Mary E. Graham, a professor of sports management at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and an affiliate professor at the Whitman School of Management, has been named Syracuse University’s new Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), a critical role ensuring that the student-athlete experience reflects the University’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence and overall student success. Graham was selected from a pool of talented and highly qualified applicants.
“Mary has stood out for her scholarly research and deep understanding of equity issues in college sport,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud. “The depth and breadth of her professional experiences – from being a legislative assistant, to her research in human resource management, to her advocacy work in the area of gender equity – uniquely qualifies her to to be a trusted advisor to me on all things student-athlete experience.
In his role as FAR, Graham will advise the Chancellor and Provost on NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) legislation and policy updates and represent Syracuse University as a voting delegate. at the NCAA’s annual convention. FAR also acts as a liaison between athletics and academics, periodically reporting to faculty and administration on the academic well-being of student-athletes. Graham will also be responsible for reporting the academic preparation and performance of student-athletes on each sports team to the administration, Board of Directors, Athletics Compliance Committee, and head coaches, among others.
“I am extremely honored to be the new faculty athletic representative at Syracuse University,” said Graham. “As a liaison with Syracuse Athletics, the NCAA, and the ACC, I will devote my efforts to improving academic opportunities, learning, and well-being for student-athletes. I look forward to working with Chancellor Syverud, Provost Gretchen Ritter and Athletic Director John Wildhack and his team on these efforts.
Graham has been a faculty member at Falk College since 2012. She teaches courses in research methods, sports organization management, human resource management and organizational behavior at the undergraduate, MBA and postgraduate levels. direction. She recently developed a new undergraduate course, Race, Gender and Diversity in Sport Organizations.
In 2018-20, Graham served as a Provost faculty member, working with the Provost and University Senate to implement shared competencies that ensure all undergraduates graduate with a defined set of competencies , skills and abilities. Graham and his colleagues have received national attention for research published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior that examines the relationship between the gender composition of executives among National Football League (NFL) teams and subsequent player misconduct. these teams. She has completed other studies on the mistreatment of NFL cheerleaders, employment discrimination enforcement policy, the use of formal compensation systems, and high-level accountability to reduce discrimination in employment. Graham is co-editor of the Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal and serves on the editorial board of the journal Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Labor and Employment Relations Association.
Graham succeeds Rick Burton, David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Practice in Sport Management, who had been FAR since 2014.
“I am grateful for Rick’s hard work on behalf of our university, the athletics program and student-athletes,” said Chancellor Syverud. “He has done a tremendous job of advocating for the Orange community and ensuring that our student-athletes have access to resources, services and opportunities to succeed, both in the classroom and on the sports fields. “
Prior to his appointment to the faculty at Syracuse University, Graham held faculty appointments at Georgia State University, George Washington University, and Clarkson University. She has published numerous articles and been widely cited in the fields of human resources management (HRM), public policies and employment discrimination, gender in employment and HRM in supply chains. ‘supply. Graham earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a BS in Accounting from LeMoyne College, where she played on the women’s soccer team. She also earned her CPA and worked for several members of the United States House of Representatives prior to her graduate studies.