The Ying Wu College of Computing seeks a dynamic individual to serve as Professor of Practice (a non tenure-track position), responsible for the innovation and academic entrepreneurial programs of the College. The Professor will work closely with the Dean in implementing his vision for the College to play a prominent role in the NY/NJ academic and tech community.
Reporting directly to the Dean and working closely with the departmental chairs, college faculty, and students, the Professor will develop and implement entrepreneurial academic programs dedicated to Information Technologies. The Professor will develop basic and advanced courses in entrepreneurship, build a robust support network in the NJ and NYC entrepreneurial eco-systems, promote and support innovation and entrepreneurial ventures among the College students and faculty, deal with Intellectual Property issues, and liaison with other relevant departments at NJIT, including the Office of Research and the Martin Tuchman School of Management. Main responsibilities: 1. Develop and deliver academic courses, (mostly) for YWCC students, in entrepreneurship, focusing on information technologies. 2. Implement events and training seminars/clinics/forums in entrepreneurship. 3. Support and mentor the spinoff of commercial ventures, based on scientific activities, among students and faculty, while still on campus. 4. Support, monitor and track fresh College spinoffs leaving campus. 5. Build a robust support network of mentors and advisors in the NJ/NY entrepreneurial ecosystem. 6. Serve as a bridge between the College and the broader NJ/NY tech ecosystem. 7. Support patenting and intellectual property (IP) protection in the College and licensing administration in coordination with the Department of Intellectual Property and Patents. 8. Maintain a productive relationship and liaison with NJIT's Office of Research, the School of Management and the affiliated New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII). 9. Identify and secure government/foundation/corporate funding and sponsorship opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. Essential Characteristics:
Must abide by the university's core values which include excellence, integrity, civility, social responsibility, diversity and communication.
1. A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field. MBA an advantage. Experience in research an advantage. 2. Some experience in education/training/mentoring. 3. At least five years experience working in product development, business development, team building and raising capital in a commercial startup environments, preferably as the founder of a venture. 4. Some experience in patenting. 5. At least three years experience supporting innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g. as a venture capitalist or accelerator/incubator manager). 6. Familiarity with the NJ and NYC entrepreneurial eco-systems, including the business, venture capital and legal communities. 7. Strong verbal and written communication skills. 8. Service-oriented.
1.Experience in an academic environment an advantage. 2.Creative out-of-the-box thinker. 3. People person. 4. Inspiring, friendly, and outgoing.