Lepage Faculty Fellows
The Lepage Faculty Fellows program will award grants of up to $10,000 per year to Tulane faculty members working in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. Administered by the business school’s Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the program offers support not only for teaching and research but also the entrepreneurial activities of faculty members, including the commercialization of technologies and costs associated with starting a new company.
All tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, and professors of the practice at Tulane University will be eligible to apply to become a Lepage Faculty Fellow, which is a core program of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship Research.
Candidates will be considered based on the following criteria, which will be used to review all aspects of your application. You must be:
- For Senior Faculty Fellows: A tenured professor (associate or full professor) or senior professor of the practice at Tulane University; For Faculty Fellows: A tenure-track faculty member (assistant professor) or professor of the practice at Tulane University.
- Actively researching, publishing, teaching, or mentoring students in entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital, small business, etc.
- Committed to research in entrepreneurship and innovation, willing to participate in shared learning experiences facilitated by the Lepage Center, and open to developing collaborations with communities of new ventures, established businesses, local non-profits, and family businesses to explore issues relating to innovation and entrepreneurship in the upcoming academic year.
- Up to $10,000 awarded to each Lepage Faculty Fellow for the purposes of entrepreneurship research, technology transfer, hiring graduate assistants for research or commercialization activities, travel to industry conferences and business competitions, or other similar activities included in the candidate’s application.
- Eligibility to be listed as a Lepage Faculty Fellow on the faculty member’s curriculum vitae for one academic year, with potential for renewal.
- Access to unique opportunities with the Lepage Center’s Executives / Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, venture capitalists, angel investors, and other business leaders.
- Two complimentary invitations to the Lepage Center Award Gala during the spring semester of the year of the fellowship, where contributions to entrepreneurship and innovation will be recognized.
- A profile on the Lepage Center’s website and work profiled via social media, videos, newsletters, etc.
- Research promoted on the Lepage Center’s website and social media channels through “translation papers” shared with local and national media outlets.
- Present entrepreneurship research conducted as Lepage Faculty Fellow at a half-day conference hosted by the Lepage Center each spring.
- Collaborate with the Lepage Center’s Executives / Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to assist the student ventures that are being incubated at the Lepage Center.
- Support the work of the Family Business Center and engage with its members through research, field studies, and other engagements.
- Be willing to encourage students in their classes to attend Lepage Center events and, as appropriate, host guest lecturers in classes, including Tulane Business Model Competition judges, and prominent alumni entrepreneurs and investors.
- Participate in meetings once a semester to advance the work of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship Research, including advising the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and the Lepage Center Executive Director, on the Levy-Rosenblum Institute's work with:
- Databases, datasets, and other resources that should be purchased or otherwise made available through the Freeman School’s Turchin Library and Tulane's Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
- Research grants, conferences, and other opportunities for faculty research that Tulane faculty should be aware of and encouraged to participate in.
- Partnering with local economic development organizations and entrepreneur support organizations to develop applied research and experiential/expeditionary learning opportunities for Freeman School students.
- Developing field studies, case studies, undergraduate and graduate research efforts, and other opportunities for students to study entrepreneurship in an applied manner.
All fellows will be eligible for three-year terms, renewable on an annual basis. Applications are due September 28th at 5 PM CT; to submit your application, please visit http://bit.ly/LepageFacultyFellows