Gleason_TimOn Jan. 1, Tim Gleason, former dean of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications (SOJC), began his role as UO Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).

The FAR is a member of the university’s faculty at an NCAA institution that serves as a liaison between the institution and its athletics department, and also as a representative of the program in conference and NCAA affairs.

At the UO, Gleason will be responsible for certifying the academic eligibility of more than 500 student-athletes, overseeing the well being of student-athletes on the field and in the classroom, and representing the UO in the Pac-12 Conference and NCAA.

“The athletic department takes the student part of student-athlete very seriously,” says Gleason. “Everyone in the athletic department is very conscious that student-athletes are students first. It’s very reassuring to see the degree to which we have mechanisms and support structure in place to support student-athletes.”

Gleason hopes to travel with every team at least once to be a part of its experience and make sure their academic needs are being met. In addition to his role as FAR, Gleason will continue teaching at the SOJC, directing the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism, and coordinating the SOJC’s upcoming 100th anniversary.

“I applied for the FAR position because I think that athletics play a very important role on the campus, and student-athletes are an important part of this campus,” explains Gleason. “This position is an opportunity to support student-athletes and hopefully help better integrate the athletic and academic experience on this campus.”

Gleason served 16 years as Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the SOJC and was the 2013 recipient of the Charles E. Scripps Award for journalism and mass communications administrator of the year. His teaching and research focuses on communication law and ethics. He most recently worked as a special assistant to the provost.

Story by Jessica Glackin ’15