Faculty Fellows brings the following advantages to Varsity teams at U.C. Berkeley:
- Institutional knowledge and history of the campus, its programs, courses, and majors relevant to any student-athlete's academic, intellectual and professional interests;
- A bridge to potential research and professional career opportunities;
- An ability to advocate for student athletes among faculty colleagues within academic departments on issues that may arise (athletic travel accommodations, proctoring, etc.);
- A willingness to work with the coaches on how to enhance the student athlete experience.
The Faculty Fellows program was started by Cal's Athletic Study Center (ASC) in 2004. Following the release of the 2014 Task Force on Academics & Athletics, the program was highlighted as a positive mechanism for supporting the academic and degree progress of Berkeley’s student athletes. In 2021, the Faculty Fellows Program came under the oversight of the campus Senate Faculty Athletics Council (FACL). Management of the program remained with the Athletic Study Center. Today, every Varsity team has at least one Faculty Fellow.