Mike Farabaugh joined the University of Pittsburgh Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes unit in 1989. As Director, Farabaugh oversees the operation of the academic support program that assists the academic and personal development of the nearly 500 student-athletes. Farabaugh and the unit also serves as the liaison between the academic and athletic communities concerning the needs and interests of the student-athletes.
The unit functions under the office of the Provost and as such, Farabaugh provides direct support to that office on behalf of the Academic Support unit, working closely on matters that impact student-athlete development, support, and budgeting issues that impact the department.
His career in Academic Support began in 1989-90 as a graduate student, overseeing the Math program for the unit, providing direct tutorial support to our student-athletes. After a two year stint as a graduate assistant, Farabaugh moved into a permanent role in the department as a learning skills specialist for the unit. He oversaw the development of the Math and Science programming for the unit, hiring, training, and mentoring the tutors in those subject areas as well as providing direct tutorial support to the student-athletes.
In his current capacity as Director, Farabaugh also serves as an Academic Counselor for the men’s basketball team and also provides support to the football team, offering the necessary services and resources to the student-athletes and coaches. A 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Farabaugh went on to complete his Master’s degree in 1992. In addition to his duties at the University, Farabaugh has also served on the Learning Disabilities committee, Two Year-College committee, and Research committee with the National Association of Academic Advisors.
Beyond the Bio
Favorite place on campus?
Other than the Willis Academic Center? It would have to be the Commons Room and Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral. They are some of the most amazing & interesting rooms at any University in the world. Also, the Frick Fine Arts building is also a wonderful place on campus with the frescoes that are displayed in the courtyard.
Favorite sports moment at Pitt?
There are quite a few, but to narrow it down, In basketball, I’d say winning the Big East title in basketball over Georgetown in 2008. In football, beating West Virginia 41-38 (2 OT) and 13-9, beating Penn State and Clemson in 2016 in football are a few of the best moments.
Favorite aspect of working in Pitt’s Athletic Department:
Without a doubt, it’s working with our student-athletes. It’s why we all exist in this endeavor, to allow our students the possibility of achieving what they might not have thought possible. I’ve never lost the love of working with our students and seeing them embrace the academic side of University life. They are the reason we all come to work each day and continue to do what we do. We have one of the best jobs on campus, getting to work with these student-athletes and the reward of seeing them reach their goals and knowing that we had a part in it.
“It is today that we create the world of the future”- Eleanor Roosevelt
Hobbies outside of work:
Travel, photography, painting, gardening.
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