E.V. Williams Endowed Chair in Strategy & Entrepreneurship (F0826A)

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 28, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Management in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University invites applications with an exceptional record of research, teaching and service for the prestigious E.V. Williams Chair position starting July 25, 2021.


The E.V. Williams Chair is expected to provide intellectual leadership, publish research in the strategy/entrepreneurship domain in top-tier journals, teach two courses each year in Strategic Management and/or Entrepreneurship, grow the reputation of the entrepreneurship program at ODU, mentor faculty, as well as serve the university, the broader community, and profession.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum required qualifications for the position include: (1) a doctorate degree in Management from an AACSB/EQUIS accredited institution with an emphasis in Strategic Management and/or Entrepreneurship, (2) a strong research record (such as publications in high quality/top-tier peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed presentations at national and international conferences), (3) evidence of effective teaching of management courses, (4) evidence of service to the profession (such as serving on editorial boards, editorships, leadership positions in national/regional associations).

Preferred Requirements

As the university is developing an institutional identity in Transitional Entrepreneurship, candidates with a research record in social entrepreneurship, or entrepreneurship among economically distressed communities/women/veterans/ immigrants/ minorities are preferred.

The Strome College Business and ODU have recently launched several local initiatives to not only promote entrepreneurship education and research, but also create a supportive eco-system for start-ups in the region. The Management department plays a critical role in supporting these initiatives. Thus, we welcome applications from candidates who are ready to assume a leadership or supporting role in supporting these initiatives and engage with the local business community.

Ideal candidates will also have interest(s) in other strengths of the college, such as international business.

Old Dominion University

ODU is a dynamic metropolitan, residential, and research-extensive public institution with a student enrollment of more than 25,000, including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and nearly 1,500 international students. The university has over 700 full time faculty, of which 40% are female. ODU is a vibrant, collegial university committed to serving the region and the nation through it research, teaching, service and community engagement. A recent survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that responding faculty rated ODU as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for.

The University’s primary campus is located in Norfolk, VA, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of (southeastern) Virginia, a major recreation area with a population of 1.7 million.  Home to the world’s largest natural deep-water port and third busiest port on the East Coast, the Atlantic headquarters of NATO, and Naval Station Norfolk, which houses the U.S. Navy and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk was recently named a ‘Best City for Entrepreneurship’ by Entrepreneur Magazine. The Hampton Roads region as a whole is experiencing a surge in entrepreneurial activity through collaborative initiatives between the university and local businesses and government agencies.  In addition, the region is major tourist destination with sunny beaches, vibrant cultural offerings, and affordable living. 

Strome College of Business

The College was named in June 2014 as part of the Strome Family Foundation’s major gift to establish a multi-pronged approach to nurturing entrepreneurship throughout the university. AACSB-accredited in both business and accounting, the College offers a wide range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs including business analytics, economics, information systems and technology, international business, public administration and urban policy, and supply chain management. The 105 full-time College faculty serve almost 2,000 undergraduate and 240 graduate students, including over 100 doctoral students. The College offers its MBA and undergraduate programs on campus and online. The areas of strategic focus for the college include Entrepreneurship, International Business, Port and Maritime Management, and Multi-sector Partnerships.

Management Department

The Department of Management has a very collegial “high standards/high support” culture and include the following dynamic tenure-track faculty: Andrew Bennett, Emily Campion, Li-Wei Chen, Martin Goossen, Kris Irwin, Sheila Keener, Ryan Klinger, Elko Klijn, Soo-Hoon Lee, Shaomin Li, Anil Nair (Chair), Jay O’Toole, Robert Pidduck, and Jing Zhang. Please click here for more details about our faculty.

The Department is actively involved in instruction at the undergraduate level as well as the graduate level. It has a vibrant doctoral program in Strategic Management that plays a vital role in supporting the college’s and department’s strategic focus in international business and entrepreneurship.

Application Interested candidates should submit materials electronically through the ODU HR application site at: https://jobs.odu.edu/postings/12857.

Applicants must upload the following documents:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A current curriculum vitae that demonstrates research accomplishments and provides evidence of courses taught and student feedback;
  3. A statement of research interest;
  4. Contact information for three professional references with addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers;
  5. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts

Review of applications will begin in Feb 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Please address any questions to the search chair, Professor Shaomin Li (sli@odu.edu) or department chair, Professor Anil Nair (anair@odu.edu).

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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