Jeremy S. Jordan, director of Temple University’s Sport Industry Research Center and an associate professor in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, has been appointed the university’s faculty athletics representative (FAR). He succeeds Eleanor W. Myers, an associate professor at the Beasley School of Law, who is stepping down from the position.
FARs, who are a requirement by NCAA legislation, help ensure academic integrity of intercollegiate athletics programs and enhance the student-athlete experience. Jordan will serve as the representative of Temple and its faculty to the American Athletic Conference, NCAA and other stakeholder groups. His five-year term begins July 1.
“Dr. Jordan has an incredible blend of personal and professional experience that will inform his role as Temple’s faculty athletics representative,” said President Neil D. Theobald. “As we welcome Jeremy to this position, we also recognize Eleanor’s distinguished service. The university has benefited greatly from her efforts on behalf of Temple’s intercollegiate athletics program.”
A former student-athlete, coach and administrator, Jordan researches intercollegiate athletics and teaches courses on the topic at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is currently the principal investigator on a study funded by the NCAA that examines the relative consistency of sanctions issued by its Committee on Infractions over the last 50 years.
“I’ve been involved in and studied intercollegiate athletics from various perspectives, and these different roles have allowed me to understand the experience of student- athletes and coaches, the role of an athletic program in higher education, and the structure and processes of the NCAA,” Jordan said. “I welcome the opportunity to leverage this knowledge as Temple’s FAR.”
The FAR reports directly to the president and is the president’s senior advisor outside of the Athletics Department on matters related to intercollegiate athletics. The FAR also advises the athletics director.
In collaboration with Temple Athletics Director Patrick Kraft, Jordan developed a two-year experiential learning extern program in the Athletics Department for School of Tourism and Hospitality Management graduate students.
“I’m excited to continue working with Jeremy and provide the highest-caliber program for our student-athletes,” Kraft said. “He will be a tremendous asset for the university in this role.”
Jordan has also served as a member of the Faculty Senate Athletics Oversight Committee and the Nancy and Donald Resnick Academic Support Center Faculty Advisory Committee.
A FAR search committee, chaired by Temple Chancellor Richard Englert, oversaw the application and nomination process.