Matthew Streb, the faculty athletics representative (FAR) at Northern Illinois University, has been elected as one of just two Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) representatives on the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA) Executive Committee and will serve a two year term.
“I am honored to have been elected by my FAR peers to represent FBS universities on the FARA Executive Committee,” Streb said. “The landscape of college athletics is changing, perhaps more so than any other time in history, and the role of faculty in discussions surrounding intercollegiate athletics is needed now more than ever. I look forward to working with my fellow FARs to promote academic integrity and protect student-athlete wellbeing.”
Streb, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, has served as chair of the MAC Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives since 2013.
He was one of 15 FARs from across the country recognized by National Football Foundation as part of the organization’s 2012 Faculty Salute Initiative honoring FARs at each of the schools who had a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.
Streb is the author of two books, The New Electoral Politics of Race (University of Alabama, 2002) and Rethinking American Electoral Democracy (Routledge, 2008, 2011), and the editor or co-editor of five others including Law and Election Politics (Routledge 2013), Running for Judge (New York University Press, 2007) and Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century (Stanford University Press, 2006). Streb has published numerous articles and book chapters, including pieces in Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Political Behavior, and American Politics Research.
Streb began serving as the NIU’s faculty athletics representative in 2012.