Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Company:Mount Royal University

Location:Canada / Calgary

Discipline:Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


Assistant Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (998335.1)

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

In recognition of its leadership in social innovation and commitment to Indigenous education, Mount Royal University achieved AshokaU designation as a Changemaker Campus. A Changemaker Campus operates in socially and environmentally conscious ways to address local and global challenges. The designation recognizes investment in the continuous development of individuals who see the value of higher education in making the world a better place.

About the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies

The Faculty of Business and Communications Studies (FBCS) is composed of the EFDM accredited Bissett School of Business and the School of Communication Studies. The School of Business hosts four departments: General Management & Human Resources, Accounting & Finance, International Business & Supply Chain Management, and Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Social Innovation. The School of Communication Studies consists of four departments: Public Relation, Information Design, Broadcast Media Studies, and Journalism.

Bissett School of Business offers education in all major areas of management and business administration, including degrees, certificates and a diploma in aviation. The School has dedicated itself to providing an education that is on the leading edge of global business trends and community relevance.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is designed to prepare students to be successful in the commercial, nonprofit, and public sectors of the Canadian and global economy while being engaged citizens in their communities. The BBA is primarily designed to prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation. The BBA may also be considered sufficient preparation for admission to appropriate and relevant professional accreditation programs as well as graduate degrees offered by many Canadian and international universities.

BBA students will have the opportunity to specialize in one of seven majors, including Accounting, Finance, General Management, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. We also offer a General Management major that allows students to specialize in other fields of business, including Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Students may also use the General Management major to pursue minors in areas of study offered outside of the Bissett School of Business.

The Bissett School of Business is an accredited member of EFDM, a global, non-profit, membership-driven organization dedicated to management development. With a network of 30,000 management professionals from academia, business, public service, and consultancies, EFMD plays a central role in shaping the global approach to management education and provides a unique forum for information, research, networking, and debate on innovation and best practice.

Faculty Position in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation

The Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation in the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The rank is commensurate with experience.

This position will commence ideally on July 1, 2022 (we are seeking an individual available for Fall 2022).

The Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation offers programs in Marketing (BBA Marketing and Minor), Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Concentration and Minor) and Social Innovation (Concentration and Minor).

About Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed to graduate curious and entrepreneurial minds who are innovative drivers of business development in dynamic, growth oriented companies that they join or start.  An Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor is also offered to students from across campus. We offer an experiential program that goes beyond teaching mind-set and business models, to executing product and business development strategies for the commercialization of innovative ideas. The Entrepreneurship concentration prepares graduates to either join an organization in a customer-facing role with unlimited potential or start their own business.

In addition to supporting students to start their own ventures during their program or following graduation, the Entrepreneurship concentration prepares graduates for careers across small and medium growth oriented enterprises in a variety of positions including business development, sales, product development and product management.

The Entrepreneurship concentration focuses on the creation of social and economic value by developing core capabilities of idea generation, opportunity recognition, sales, business development and product management. Entrepreneurship students will learn to shape entrepreneurial opportunities, assess financial feasibility, develop a unique business model, while living an entrepreneurial experience.

About the Role

Building on our history of faculty teaching innovation and entrepreneurship at MRU and the impactful work of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the individual will become a key academic collaborator with other entrepreneurship faculty and the Institute in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at Mount Royal.

The successful candidate will design, develop and deliver leading edge curriculum with an expectation they will contribute to courses and content focusing on: the innovation and entrepreneurial mindset; the application of technology in innovative and entrepreneurial offerings [including product and business model innovation]; product development and launch; and venture launch -- all of which are critical for the commercialization of innovative ideas.

The ideal candidate’s active research agenda and history of engagement  in both the academic and local entrepreneurial communities, will ensure that their teaching and program contributions are at all times informed by scholarship,, sensitive to the local context, and at the forefront of undergraduate entrepreneurship education.

We seek applicants with research interests and a building scholarly profile in innovative and entrepreneurial contexts.

For further information about the position, contact Donna Dumont, Chair, Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Social Innovation at


  • A PhD/Doctorate or a close to completion doctoral candidate is preferred;
  • Experience in innovative curricular design is an asset;
  • Evidence of first hand entrepreneurial business experience is an asset;
  • Candidates should demonstrate excellence in university or college teaching, or equivalent with a minimum of two (2) years at a post secondary institution
  • The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to the design and delivery of curriculum in areas including innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets, product management, the application of technology, the development of business development and innovation strategies within start-ups and dynamic growth companies.
  • As a scholar, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a promising scholarship agenda that holds the potential for local/regional impact and the potential for (or evidence of) publication in ranked journals and author of industry/policy points of view.

Applicants’ proven track record and demonstrated potential in two or more of the following areas is required:

  • Create courses and actively contribute to curriculum/program development
  • Design and lead co-curricular activities and programs
  • Engage with startups or innovation projects
  • Support commercialization of technology innovations
  • Indigenous community collaboration or engagement
  • Build partnerships with the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Collaborate in university and professional settings
  • Research and publish in teaching and learning innovation and pedagogy (SOTL)
  • Support and contribute to equity, diversity, and inclusion and a positive working and learning environment.
  • Provide mentorship and leadership in faculty and student projects

In addition, a background in one or more of the following topics is advantageous:

  • Technology commercialization
  • Empowering minorities in entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Indigenous relations
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable economy and the environment

What We Offer

Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports and certifications for students, employees and the public.

Due to changing Covid-19 precautions, this role may possibly require the incumbent to temporarily work from home. Access to a secure personal computer and stable internet connection is required.

Please note: Effective January 1, 2022, Mount Royal University will require all employees to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, employees must be either vaccinated or provide rapid test results twice a week.

Submission Process

A complete dossier including curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, sample of scholarship outcomes, and the names and contact information for three (3) references should be submitted as a single PDF document quoting Competition #xxx.

Closing Date: January 7, 2022

To Apply:

Please title your .pdf document as follows: [Last Name], [Requisition Number] [Document].pdf (ex. Smith, 999999 CV.pdf).​​​​​​​

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

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