University of Alabama at Birmingham — Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Opportunity

The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks a strategic, innovative leader with a notable record of research, teaching and service to serve as its inaugural Goodrich Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The appointee will grow existing academic programs, take a leadership role in the creation of curricular opportunities across disciplines, and pursue the development of a new major in Entrepreneurship. The Chair will be an enthusiastic, motivational, charismatic leader who will work closely with the UAB Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Birmingham entrepreneurial community to marshal colleagues, students, alumni, and entrepreneurs from on and off-campus to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the context of a major academic medical center. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability and ongoing desire to actively engage across academic and community boundaries and explore new partnerships and programs in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Goodrich Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be an enthusiastic, charismatic leader with an entrepreneurial and creative spirit who will use their strategic, operational, and visionary skills to lead the School, University and Health System towards a transformational multi-disciplinary experience for students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and the Birmingham community.

UAB’s vision for this Endowed Chair is to enhance and grow the research portfolio in entrepreneurship, to capitalize on the potential research opportunities in the regional innovation ecosystem and accelerate the growth of UAB’s academic programs to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs that can feed into the burgeoning startup community in Birmingham. The Endowed Chair will be influential in shaping the direction of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at UAB and will play a multidisciplinary leadership role across the university.

Key opportunities and responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic growth and development for all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship education at the School, including the positive representation of the School within the Harbert IIE and across the UAB enterprise;
  • Participate in university-wide efforts to expose students to innovative thinking and infuse the entrepreneurial mindset across the academic enterprise
  • Lead and assist in securing extramural and philanthropic resources necessary for the growth and improvement of innovation and entrepreneurship programs
  • Build and engage a strong network of community alliances and draw upon this network to shape the future of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking at the School, the University and the Birmingham Community

The appointee will be a member of one of the academic departments at the Collat School of Business, and will become the Collat faculty representative in the Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

About The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) traces its roots to the 1859 founding of the Medical College of Alabama and the 1936 opening of the Birmingham Extension Center of The University of Alabama. In 1966, these entities were merged, and in 1969 UAB became an independent institution, one of the autonomous universities within the newly created three-campus University of Alabama System. As the University prepares to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary next year, UAB has transformed from its modest beginnings into a doctoral research university and academic medical center with nearly 21,000 students, $538 million in research expenditures, and treatment of more than 1,000,000 patients every year in one of the largest academic medical centers in the U.S. Throughout that time, the vision has remained constant: to educate, advance discovery, care for the sick, respond to the needs of the community and establish Alabama as a progressive economic center that can change the world. Currently UAB is embarking on the development of a new strategic plan, UAB21, designed to prepare students and community for the challenges of a new world economy: global literacy, biotechnology and biomedical science, energy, transportation, materials engineering, information technology, computing security and entrepreneurship.

UAB offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in eleven schools including the Collat School of Business, Arts & Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Nursing, Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine and Optometry.

For more information about UAB visit the website at www.uab.edu

The Collat School of Business

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and separately accredited in Accounting, the mission of the Collat School of Business is to create and disseminate business knowledge that transforms the lives of students and stakeholders by leveraging locational advantages for local, national and global benefit. Named one of the nation’s best business schools by The Princeton Review and “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” by U.S. News & World Report, the School enrolls over 2,600 undergraduates in programs in accounting (endorsed by the Institute of Management Accountants), finance, management, human resources, information systems, marketing, economics and the highly unique UAB Charles and Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution Program. The School’s mission is accomplished through three academic departments: Accounting and Finance (ACFN); Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (MISQ); and Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics (MIDE).

The Collat School of Business strives to be a business school known for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. The unique location in the metropolitan, bustling heart of Alabama’s economic center allows the faculty to integrate the practical experiences of the State’s leading companies – from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial startups – into every program they offer. The School was the first in Alabama to require an experiential requirement of undergraduate students, affording another opportunity for the School’s faculty and students to engage with the local business community and ensuring that students will graduate with the marketable, hands-on experience necessary to successfully embark on a career post-graduation. The three-time international award-winning UAB Green and Gold Fund, featured on CNBC Squawk Box and in Bloomberg Businessweek, is a student investment fund that generates significant scholarship funding and has over $550K in assets.

For more information on The Collat School of Business, visit http://www.uab.edu/business/home/

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate must have an earned Doctorate in entrepreneurship or a business-related discipline with a distinguished academic leadership record appropriate for appointment at the rank of Senior Associate or Full Professor at UAB’s Collat School of Business. In addition, the Chair should have a demonstrated track record of success in leading and/or developing entrepreneurship-related programs, a record of engagement in the startup community, and a vision for future academic program development. The successful candidate will have the capacity and enthusiasm to grow the existing academic programs, take a leadership role in the creation of curricular opportunities for all majors, and pursue the development of a new major in Entrepreneurship.

The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader who embraces UAB’s mission and culture and who has a demonstrated ability and ongoing desire to actively engage across academic and community boundaries and explore new partnerships and programs. An active record of high impact research and teaching in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is essential. The Chair will be an individual who embodies trust, confidence and respect and leads others by influence and example.

Contact

The Collat School of Business at The University of Alabama at Birmingham has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to assist with this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Liz Neumann, Beth Schaefer and Amy Sugin here.

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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