Job: Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Tenured or tenure-track position at the level of Associate Professor or Professor

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Beswick Professor of Entrepreneurship
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

The Department of Management, the business school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty opening in Entrepreneurship at the level of associate professor or professor. The selected applicant will also be named the Beswick Professor of Entrepreneurship and will have a leadership role in our center, the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI). The position will commence on or about August 15, 2008.

The Beswick Professorship: Paul Beswick (’57) and his wife, S.K., announced a generous gift in November 2006 to establish the Beswick Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management. Additionally, they are committed to continuing support of the CEI.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD in entrepreneurship, business, or a closely related area; teaching experience in entrepreneurship; and a research record that includes refereed publications in top journals. Experience as an entrepreneur, or as a top manager or officer in an entrepreneurial firm, is a plus. Applicants with doctorates in other areas may be considered if all other criteria are met.

Expectations: Our expectations are high and our support is exceptional. The selected faculty member will teach four courses and advise student projects during the academic year. Related research, especially that leading to publication in high quality refereed journals, is expected, supported, and encouraged. Service to WPI and the profession is valued.

The Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Our entrepreneurship center, the CEI, has been ranked among the top 10 programs among colleges and universities without a major or degree in entrepreneurship (although we offered the first minor in the US in technology entrepreneurship and hope to have approval this year for a new initiative in Arts Entrepreneurship, and planned BS and MS degrees in entrepreneurship related to technology commercialization and innovation). We serve about 1200 students and about 2400 entrepreneurs annually through our many programs and events, including the very active WPI Venture Forum. In addition to its monthly meetings, the WPI Venture Forum hosts a weekly radio show that is #1 in its time slot. Additionally, we are active participants in a new angel group (Boynton Angels) and are proximate to the second largest pool of VC capital in the country (Boston/Cambridge). Please see for more information.

The Department: The Department is small, but we are building a strong national reputation in technology-related business disciplines and fields. The Industrial Engineering program, accredited by ABET, was recently ranked 4th in North America by Academic Analytics. The MBA program, accredited by AACSB, has earned several top-10 rankings. We offer faculty members an innovative and collegial educational environment, outstanding students, and outstanding support for research and teaching. Among the entrepreneurship and innovation faculty members are McRae Banks, previously chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and chair-elect of the Entrepreneurship Division of the American Society for Engineering Education; Chick Kasouf, previously a chair of the Entrepreneurial Marketing Interest Group (EMIG) of the American Marketing Association; Erwin Danneels, one of the bright stars in innovation research in the US; and Jerome Schaufeld, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, founder of three angel groups, and co-founder of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Please see for more information.

The University: WPI is a selective private university with an innovative curriculum centered on engineering, science, technology, and business. Ranked highly by US News & World Report among national comprehensive universities, WPI enrolls 2800 undergraduates and 1000 graduate students and enjoys close working relationships with many corporations, due in part to its project-enriched curriculum that engages students and faculty in real-world problem solving, often at corporations or one of our 17 project centers, most of them outside the U.S.

Location: Worcester, the second largest city in New England, is approximately one hour from Boston and its many cultural amenities, as well as the seashore and is only 30 minutes from alpine skiing. A significant attraction is the large number of technology companies and colleges and universities (13) in the immediate area, which is ideal for dual career families.

For Consideration: Interested parties should submit a letter of application and current C.V., and provide the names and contact information of five references. Other supporting materials, such as teaching evaluations, published articles, center annual reports, and so forth, are welcomed and will be helpful to the committee. Send all materials to: Beswick Professor Search, Department of Management, WPI, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280 (e-mail: Application screening will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.