Christopher Jones and Melanie Marine have been named the new Faculty Athletics Representatives at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
The Faculty Athletics Representative serves as a liaison between UW Oshkosh and its Athletics Department, and also as a university delegate in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (WIAC) and National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) affairs.
The Faculty Athletics Representative plays a strategic role in promoting academic integrity and institutional control of intercollegiate athletics, facilitating the integration of the athletics and academic components of the collegiate community, and enhancing the student-athlete experience.
“I want to thank Chris and Melanie for agreeing to serve as our Faculty Athletics Representatives through the 2024-25 academic year,” said Darryl Sims, UW Oshkosh Assistant Chancellor, Athletics. “Chris and Melanie both love sports and are strong supporters of all of the work being done by our student-athletes, coaches and support staff. They will provide invaluable service and advice to our department on a variety of subjects, particularly those that involve our student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of competition and within the Division III landscape.”
Jones replaces Lee Van Sycoc as the Men’s Faculty Athletics Representative while Marine succeeds Druscilla Scribner as the Women’s.
Jones arrived on the UW Oshkosh campus as an assistant professor in the College of Business in 2012. He has since taught numerous accounting (financial and managerial) and taxation courses at the introductory and advanced level.
The Muscatine, Iowa, native came to UW Oshkosh from Western Illinois University, where served as an assistant professor in the College of Business from 2009-12. He was also a graduate teaching assistant at both the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of South Florida.
Jones has served on the Committee on Committees, University Resource Allocation Academic Criteria Sub-Committee, Faculty Senate, Tenure Task Force, Faculty Development Board, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, Athletics Hall of Fame, and Strategic Planning Committee since becoming a member of the UW Oshkosh faculty.
Jones received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and his doctorate degree from the University of South Florida in 2009.
Marine joined the UW Oshkosh faculty as an adjunct instructor in the College of Education and Human Services in 2001. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Reading and Study Skills Center, an adjunct instructor in the Division of Online and Continuing Education and a Team Fellow for the UW Oshkosh football program.
The Milwaukee native has been a member of UW Oshkosh’s Senate of Academic Staff for the past six years and served as the committee’s president during the 2019-20 academic year. She also was a member of the school’s Academic Policies and Distinguished Teaching committees.
Marine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW Oshkosh in 1998 and 2000, respectively.