Athletic Academic Counselors in the Center for Athletic Academic Services serve student-athletes
in a variety of capacities on a daily basis throughout the year. Athletic Academic
Counselors work diligently to ensure that all student-athletes receive the assistance
necessary to succeed in the classroom. The responsibilities of Athletic Academic Counselors
include, but are not limited to:
Each semester, student-athletes meet with their assigned Athletic Academic Counselor
to discuss major selection and degree completion as well as schedule courses for the
upcoming semester. This process requires a partnership between the counselor and the
student-athlete to ensure student-athletes continually make timely progress toward
Athletic Academic Counselors nominate student-athletes on their respective teams for
a variety of academic awards, including those sponsored by Conference USA. In addition,
the Center for Athletic Academic Services recognizes student-athletes on a monthly
and semester basis for a variety of awards. For specific information on these awards,
please see Academic Awards.
Through weekly or bi-weekly meetings, Athletic Academic Counselors provide academic
counseling to student-athletes. Academic counseling includes, but is not limited to,
discussion of academic progress (including recent assignments, projects, and exams),
upcoming academic work, evaluation of study skills, and preparedness for travel. Counselors
also assist in helping new student-athletes make the transition from high school to
college while adjusting to and handling the demands of a stressful academic and athletic
Athletic Academic Counselors serve as academic mentors for student-athletes regarding
the development of academic skills necessary for classroom success. At times, trained
upperclass students and graduate students may also serve as academic mentors for specific
student-athletes. Academic mentors provide general academic guidance for at-risk student-athletes
and work primarily on a one-on-one basis.
Through various forms of communication with professors, including telephone calls,
emails, and grade reports, Athletic Academic Counselors monitor the grades and academic
progress of student-athletes on their respective teams.
All first-year students at the University of Memphis have the opportunity to take
the course, ACAD 1100: Academic Strategies. Freshmen student-athletes take ACAD 1100
during their first semester at Memphis. The Director, Associate Director, and Athletic
Academic Counselors teach sections of this course specifically for student-athletes.
The course assists student-athletes in making the transition to college-level academics
and learning about campus resources.
Athletic Academic Counselors assist student-athletes in preparing for future careers.
Through academic advising, weekly meetings, general conversations, and our PAWS program, counselors
help student-athletes match desired careers with majors and refer student-athletes
to other campus resources such as Career and Employment Services to assist in preparing
for life after college. For specific information, please see the Student-Athlete Development (PAWS) web page or Career Services web page.
Athletic Academic Counselors work closely with Student Disability Services (located
in 110 Wilder Tower) to coordinate academic programs for those student-athletes who
may need this additional support.
Athletic Academic Counselors assist former student-athletes who return to the University
of Memphis in order to assist them with degree completion and progress toward graduation.
Objective Study Hall
Student-athletes, at certain points in their academic careers, are required to participate
in the study hall program. Athletic Academic Counselors proactively monitor student-athletes
in the study hall program. Study hall is designed to provide student-athletes with
an avenue to study in a learning-centered environment. Study hall takes place in the
center where student-athletes can utilize computers, study carrels, and tutoring services
The entire staff in the Center for Athletic Academic Services implements an Orientation
program for all incoming freshmen and transfer student-athletes. Orientation is held
prior to the beginning of classes in August and January. Orientation sessions assist
student-athletes in preparing for the upcoming semester, adjusting to the college
environment, and learning about campus resources available to all students.
At times, Athletic Academic Counselors assist student-athletes in dealing with the
daily stresses of life as a student-athlete. If necessary, counselors refer student-athletes
to other campus resources if student-athletes need additional counseling services
or assistance from other professionals on campus.
Athletic Academic Counselors ensure that student-athletes receive and provide professors
with a travel letter each semester. A travel letter includes the dates and times of
travel for the entire semester. Providing faculty with a travel letter at the beginning
of the semester allows for each student-athlete to engage in a conversation with his
or her professors about travel dates that may conflict with exams, assignments, or
other course requirements. Travel letters assist student-athletes in developing reliable
communication with faculty regarding one’s participation in athletics. Athletic Academic
Counselors follow up with faculty as needed regarding student-athlete travel or other
extenuating circumstances like illness or deaths in the family.
One of the Athletic Academic Counselors also serves a Tutor Coordinator for the Center
of Athletic Academic Services. The tutoring program is extremely active in helping
provide student-athletes with additional academic assistance as needed. Upperclass
students and graduate students serve as tutors in a variety of academic subjects ranging
from English and Math to Spanish and Philosophy. Tutor sessions are held in conjunction
with the study hall program in the academic center. Most often, student-athletes meet
with tutors in one-on-one meetings, but at times, student-athletes may meet with tutors
in small group settings. Tutor sessions serve as additional explanation of course
material, not as a supplement for class attendance.
Athletic Academic Counselors meet weekly with freshmen and transfer student-athletes
to discuss academic progress (including recent assignments, projects, and exams),
upcoming academic work, evaluation of study skills, and preparedness for travel. In
addition, counselors keep constant communication with all student-athletes on their
Additional Responsibilities of Athletic Academic Counselors:
- Meet with professors, advisors, or other campus personnel as necessary.
- Work with professors if problems arise with student-athlete academic performance.
- Report academic progress and study hall performance to coaches on a weekly basis.
- Assist coaches in recruiting by meeting with prospective student-athletes and their