In October of 2017, Dr. Charles Small was promoted to Associate Athletic Director of Academic Services. In this role he continues to have oversight of the academic services unit. This unit is responsible for coordinating tutoring, assisting with class scheduling, study skills, time management, monitoring academic eligibility and progress towards degree requirements and strategically supporting student-athletes to meet their fullest potential academically. Small is a member of the athletic department’s executive staff. Additionally, Small serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University of Arkansas and part time instructor in the School of Social Work.
Small joined the University of Arkansas Department of Athletics staff in May 2014. As the Director of Student-Athlete Development, Small served as a member of the Office of Student-Athlete Success (OSAS) leadership team and oversaw the day-to-day operation of the student-athlete development program. Additionally, he served as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Small collaborated 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 included coordinating student-athlete drug testing, education and counseling. He was the department’s liaison for student-athlete exit interviews and assisting with conduct sanction tracking for student-athletes.
Prior to joining the Razorbacks, Small worked as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Enrichment at the University of New Orleans. Preceding his time at the University of New Orleans, Small worked at the University of Pittsburgh. He initially joined Pitt’s fulltime athletic department staff as an assistant director of life skills. In 2010, he joined Pitt’s academic support services for student-athletes (ASSSA) staff as an academic counselor and was responsible for working with the football program’s sophomore class and the women’s track team. Throughout Small’s career, he has been a member of the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A). He also is a graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute and the Sport Management Institute (SMI).
A native of Detroit, Small attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning three degrees– a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW), Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D). 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 and four NCAA tournament appearances. Small and his wife Celeste have a son named Charles Dominic Small.