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Jack Vanier Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Vanier Chair in Technology Commercialization
Kansas State University

Jack Vanier Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
College of Business Administration
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

The purpose of the Jack Vanier Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to recruit and retain a recognized authority in the field of innovation-based entrepreneurship. The chair is endowed by private funds and is part of the State of Kansas Faculty of Distinction Program.

Starting Date: August 2008

Job Description: The holder of the Jack Vanier Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will serve as a regular member of the faculty in the College of Business Administration and will serve as a focal point for research and scholarly programs in the field of entrepreneurship. In addition to academic responsibilities, the incumbent will initiate and serve as the director of an institute focusing on innovation-based entrepreneurship. Academic duties include maintaining an active research agenda, teaching an average of two classes per semester, and serving on committees to enhance the operations of the college, university, and profession. An important component of the position is developing and maintaining programs in the field of entrepreneurship that will benefit students and practitioners interested in leading emerging technology-based organizations. This should involve developing and enhancing effective relationships with alumni, business persons, and colleagues through an advisory board designed to provide guidance about entrepreneurship research and programs through the proposed institute for innovation and entrepreneurship. The goal of the endowed chair in innovation and entrepreneurship will be to develop scholarly and practitioner programs that foster interdisciplinary collaboration using innovation-based entrepreneurship. The proposed institute will provide a coordinated program of in-class and experiential training that links faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and entrepreneurs together in a clinical program of teaching and research.

The University and College of Business Administration: Kansas State University is a statesupported institution of more than 23,000 students. The University is recognized for the quality of its academic programs and for consistently producing recipients of top national academic scholarships. The 668-acre main campus is located in beautiful Manhattan, Kansas (population approximately 50,000) a community nestled in the Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas. The College of Business Administration is one of 10 colleges on the main campus. The college, with 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students and 58 full-time faculty members, consists of four academic departments: Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing. In addition to five undergraduate majors (Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing), the Master of Business Administration degree program offers a specialization in technology entrepreneurship designed to train future leaders of technology-based ventures. The College is accredited by AACSB International at the bachelor and master level in business administration and accounting.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities: Kansas State University has created and continues to build a unique focus with regard to creating innovations in the biosciences, agriculture, chemistry, and engineering. Notable accomplishments include the recent completion of a $54 million Bio-security Research Institute, the Food Science Institute, the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, and the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization. There is a critical need at Kansas State University for a senior-level faculty member within the university who will be the regional leader in providing an integrated program of entrepreneurship teaching, research, and service focused on moving new technologies developed in Kansas and the central Midwest from innovation to commercialization. K-State as the land-grant university for the State of Kansas is at a critical time when scientists, engineers, business experts, students, faculty, and entrepreneurs are being brought together in teams for the development of clinical training programs, educational programs, and applied and basic research activities focusing on innovation-to-market entrepreneurship.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree and demonstrated success in a field related to innovation and entrepreneurship with a proven record of excellence in research and teaching consistent with a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. Demonstrated experience with emerging innovation-based businesses is highly desirable. In addition, the recipient of the Jack Vanier Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship should have strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to improving entrepreneurship education and practice in a diverse world, and evidence of experience with extramural funding processes.

In the letter of application, candidates should address their history of scholarly interests, importance of their scholarship to the field of entrepreneurship, special reasons for justifying selection to the chair, and a description of service impacting the business and academic communities in the area of entrepreneurship. Documented evidence of strong scholarly and administrative skills is particularly desirable.

The College of Business Administration is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employment Policy: Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks/pursues employee diversity.

Application: The search committee will begin to evaluate candidates on October 15th.

Evaluations will continue until the position is filled. Please submit letter of application, vita, list of references, and other evidence of qualifications by mail to:

Dr. Jeff Katz, Co-Chair of the Search Committee
Jack Vanier Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
College of Business Administration, 107 Calvin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-0506
Phone: 785-532-7190