Marvin Dawkins Named New Faculty Athletic Representative to the ACC and NCAA

Coral Gables (April 17, 2012) — Marvin Dawkins, a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen as the University of Miami’s new faculty athletic representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA, replacing Clyde McCoy, of the Miller School of Medicine, after his 17 years of service in that role. Dawkins will assume the post in August.

“We have been very fortunate to have Dr. McCoy help guide our educational mission for our athletics program for the last 17 years, and we are grateful for his dedicated service to the University and our students,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala. “Dr. Dawkins steps in at a critical time when academic oversight for intercollegiate athletics has never been greater. His extensive experience at the University of Miami as a scholar and faculty leader, especially his service as chairman of the Faculty Senate’s Athletics Committee, makes him an excellent choice as our new faculty athletic representative to the ACC and the NCAA.”

In his new post Dawkins will be responsible for ensuring the academic integrity of students participating in University athletic programs and helping to oversee institutional control of the Department of Athletics. The faculty athletic representative serves as a liaison between the University and the athletic department. This individual is the University’s voting delegate to the ACC conference and represents UM with the NCAA and ACC.

“Clyde McCoy has been a great representative and champion for UM Athletics for many years, and we all want to thank him for his service to our department and to our student- athletes,” said Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst. “We look forward to the partnership, expertise and guidance that Dr. Marvin Dawkins will provide the University and our department in the coming years.”

Dawkins received his Ph.D. from Florida State University and completed postdoctoral research fellowships at Howard University and The Johns Hopkins University. He is currently professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami.  He previously served on the faculties of the University of Maryland-College Park, Old Dominion University, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

His research focuses on issues of race and social equity in such areas as education, career aspirations and mobility, substance abuse prevention, and sports. He has published widely in these areas, including his most recent article titled “Race and Pathways to Power in the National Football League” (with Jomills H. Braddock and Erica Smith), which appears in American Behavioral Scientist (2012). His research on golf includes book chapters, scholarly articles, and the book African American Golfers During the Jim Crow Era (Praeger 2000), coauthored with Graham C. Kinloch. Dawkins was recently appointed to the United States Golf Association Museum Committee and is currently completing a study on the media treatment of black golfers from the Jim Crow era to the present.

“I think of it not in terms of the honorific title, but as an extension of the kinds of roles that I have played in promoting excellence and integrity in academics as a professor for more than 30 years, 22 of them at UM,” Dawkins said of his recent appointment. “Having an affinity for students and their development is simply a part of what being a professor at a university is all about. I’ve had the privilege of not only working with students at the University, but in particular working with student-athletes.”

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