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Small Joins Razorback Staff

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Small Joins Razorback Staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dr. Charles Small joined the University of Arkansas Department of Athletics as the Director of Student-Athlete Development it was announced today. As the Director of Student-Athlete Development, Small serves as a member of the office of student-athlete success leadership team and oversees the day-to-day operation of the student-athlete development program. Small is responsible for supervising the life skills and career development programs. These programs prepare student-athletes for a productive collegiate experience by providing opportunities for leadership, personal growth and development, sportsmanship, community outreach, career development, as well as a successful transition to life beyond graduation. Additionally, he serves as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and serves on the Athletic Department Performance Team. Small also collaborates with units in the Division of Student Affairs as the athletics representative on the RAZORCAT team focusing on campus resources, helping student-athletes adjust to campus life and integrating them with the student body. Other responsibilities include coordinating drug and alcohol education and counseling for student-athletes, and assisting with the coordination of community service projects. Prior to joining the Razorbacks Small worked as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Enrichment at the University of New Orleans. Small was the lead administrator and assisted in developing and coordinating the Department of Athletics Strategic Plan. He served as the sport administrator for men’s and women’s track and field. He also served on the search committee assisting in hiring the head baseball coach, the track and field coach and head and assistant volleyball coaches. Small managed the budget for the student-athlete enrichment unit and monitored more than 175 student-athletes’ academic progress. Prior to working at New Orleans, Small was the Assistant Academic Counselor and Assistant Director of Life Skills at the University of Pittsburgh. He coordinated and tracked community service projects for student-athletes, supervised graduate assistants and interns, assisted in the creation of materials and programs such as career and graduate school preparation, personal development, financial education and character and leadership development. In 2010, he joined Pitt’s academic support services for student-athletes (ASSSA) staff as a counselor and was responsible for working with the football program’s sophomore class and the women’s track team. In August 2012, Small graduated from the NCAA Leadership Institute. In addition to his duties as an academic counselor, Small served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. A native of Detroit, Mich., Small attended Pitt, earning three degrees— a bachelor’s and master’s in social work — and in April 2013, completed his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D). Hisdissertation was focused on collegiate student-athletes’ role identity and career development attitudes. While working towards his undergraduate degree, Small earned three varsity letters during a four-year run with the Pitt basketball team (2002-06) that included a pair of Big East championships. A perennial member of the Big East Academic Honor Roll, Small was also honored as a Pitt Scholar-Athlete. Small is married to fellow University of Pittsburgh alumnus Celeste Small.



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