Title: Assistant Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Position Type: Tenurable
Term: January 1, 2017
Department: Bissett School of Business
Closing Date: September, 18 2016
The Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation at the Bissett School of Business invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will commence January 1, 2017 subject to final budgetary approval.
The Bissett School of Business is a primary destination for undergraduate students seeking high quality business education. The school employs 100+ faculty, 45 of whom are full-time. The faculty is comprised of a highly motivated group of scholars, who are passionate about teaching while engaged in innovative scholarship. In order to support its objectives, the Bissett School of Business benefits from the associated Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Community Prosperity – making the school unique among Canadian undergraduate business schools.
The Bissett School of Business offers a four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. Students can pursue majors in accounting, general management (with concentrations in financial analysis, financial services, international business, and supply chain management), human resources, or marketing. The Bissett School of Business also offers many minors available to students in any faculty, including business, marketing, innovation & entrepreneurship, and social innovation, as well as a diploma in aviation. Approximately 2,000 students are enrolled in the school’s programs.
The Entrepreneurship faculty currently delivers one of the most extensive interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship undergraduate programs in Canada, serving over 1,400 MRU students per year. Students from any faculty can graduate with a 6-course Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This successful minor focuses on fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and is known for its highly experiential curriculum and community engagement. We graduate curious and entrepreneurial minds who bring creativity, innovation, and business literacy to the organizations that they join or start.
The Entrepreneurship faculty collaborates with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in supporting students through extra-curricular opportunities, offering financial and seed funding ($90,000 awarded to student ventures in 2015/2016), plus mentoring and networking with business leaders. Our students have distinguished themselves regionally and nationally:
2015 Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Canadian Student Entrepreneur of the Year
2nd place in the 2016 Enactus Canada Student Entrepreneur of the Year
Western Canada Regional Enactus Awards for Entrepreneurship and Environmental initiatives
In addition to our successful minor, a BBA Concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is under development. The vision of this new Concentration is to graduate curious and entrepreneurial minds who are innovative drivers of Business Development in dynamic, growth-oriented companies that they join or start. This experiential program will go beyond teaching mindset and business models, to executing product and business development strategies for the commercialization of innovative ideas.
Since opening in 1910, Mount Royal has embraced change in order to meet the needs of the people and community it serves. At Mount Royal students experience high quality education enhanced by smaller class sizes, personalized learning and a single-minded dedication to premier undergraduate learning. Mount Royal is known for its collegial working environment.
Recognizing that Mount Royal University is situated on traditional Blackfoot territory, MRU is committed to meeting the educational needs of all Indigenous peoples and their allies. MRU is committed to recognizing and valuing Indigenous knowledge; mentoring and supporting Indigenous students and scholars; involving Indigenous groups in educational decision-making; encouraging consciousness-raising to overcome barriers to Indigeneity; promoting the use of culturally-responsive pedagogies and practices; and promoting partnerships with Indigenous learners, families and communities.
MRU is located in Calgary Alberta, a city that is less than a one hour drive to the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Calgary brings a mix of dynamic big-city energy, cheerful western hospitality, and wondrous natural beauty. The city was recently ranked by The Economist as one of the top five liveable cities in the world.
New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/scholarship/service (TSS) pattern has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/service (TS) pattern has a focus on teaching and service only. There is an option to change work patterns after tenure. Faculty in the TSS pattern are expected to establish a high quality research program. For this position, we are seeking to hire a candidate suitable for the TSS pattern.
Building on our successful Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the individual will be a key academic collaborator with other faculty and the Institute in launching the new BBA Concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The successful candidate will design, develop and deliver leading edge curriculum with a focus on innovation strategy, business development and product management, all of which are critical for the commercialization of innovative ideas.
The ideal candidate will have an active research agenda, be engaged in the international academic community as well as the local entrepreneurial community, to ensure that our program remains scholarly-informed, sensitive to the local context, and at the forefront of undergraduate entrepreneurship education.
A PhD/Doctorate or a close to completion doctoral candidate is preferred; a Masters would be required. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in teaching, with a minimum of two (2) years of experience in a post-secondary institution. Evidence of first hand entrepreneurial business experience in a growth oriented company, and innovative curricular design are an asset. The ideal candidate will understand product management, business development and innovation strategy within start-ups and dynamic growth companies. An understanding of the role that technology plays in the development and growth of entrepreneurial ventures would be an asset. As a scholar, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a promising scholarship agenda.
A complete dossier including curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, sample of scholarship outcomes, and the names and contact information for three (3) references should be submitted, quoting competition #8992ES to:
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