The Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship is closely affiliated with faculty members and lecturers from across campus and the business community. They have been involved in the work of the Center since its inception. They bring expertise and real-world experience into the classroom, and they enthusiastically share their knowledge with students and colleagues alike.
The following opportunities are available to faculty members:
THE BEARMAN FOUNDATION CHAIR IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship was established by The Herbert Bearman Foundation to acknowledge and honor the contributions of Dr. Arlene Bearman to the UMBC community. This chair recognizes and supports outstanding teaching skills, an interest in entrepreneurship, and a strong record of scholarship in entrepreneurial studies or a field related to entrepreneurship. The Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship for 2013-2016 is Dr. Craig Saper, Professor & Chair of Language, Literacy & Culture (LLC).
Faculty Fellows are highly respected thought and practice leaders on campus. They serve as active champions, charged with leading the institution in its entrepreneurship initiatives. They are the keepers of ideas, the motivators, and the mentors of the campus community. UMBC currently has three (3) Faculty Fellows, one from each of its colleges: Dr. Amy Froide, Associate Professor, Department of History, Dr. George Karabatis, Associate Professor, Department of IS, and Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal, Professor and Chair, Department of Math and Statistics. Each Fellow serves a two (2) year term and they work closely with the Center to institutionalize entrepreneurship within their academic disciplines and throughout their colleges.
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTES
Faculty Development Institutes are designed to broaden faculty exposure to concepts of entrepreneurship, and to identify ways for faculty to expand professional skills, better manage research and careers, and infuse existing courses with these concepts so students can benefit. One (1) Faculty Development Institute is held each year, and it is developed/coordinated by the Faculty Fellow representing that College. Participants attending the Institutes are encouraged to develop proposals for new/infused courses in entrepreneurship.
DEPARTMENT AND FACULTY INNOVATION GRANTS
Innovation Grants provide support for UMBC departments and faculty who introduce entrepreneurial thinking and skills into the curriculum. Proposals that encourage collaboration between two or more departments are highly encouraged.
FACULTY IDEA LAB
The UMBC Faculty Idea Lab and Business Park Incubator provides support for faculty who have a research product, disclosure, patent or potential technology business concept they want to turn into a business.