Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows

Celebrating Scholars Who Think and Act in Entrepreneurial Ways

The UF Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows was created to foster and celebrate inter-disciplinary collaboration around creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. We are focused on the role of entrepreneurial thinking and acting within any discipline or academic area on the University of Florida campus. We approach entrepreneurship as:

  • the recognition and exploitation of opportunity, where opportunity is pursued without regard to resources controlled;
  • a process of creating value through unique resource combinations;
  • a means of empowerment and transformation through creative and innovative behaviors;

As these perspectives suggest, it is a behavior that is not defined or limited by context. Beyond its conventional conception in a start-up context, it can include social entrepreneurship, public sector entrepreneurship, academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship within a family or church, or notions such as the entrepreneurial artist or entrepreneurial engineer, among many other applications.

Our focus is the “entrepreneurial mindset”, and how the talents, ingenuity and passion of faculty members can be used to affect innovative change. We see faculty innovations as a vehicle for transforming campuses, communities, disciplines and societies. The Fellows Program is a home for the “academic entrepreneur.”

Who is Eligible?

The Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows program is open to all full-time UF faculty members, including those from all disciplines and academic areas on the campus. We seek academic entrepreneurs or faculty interested in integrating an entrepreneurial mindset and related concepts, tools, and frameworks into their home discipline; particularly into their research, teaching, or outreach activities

Apply to be a Fellow

Applications to become an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow are accepted on a rolling basis, with up to five new fellows being accepted each year. To qualify, a faculty member needs to propose an initiative that reflects the interface between their own academic area and entrepreneurship. Proposals can center on any professional activity that the individual wants to pursue over the next few years. Project proposals can focus upon:

  • creation of a course or modules within a course that examine entrepreneurial precepts within the faculty member's home discipline;
  • pursuit of scholarly research that connects aspects of entrepreneurship to one's home discipline or explores aspects of entrepreneurship through the lens of that discipline;
  • commercialization of some technology or intellectual property developed by a faculty member;
  • undertaking a community engagement project that centers on innovation and the fostering of entrepreneurial solutions to societal needs.

If accepted to the program, the Fellow is jointly appointed to her/his home department and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Warrington College of Business Administration. Small pools of financial support are available to assist with the project they undertake. In addition to this project, fellows get together for informal monthly lunches to discuss what each is doing and explore interdisciplinary questions related to entrepreneurial behavior, and the nature of an entrepreneurial university. An annual forum, open to the entire university community, is held to feature the activities of the Fellows. Fellows are typically appointed for up to three years, although the appointment is renewable.

Sample Interdisciplinary Issues
  • Green entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Tech entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural entrepreneurship
  • Public sector entrepreneurship
  • Media entrepreneurship
  • Anthropology of entrepreneurship
  • Institutional entrepreneurship
  • The entrepreneurial artist
  • Historical entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial communities
  • Gender and minority entrepreneurship
  • Sports entrepreneurship
  • Psychology of entrepreneurship
  • The entrepreneurial educator
  • Entrepreneurship at the base of the pyramid
  • Entrepreneurship and the built environment
  • Health entrepreneurship

For more information, contact Dr. Michael H. Morris, George W. and Lisa O. Etheridge Professor of Entrepreneurship

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