The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership is the sponsor of a highly competitive Fellows program—the Faculty Fellows in Entrepreneurship. The Faculty Fellows program is designed to stimulate and support the development and teaching of entrepreneurship courses in disciplines across the curriculum. The Faculty Fellows Program seeks to increase the number and scope of courses and experiences in entrepreneurship and to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in all students without regard to academic major. Proposals for new courses, revisions of current courses, and specialized modules are welcome.
The Fellows Program is focused on building a cross-campus community of entrepreneurial faculty. Since its inception in fall 2004, the Faculty Fellows curriculum initiative has supported more than 50 faculty, and served as a catalyst to strengthen entrepreneurship education more broadly. In five years, the number of courses with entrepreneurship content, the level of enrollment, and the number of faculty teaching entrepreneurship have all more than doubled. Entrepreneurship courses are now available in 13 of the 15 degree-granting colleges at Illinois, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and students in all 15 colleges have enrolled in such courses.
The most recent faculty fellows served 2011-2012:
- Eric Benson, Art + Design, University of Illinois
- Don Bergfield, Agri-Industries, Parkland College
- Rhiannon Clifton, Advertising, University of Illinois
- Lawrence Firkins, Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois
- Steve Kostell, Art + Design, University of Illinois
- Raymond Price, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois
- Herbert Whiteley, Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois