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Faculty Principal for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The University of South Carolina announces the search for the position of Faculty Principal of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation living-learning residential community of students.  This position is expected to be filled by a full-time tenure-track or professional-track faculty member at the UofSC Columbia campus with a starting date in May 2022. The position reports to both the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Associate Vice President of Student Housing and Sustainability and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. 

The Faculty Principal for the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community will lead an inter-disciplinary program focused on entrepreneurship and free enterprise with the active support of an assistant faculty principal, office manager, resident mentors, and associates from UofSC Columbia and the community. We welcome students in the community from all majors with a common interest in entrepreneurship. For this community, entrepreneurship is defined as leveraging innovation to create sustainable value. The community’s purpose is to enhance, both academically and experientially, the university experience of its residents. 

The Faculty Principal provides the leadership and vision for the living-learning community and is expected to: act as the community’s chief academic administrator; promote intellectual exchange, leadership development, and experiential learning; promote student engagement and success; promote exchange among faculty and students; and interact with the Executive Director of Housing, Office of the Provost and other university officials. In addition, the Faculty Principal of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Community will also serve as Senior Faculty Associate of the McNair Institute of Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the pleasure of the Faculty Director of the McNair Institute. In this capacity, the Faculty Principal will serve as the key liaison of the living-learning community and the Institute. 

The ideal candidate for the Faculty Principal will have demonstrated: 

  • an undergraduate teaching record of excellence and practical experience in entrepreneurship, from any academic discipline
  • a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship
  • a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education and mentoring 
  • an appreciation of students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests
  • administrative, organizational and supervisory skills 

The Faculty Principal for the Entrepreneurship Community is a half-time position with a three-year appointment subject to renewal with agreement of all parties. As compensation, the Faculty Principal will receive an appropriate salary supplement and release from certain teaching duties. Compensation will be negotiated with the Provost. 

Please send a letter of application (including vita, brief statement of interest, and the names of three references) to Dr. Kirsten Kennedy, Associate Vice President of Student Housing and Sustainability, Patterson Hall Suite 002. Electronic submissions can be directed to Debbie Grabski at grabski@mailbox.sc.edu   Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 7, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


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