Located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark College is a small liberal arts college with 2,100 undergraduates. We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to serve as the college’s inaugural Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation beginning Fall 2024. A PhD or other terminal degree is required at the time of appointment. Although our priority is to hire at the level of assistant professor, candidates and appointments at other ranks (including appointment as a non-tenure-track professor of the practice) will be considered.
The college’s Bates Center is a vibrant initiative offering a popular academic minor in entrepreneurship alongside a growing number of co-curricular programs. We push our students – drawn from the social sciences, arts and humanities, and mathematical and natural sciences – to leverage their critical thinking, analytical abilities, and communication skills to create and test impact-based solutions for the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. The successful applicant will join a supportive, creative leadership team committed to a liberal arts-inspired program built on four strategic pillars: entrepreneurial mindset, skill sets, experiential learning, and networking. We encourage students to major in what they love, yet graduate with the toolkit and network they need to advocate for themselves and others.
Duties will include teaching five semester-long undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship each academic year and contributing to the Bates Center’s co-curricular programming. The successful candidate will regularly teach Introduction to Innovation (emphasizing, e.g., systems thinking and lean startup methods) and a course in Startup Finance (for-profit and not-for-profit) for undergraduates. Additional preferred teaching including Design-Thinking, Leadership, Marketing, Internship, and/or a course related to the candidate’s own entrepreneurial endeavors. Tenure-track faculty at the college are expected to maintain an active program of scholarship and advise students with varied backgrounds from across the US and around the globe. The college provides a paid pre-tenure junior sabbatical, mentoring, and professional development support.
Review of applications will begin on October 16 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application must include the following: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in joining Lewis & Clark College and how you can contribute to a culture of equity and inclusion on our campus, (2) statements of your scholarship and/or industry interests (including a sample of scholarship if available), your teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (including teaching evaluations if available), and your preparation to teach students from diverse backgrounds, and (3) a current curriculum vitae. All materials should be addressed to Brian Detweiler-Bedell, Chair, Entrepreneurship Search Committee and must be submitted via Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/130241. Click “Apply” to create your free account. After initial review of applications, candidates advanced for further review will be asked to provide three professional reference letters to be uploaded separately by recommenders. Lewis & Clark College will conduct background checks on the finalists.