March 23, 2006
Don B. Pope-Davis, associate vice president for graduate studies and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed chair of the University’s Faculty Board on Athletics and its NCAA faculty athletics representative by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president.
“As a member of both the Faculty Board on Athletics since 2002 and the Provost Advisory Council since 2004, Don has a distinct understanding of and appreciation for the blend of athletic and academic excellence that we seek at Notre Dame,” Father Jenkins said. “I am pleased that he has accepted this appointment and look forward to the leadership he will bring in this area.”
Pope-Davis succeeds Fernand N. “Tex” Dutile, professor of law, who had served in both positions since 2000.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Pope-Davis studies in the areas of multicultural psychology, counseling and education. Specifically, he is interested in cultural and racial identity development, cultural competency training, development, and assessment. Other areas of research include multicultural supervision in professional psychology, development of multicultural measures for assessing environments and supervision, issues of mental health of people of color, and cross-cultural communications.
Pope-Davis is the co-author of three books, “Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education, and Supervision,” “The Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling,” and, most recently, “Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology.” He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters in the field and is a research fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Pope-Davis was appointed assistant vice president of the Notre Dame Graduate School in 2002 and promoted to associate vice president two years later. He has served as coordinator of the University’s Multicultural Research Institute since 2000 and is director of Notre Dame’s McNair Scholars Program, a federally funded initiative that promotes and prepares first generation and under-represented college students for doctoral studies.
In addition to his service on the faculty board and the Provost Advisory Council, Pope-Davis has served on several other Notre Dame bodies, including the Diversity Committee (currently) and as chair of the NCAA certification sub-committee for equity, gender and sportsmanship from 2002 to 2004.
Pope-Davis earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. He previously taught and conducted research at the University of Maryland for six years and the University of Iowa for five years. He also served as a senior staff psychologist in the University Counseling Service at Iowa and as a Counselor in the Stanford University Counseling Institute.
The Faculty Board on Athletics serves as the principal advisory group to the University president on educational issues related to athletics. The board is composed of 15 members: seven elected from the University’s teaching and research faculty; four appointed by the president (three from the teaching and research faculty and one from the student body); and four ex officio members – the vice president for student affairs, the director of athletics, the director of academic services for student-athletes, and a representative from the president’s office.
The board’s principal purpose is to foster the University’s commitment to academic integrity in athletics and to ensure that the athletic program operates in consonance with the University’s educational mission. It also serves as a formal liaison between the faculty and athletic department. Among its activities, the board monitors data on the admission of student-athletes and their academic performance, progress toward degrees, and graduation rates. It also assesses the effectiveness of institutional support for student-athletes. The board approves or declines all petitions for fifth years of eligibility.
The board’s activities closely match the responsibilities of the NCAA faculty representative, who also is expected to advise the president, uphold academic integrity and student welfare, and serve as the liaison to the institution’s faculty. The faculty representative also functions as a principal link between the institution and the NCAA in matters of eligibility, certification and compliance with NCAA regulations.