Rocco Abessinio Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship Studies



Job description

Division of Business and Information Management

Catholic Education in the Franciscan Tradition

Thanks to a generous donation provided by entrepreneur Rocco Abessinio, Neumann University is seeking a visiting Professor to lead a new minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. This is a one-year position, renewable for three years, which will start in the spring of 2019. The visiting Professor will report to the Dean of the Business and Information Management division and develop and teach courses in the new minor, advise students, and lead the effort to create a business innovation and incubator lab for new business opportunities for students within and outside the University.

The visiting Professor will teach 6 classes per year within the division. The Professor will work with the Faculty within the division and the University to develop the curriculum for the minor, on topics such as social entrepreneurship/enterprise, social/environmental justice, legal concepts, funding, start-up development and organizational leadership. The faculty member will advise all students with the minor and assist in the creation of an entrepreneurial innovation and incubator lab. In addition, the visiting professor will help coordinate the speaker series associated with Neumann’s entrepreneurship program.


  • Ideal candidates will have a clear understanding and a track record of entrepreneurship, in both profit and nonprofit ventures;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills are required to be able to articulate that vision to students, faculty, parents, and donors;
  • Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, Business, Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior or Development, Public Management or a related field preferred although individuals with comparable work experience are welcome to apply;
  • Extensive practical/professional experience within entrepreneurship, and/or management experience;
  • Experience teaching at University level in a business related field;
  • Commitment to the role and mission of a Catholic and Franciscan Liberal Arts University.

How to apply

Candidates must possess an appreciation for and congruence with the Franciscan mission of the University. Qualified candidates should forward a resume and wage requirements, along with the contact information for three references to David W. Brownlee
Vice President for Human Resources & Risk Management
Neumann University
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014-1298

Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Neumann is a private, Catholic, co-educational University in the Franciscan tradition, which emphasizes respect for individuals, concern for the environment, and social responsibility. The University offers undergraduate degrees in a broad variety of subjects, seven graduate programs, and an accelerated bachelor's degree program for adults.