Goal: Process the idea of an entrepreneurial faculty member

  • Why would “entrepreneurial” faculty make some persons uncomfortable? Out of comfort zone; must be open to change; the faculty system is not set up to reward or encourage risk, especially for non-tenured faculty.
  • Important to puzzle out the balance among a faculty member’s roles as administrator, teacher (load), researcher, and developer.
  • Model different forms of teaching.
  • Many faculty are already doing this and serving as models for students; they are entrepreneurs within their discipline; the Faculty Review Committee is open to faculty taking risks, and the new intellectual property policy is evidence that MC supports entrepreneurial faculty.
  • Organizational skills—organize resources and people in a different way.
  • Interdisciplinary work is key; common language and connecting with venture creation are important.
  • How will administration support E faculty? Money; time; professional development; teachers need energy to teach; faculty feel responsible for their areas, and it is hard to find time.
  • Institute for faculty who want to be better—shared experiences; learn from each other and from other peer schools.
  • Foster faculty/student partnerships and deep connections; more co-research; allow students to participate in course design; the challenge is to draw the entrepreneurial mindset out of the student.