Jenifer L. Gerard



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Previous research has demonstrated the benefits to part-time faculty when strong partnerships are fostered within the campus community. Additionally, past studies have highlighted the effects of positive relationships between faculty and student-athletes. This presentation provides new faculty (particularly adjunct and part-time) with a better understanding of the diversity within the student-athlete population at the University of Dayton, as well as the role that The Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes (OASSA) takes in assisting students during their transition into intercollegiate athletics and the college experience, while ensuring that all student-athletes work toward successful completion of a baccalaureate degree, meeting requirements set by NCAA and other governing bodies. Through a review of relevant literature, the presenter identifies ways to build productive relationships between adjunct and part-time faculty and the community of approximately 400 student-athletes who represent the University of Dayton in 17 Division I sports while pursuing studies across a wide variety of majors. This presentation will also propose an agenda for a future open house hosted by OASSA which will allow faculty, OASSA staff, and student-athletes to meet in order to build and strengthen partnerships in learning.

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Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Michele M. Welkener

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Building and Supporting Faculty & Student-Athlete Relationships