Pioneer Professors

MISSION STATEMENT

The Pioneer Professors program is intended to facilitate interaction between University of Denver academic leaders and the coaches and student-athletes of DU's varsity athletic teams.  By partnering selected faculty members with each team, student-athletes and coaches will be provided with valuable additional resources while professors will have the unique opportunity to experience the excitement of Division I athletics firsthand. 

ABOUT PIONEER PROFESSORS

Modeled off of Princeton University's highly successful "Faculty Fellows" program, the "Pioneer Professors" program is an academic-oriented initiative designed to further integrate the University of Denver's athletic and academic programs.

The "Pioneer Professors" endeavor will provide benefits to faculty, coaches, and student-athletes. DU professors will have unique opportunities to interact with and support DU's varsity athletic programs, and further enhance the student-athletes' academic achievements.

BENEFITS OF BEING A PIONEER PROFESSOR

  • Make a significant impact on the academic developments of student-athletes
  • Build strong friendships with student-athletes and coaches
  • Informal interaction with student-athletes and coaches
  • Invited to team functions, barbecues, and banquets
  • Allowed to be on the sideline during practices and games
  • Receive team apparel
  • Travel with the team to a road game

BENEFITS TO STUDENT-ATHLETES AND COACHES

  • Provides coaches with an additional resource to help advise student-athletes with on and off the field matters
  • Another monitor for academic progress
  • Another mentor for student-athletes
  • Affords coaches the ability to manage time better

WAYS PIONEER PROFESSORS INTERACT WITH TEAM

  • Attend practices and games
  • Host dinners and lunches
  • Meet with prospective student-athletes
  • Travel with the team