Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership ● Entrepreneurial Faculty Initiative
Unique Pathways for the Academic Endeavor: An Interactive, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Cultivating Academic Entrepreneurship
POSTPONED TILL FALL 2012
Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by March 30th.
This unique interactive forum for University of Illinois faculty focuses on the process and benefits of being entrepreneurial in the academic profession. In an era of dwindling resources and associated challenges, this workshop will focus on how the platform of a great public university can be used to seek entrepreneurial pathways in one's career. Through interactive sessions with break-out small group discussions and presentations, the workshop will aim to foster a mindset of converting challenges into opportunities and revitalizing and fueling our academic passions through practical means. As structured, the workshop will provide a forum for meeting and connecting with academic peers from across campus. Some themes we anticipate to play a central role include pursuing big ideas, deepening engagement with different audiences, and exercising our power to choose roads to travel.
The workshop is framed for individual faculty rather than toward larger units such as centers, and the number of participants will be limited. The format will involve brief presentations of examples as a way to stimulate discussion in small groups. The facilitators are faculty from across the campus, including the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, and Library and Information Science. Deliverables from the workshop will include a personal vision and a practical plan to fulfill this vision. Faculty participants will receive a $250 honorarium. Priority will be given to applications received by March 30th, 2012.
9:00-9:15am – Welcome and Burning Questions
o Building Community
o The University Administration and the Deans’ Perspective
Being Entrepreneurial through the Academic Endeavor: Synergies between Research, Teaching and Social Initiatives
What is missing? Why be more entrepreneurial? What gives us joy?
12n–1:00pm – Working Lunch
Developing Your Personal Vision for Academic Entrepreneurship
o Group and Individual exercises
Identifying Opportunities and Challenges in Your Academic Endeavors
o Individual and Group Exercises
Enabling Academic Entrepreneurship – How Can You Work with the University Community?
o Group Exercises
4:00pm – Panel
Being Entrepreneurial in Identifying Resources and Capturing Expected (and Unexpected) Rewards
5:00pm – Reception