an active member of the Athletics Advisory Board for four years and has provided valuable insight in that role. She is respected across the University and her involvement and passion for student welfare are perfectly matched for the role as FAR.
President Eibeck extends her thanks to Dr. Stark for her willingness to do this important service and believes she will be an excellent FAR. She also wishes to acknowledge the excellent service provided by Professor Robert Hanyak, who has served as FAR from 2007 to 2014.
The FAR can always be reached at FAR@pacific.edu.