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Job Summary

The College of Engineering, Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan invites applicants for a part-time LEO Intermittent Lecturer position in Urban Entrepreneurship for the Winter 2019 term.


During Winter 2019, teach ENTR 490.012: Urban Entrepreneurship.

The objective of this class is to understand the definition of urban entrepreneurship, how urban-focused businesses compare to others, and to design a sustainable for-profit business model accordingly.

Urban Entrepreneurship is a relevant exploration of how to create a sustainable, scalable, for-profit company that addresses the needs of urban communities. This course serves students who want to learn how to develop a business model that will effectively make lasting improvements in urban quality-of-life.

Through this 3-credit course, students should develop working knowledge in identifying and building a sustainable, for-profit business that addresses the needs of urban communities.

Key aspects of this course, include teaching students:

  1. How to define, analyze and compare urban-focused businesses to other ventures.
  2. How to engage with urban community organizations, city officials and existing businesses in identifying and prioritizing problems worth solving.
  3. How to apply customer discovery and human centered design methods to pitch, finance, execute, refine and scale a business in the urban community landscape.
  4. How to create dynamic and effective user-focused solutions that reflect understanding of all stakeholders.
  5. How to validate a sustainable for-profit business that both addresses and improves urban community needs.

This class is an integral part of the College of Engineering, Center for Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial Practicum offerings. Urban Entrepreneurship is a cross-disciplinary, introductory course for those who want to dive-in, serve within an urban community, and gain knowledge about a variety of urban innovations that give rise to unprecedented opportunities for solving previously intractable problems. This class is designed for current and potential entrepreneurs, designers, makers, founders and doers.

The person in this position will develop course content, curriculum, projects, and assignments. As an instructor, the person in this position will lead a weekly 3-hour interactive lecture and hold weekly office hours with students.

The course is scheduled for 15 weeks during the Winter 2019 term.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • 3+ years of experience in urban community interface, business strategy and management, product definition and business creation, organization and leadership development
  • Experience in instructing undergraduate students in a classroom environment
  • Ability to establish credibility and rapport with students
  • Ability to learn conceptual frameworks quickly and apply them to practical student needs


Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Mission Statement

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.