David and Leslie Lawson Chair of Entrepreneurial Studies
The University of Tulsa - Collins College of Business
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tenure Track or Tenured
The Collins College of Business at the University of Tulsa seeks an experienced and qualified candidate for the David and Leslie Lawson Chair of Entrepreneurial Studies. The Lawson Chair holder will contribute to the missions of the College and University by conducting and publishing research in entrepreneurship, innovation, and change in leading journals; developing appropriate curricula and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship; collaborating with faculty across the TU campus on innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching projects; and building and strengthening relationships with the Tulsa and regional entrepreneurship ecosystem. The expected start date is August 2024. Salary and rank will be competitive with AACSB-accredited institutions and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will hold the rank of associate professor or full professor. The Lawson Chair will be a nine-month faculty appointment.
Entrepreneurship and innovation have been identified as areas of strategic importance for Collins College and the University of Tulsa. Collins College offers an undergraduate innovation, change, and entrepreneurship minor open to all majors on campus and a management major with a specialization in innovation, change, and entrepreneurship. Graduate courses are offered for students within the college and across the TU campus. In 2022, the College launched the Creativity Club and @joltscholars, a program which is open to all University students interested in innovation. In 2023, the College launched The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Hurricane Venture Fund, an early-stage seed capital fund to invest in faculty, student and alumni lead projects. The College is a member of 36 Degrees North, (www.36n.co) Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs. The successful applicant will play a key role in the evolution of entrepreneurship and innovation education in the College and University.
Fringe benefits include life, health, disability insurance, and retirement. The University of Tulsa also offers free tuition for faculty dependents. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The successful applicant will teach entrepreneurship-related courses in the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs, maintain active and productive research in entrepreneurship, innovation, and change, and engage in appropriate professional and service activities. The ability to teach a course or courses in management is desirable. Other activities include engaging with students and faculty to solve problems encountered by entrepreneurs in startups and other organizations, along with contributing to the general activities and operations of the College and University.
Qualifications for the Lawson Chair include a doctoral degree in a business-related discipline; strong scholarly credentials, including a sustained strong record of innovation, change, and entrepreneurship-related publications in high-quality journals; a record of quality entrepreneurship teaching and visionary program development; a demonstrated willingness to work collaboratively on research and teaching endeavors; and evidence of an ability to develop meaningful relationships in entrepreneurship, innovation, and change ecosystems.
The preferred candidate will have a portfolio of high-quality, innovative research, including externally funded research; notable achievements and/or recognition of scholarly awards by peers in the discipline; a demonstrated record of high-quality academic and professional teaching; a demonstrated record of collaborative ventures in the university environment and with external stakeholders; and a record of mentorship of faculty.
The College, University, and Local Community:
The Collins College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, which maintains the highest standards for business schools in the world, and has been named one of the top undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek and Princeton Review. Home to approximately 500 undergraduate business students and 200 graduate business students, the College has four academic units and approximately 35 full-time business faculty positions. Degree offerings include Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (MAcc), online Master of Energy Business (MEB), and the BS in Business Administration (BSBA). The Collins College of Business has partnerships and working relationships with higher education institutions in Ireland and Germany. It enjoys excellent relationships with businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the Tulsa metropolitan area and nationally.
The University of Tulsa is the oldest private educational institution in Oklahoma, with an endowment exceeding $1.5 billion. Total enrollment is approximately 4,000 students, distributed among five colleges: Collins College of Business, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, Oxley College of Health and Natural Sciences, and the College of Law. In 2022, fifty-four percent of TU’s freshman class graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and graduating students held a 97% placement rate. Additional information about TU and the Collins College of Business may be found at https://business.utulsa.edu/.
Tulsa has a population of over one million across its combined metropolitan statistical area and a cost-of-living index of 82.4%, making it one of the most affordable and livable cities in the United States. Located in the rolling Osage Hills of northeastern Oklahoma, the city has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with numerous cultural opportunities, including two major art museums; professional resident opera, ballet, symphony, and theater companies; and exceptional medical, recreational, and business facilities. In addition, the city boasts a strong emphasis on quality of life. Time magazine named the Tulsa Gathering Place Park as one of the top 100 places to visit in the world in 2019. The University’s front door sits on historic Route 66. The Route will celebrate its Centennial in 2026. The University partners with Mother Road Market, the region’s only non-profit food hall that houses dozens of food entrepreneurs. Tulsa International Airport is serviced by most major airlines, including American, Delta, United, and Southwest Airlines.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Members of the search committee will be attending AOM 2023 (Boston, MA – Aug 4-8) to interview candidates. Initial interviews may also take place via Zoom or Teams. Applications should indicate whether applicants intend to attend the AOM meeting.
Candidates must submit an application package by the link below that contains:
A letter of interest that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and practice, a brief explanation of prior and proposed research objectives, and a description of how the candidate’s background aligns with, complements, or expands on the existing goals and objectives of the school,
copies of applicable teaching evaluations,
current resume or curriculum vitae,
names and contact information of three references
The application must be completed and materials uploaded at the following link: https://universitytulsa.peopleadmin.com/postings/7845
Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Larry Wofford, Search Chair
Lawson Chair Faculty Search Committee
The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristics, including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status. The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer for Disabled/ Veteran.
About The University of Tulsa - Collins College of Business
At Collins College, our mission is to cultivate the next generation of business leaders. Our faculty offer a personalized, transformative curriculum that prepares students to become forward-thinking, problem solvers in this rapidly changing world. We want students to embrace the challenges of academic rigor through "real world" experiences that utilize both local and global connections to our diverse network of companies and leaders. Our students are the future of business; find out how to join The Collins College Of Business in opening the doors to their future.