Assistant Professor or Lecturer of Entrepreneurship/Innovation

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Valparaiso University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship/Innovation in the College of Business (CoB) (  Valparaiso University (“Valpo”), a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve both church and society.  Located one hour southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students.  Valpo is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest and is located in Valparaiso Indiana, a county seat of 30,000 residents with high quality schools and an active social community.

The successful candidate will be able to teach a range of entrepreneurial and innovation courses to both undergraduate and graduate students including: introductory and advance entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, business planning and venture finance, and the capstone course on product development – all part of the Entrepreneurship Minor degree.

The position is a tenure-track opportunity, but non-PhD candidates will be considered as well as a Lecturer. Depending on the nature of the appointment teaching load typically includes a 3/3 (tenure track) or 4/4 (executive lecture track) plus additional research and campus citizenship activities. Moreover, the candidate will play a key role in the strategic and operational advancements of Valpo’s Innovation Hub ( The candidate will work in collaboration with the College of Engineering (CoE) to develop and promote an active program that involves students, faculty, and community to engage in workshops, external consulting projects, and mini-credentials. A wide regional and national industry network is highly desirable with experience working with supporting startup firm formation and working with small to large enterprises.   

Candidates should have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in relevant fields. A non-Ph.D. candidate with extensive industry experience should hold a master’s degree with a relevant track record.

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented communities.  Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three references to Interfolio at  In your cover letter, please include brief statements of (a) how you might contribute to the university’s distinctive mission, and (b) what experiences you have had which will enable you to mentor a diverse student body. Candidates who submit names of references should expect that the search committee will contact these references, in confidence, and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire. Employment will require a satisfactory criminal background check.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by November 30, 2020 for timely consideration.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support its diverse community.  Its entire EOE policy can be found at




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Posted: 10/9/2020
Application Due: 12/8/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Competitive