SFA Completes Academic Services Staff
July 22, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin has added Rob McDermand and AJ Majors to is Academic Services staff Director of Athletics Robert Hill announced Friday morning. McDermand will serve as the Director of Athletic Academic Services, while Majors is the Athletic Academic Services Assistant.
Rob McDermand comes to SFA from Beaumont, Texas, where he spent the past two seasons serving as an academic specialist at Lamar University.
Prior to Lamar, McDermand spent two years as the Assistant Academic Resources Coordinator in the Student Athlete Support Services Office at Ohio State. In his role he coordinated tutoring and study services for student athletes while leading new academic project initiatives and organizational program evaluations. Additionally, Rob worked closely as a tutor with men's and women's basketball and women's softball, and was responsible for tracking and reporting the progress of more than 100 athletes on the football team.
Prior to taking on his role at OSU, Rob spent six years as the academic advisor and operations manager in the department of athletics at the university of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. Responsible for all aspects of student academic success, McDermand helped to graduate all of the students he worked with, and sent numerous student athletes into graduate schools and teacher's colleges throughout Canada, and was an integral part of the Warriors' national championship appearance in 2005.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Rob also spent two years with his country's national team working as the operations manager for Basketball Canada, helping the team prepare for the World Championship and Olympic qualifying tournaments, and twice as the operations manager for the annual Adidas Canadian High School All-Star game.
Majors transitions to the athletics department after spending the previous year serving as an academic advisor for the SFA College of Business. There she advised suspension and undecided students while overseeing their academic progress and directly handled day-to-day operations with the associate dean of the college and coordinated the work of a pair of graduate assistants.
Prior to her time with the college of business, Majors spent two years as an admissions counselor at her alma mater, Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kansas. At PSU she was responsible for traveling to high schools throughout Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri to make informational presentations regarding the university. While in the office she advised undecided and current students in helping them choose a desired major, and assisted in organizing on-campus events such as senior day and freshman orientation.