Sports Law Professor Joshua Gordon Appointed as Faculty Athletics Representative
Joshua Gordon, Woodard Family Foundation Fellow and senior instructor of sports business and law at the University of Oregon, has been named the school’s next faculty athletics representative (FAR). In this role, Gordon will work with the president and the faculty to ensure the academic integrity of the intercollegiate program, promote the well-being of student-athletes, and support institutional control of athletics through oversight of compliance and student eligibility.
Gordon joined the UO School of Law in 2010 with two decades of experience in conflict resolution, business, and legal strategy with a focus on sport and governance. He transitioned to the Lundquist College of Business in 2013 where he has been integral in the development and implementation of immersive student experiences and innovative teaching to undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA students. He has also developed and led sports business study abroad programs in the Netherlands, Germany, and United Kingdom. He has served in numerous administrative roles, including faculty advisor for the Oregon Consulting Group, director of minors and undergraduate sports business, and faculty advisor and program manager for the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, to name a few.
In 2013, he founded the Sports Conflict Institute (SCI), to ensure high-performance goals in sports can be consistently achieved with integrity. At SCI, he has worked with many NCAA member institutions to provide independent assessment of their programs and to develop a blueprint for fostering a culture that is attuned to both competitive goals and student-athlete academic experience and well-being. Gordon is also an international arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, chair of the USA Track and Field SafeSport Appeals Committee, and serves on the editorial board of LawInSport.
A former student-athlete, Gordon earned his bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Brandeis University before receiving a master’s in dispute resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston and his JD from Suffolk University.
Gordon will begin his appointment on September 15, 2021.