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Campbell Rutledge Jr. and Eleanor Rutledge Chair in Management (Entrepreneurship)

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Management & Organizations

The Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Entrepreneurship at the associate or full professor level to initiate the endowed Campbell Rutledge Jr. and Eleanor Rutledge Chair in Management beginning in Fall 2020. The successful candidate will join the College’s Management and Organizations Department and will be responsible for developing an academic entrepreneurship initiative at the University.

Both the Freeman College’s strategic plan and the University’s strategic plan provide impetus for our search for this position. The strategic plan for the Freeman College of Management, adopted in May 2018, states that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will provide a focus for teaching and scholarship in the College. Because addressing the SDGs requires new organizational approaches incorporating creative thinking and innovation, we are looking for a senior teacher-scholar in the entrepreneurship area to assist us in these efforts. The Plan for Bucknell 2025, finalized in May 2019, includes a prioritization of collaborative approaches to developing interdisciplinary curricula and extracurricular activities that incorporate all three Colleges and that build upon disciplinary strengths. In the Freeman College, we see mission-driven entrepreneurship as an exciting opportunity to engage in these ways with our colleagues in the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering.

The holder of the new Rutledge Chair will join a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that permeates every aspect of Bucknell:
• Majors and minors with significant focus on creativity, such as Art and Art History, Arts Entrepreneurship; Biomedical Engineering; Creative Writing; Markets, Innovation, and Design; and Theater, among others.
• Three Makerspaces on campus, open to all members of the Bucknell community.
• An annual BizPitch Competition run by the Small Business Development Center on campus.
• Affinity houses for Sustainability & Innovation and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
• Residential Colleges for Arts, Discovery, and Science & Technology.
• Pre-Orientation Programs in Arts First and Design Thinking Leadership.
Further, we benefit greatly from numerous loyal alumni, who have founded organizations of all types and sizes, and some of whom rank among the top entrepreneurs in the nation. Throughout the year, we are fortunate to have many of them engage with our students and faculty both inside and outside the classroom.

The successful candidate for the Rutledge Chair will have an outstanding record of teaching entrepreneurship, broadly defined (e.g., principles of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation) at the undergraduate or graduate level. Responsibilities comprise teaching other related topics as well, which could include an array of conventional management courses (such as strategic management) or interdisciplinary courses. All courses should incorporate entrepreneurial thinking so that students taking them will have the opportunity to develop competence in innovative and creative thought directed toward organizational challenges. The nominal teaching load at Bucknell University is five courses per academic year.

Our new Rutledge Chair colleague will have an existing, meaningful program of scholarship and a plan for continuing that program into the future. Further, they will be interested in integrating opportunities for student learning into their own research program. The Freeman College supports both traditional scholarship and creative scholarship that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

At the Freeman College, we strive to recruit faculty members, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds who bring myriad viewpoints to our community, thereby facilitating the cultivation of curiosity, open-mindedness, humility, enlightened perspectives, and other valuable traits critical for learning and growth. We seek candidates who ensure respect for a wide variety of positions, raise perspectives that may not otherwise be vocalized in the classroom, and are eager to mentor students from underrepresented student groups.

During over one hundred years of management education at Bucknell, we have continued to offer cutting-edge professional education in the context of one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities. Our innovative curriculum and world-class teacher-scholars earned the Freeman College a top 30 ranking in the 2020 Poets & Quants’ annual survey of undergraduate business programs. We believe that an undergraduate education that combines technical skills and deep intellectual exploration is the best preparation for thoughtful and capable leaders. New faculty members must be capable of contributing to this mission through progressive teaching, advising, and scholarship. Further, faculty must take seriously their responsibilities to contribute to the further development of the University and their fields of study through service to the department, University and the scholarly community.

The approximately 600 undergraduate students in the AACSB-accredited Freeman College of Management may choose among seven highly interdisciplinary majors that combine courses in the various fields of management with offerings in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, and engineering. For additional information pertaining to our curriculum, go to: https://www.bucknell.edu/academics/freeman-college-management/majors-departments.

QUALIFICATIONS

● Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or DBA in a field appropriate for teaching entrepreneurship and related subjects in the Freeman College of Management.
● Candidates must have compiled a record of teaching excellence primarily at the undergraduate level.
● Candidates must demonstrate superior scholarly competency and productivity commensurate with a senior-level appointment.

APPLICATION

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information and to apply, please visit Bucknell's career site (careers.bucknell.edu). Applications will only be accepted online.

Complete files must include
● A letter of application,
● A current curriculum vita,
● Evidence of teaching effectiveness,
● A statement of teaching philosophy,
● A statement describing past experience, training, or engagement with issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity, including efforts to work with and support students in an inclusive manner and incorporating topics related to diversity into your courses, and
● A statement of scholarly achievements and goals.

When the Search Committee determines that a candidate should be considered for an on-campus visit, the Search Committee Chair will contact that candidate to request samples of scholarship and three letters of reference. Please do not submit scholarship samples and letters of reference until requested by the Search Committee Chair.

Questions about the position should be addressed to Search Committee Chair Jamie Hendry at jhendry@bucknell.edu.

About Bucknell

Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, primarily undergraduate, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, management, education, and music.

Bucknell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged.

Bucknell is committed to creating a climate that fosters inclusion, growth, and development for a diverse student body, and seeks candidates who are also committed these goals.

Bucknell is committed to supporting the teacher-scholar model of faculty development. With a student-faculty ratio of about 9:1, small class sizes are a hallmark of the Bucknell educational experience. The university sponsors a range of activities to support the development of its faculty, including a Teaching-Learning Center and generous research support and leave policies.

Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Lewisburg area offers a combination of outdoor recreation opportunities and small-town amenities. In addition to the cultural and athletic events offered at the University and in town, the region offers strong schools and medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. Bucknell is about three hours from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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