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Faculty, Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Open Rank

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
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Nov 26, 2021

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Faculty, Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Open Rank Search #: 495767
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a faculty position (tenure-track or in-residence faculty at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank) in innovation and entrepreneurship, focusing on human or animal dietary supplements and functional food ingredients, including nutraceuticals, for the prevention of diseases and improvement of health. The successful candidate will be a team leader and team player, working collaboratively with other faculty at UConn in developing and directing a highly innovative and entrepreneurial applied/translational research program in the aforementioned areas. The candidate is expected to demonstrate previous success in transitioning scientific research and discoveries to the market for economic development, including prior entrepreneurial activities such as successful patent application and licensing research, and acquiring venture capital for technology commercialization and startup company formation. In addition, the candidate is expected to work with entrepreneurs, investors, and industry partners to generate funds in support of his/her research as well as seeking federal funding such as SBIR and STIR grants. Additional responsibilities include developing innovative undergraduate/graduate courses encompassing candidate's discipline, innovation and entrepreneurship, and mentoring faculty in entrepreneurial skills.

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources has implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs in the years 2020-2025. An essential component of that Strategic Vision is a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and extension and addressing structural racism by broadening participation and integrating culturally-sustaining approaches in all College activities. The candidate hired in this position will be part of a cluster hire of multiple innovation and entrepreneurship faculty appointments at UConn aimed at making significant progress to establishing UConn as a hub of entrepreneurship through his/her area of expertise. The candidate hired will also be expected to contribute to one or more of the CAHNR's strategic initiatives:
  • Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Fostering sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
  • Advancing adaptation and resilience in a changing climate
  • Dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for anti-racist policies, practices, and norms

The CAHNR Strategic Vision provides additional information on the strategic initiatives and their related areas of emphasis.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

  • An earned doctorate or equivalent foreign degree in Nutritional Science, Food Science, Animal Science, Poultry Science or a related field by the time of appointment.
  • Excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship appropriate to rank. Consideration of appointment and rank (tenure-track or in-residence and assistant, associate, full professor) will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
    • Assistant Professor - A successful record of scholarly productivity
    • Associate Professor - Substantial contribution to the advancement of knowledge in their field
    • Professor - Superior ability as a capable, mature teacher, and recognized scholar
  • Demonstrated potential for establishing an independent, extramurally funded research program in the applicant's area of expertise.
  • Established potential in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrable ability to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated record of promoting diversity in research, teaching or entrepreneurial programs.

  • Proven success in establishing industry-academia collaboration, technology licensing and commercialization, and venture capital development and start-up company formation.
  • Experience in building successful interdisciplinary collaborative teams.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching courses and/or leading programs in technology innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrated excellence in mentoring student/faculty entrepreneurs.
  • Excellence in public communication and engagement.
  • Excellence in research in the applicant's area of expertise, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and success in securing research funding.


This is a full-time, 9-month position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2022. The successful candidate's primary appointment will be at the Storrs campus, and the academic home department will depend on the applicant's field of expertise. Salary, faculty rank, and appointment as In-Residence or tenure-track will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with the University Bylaws section XIV.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate's compliance with the University's Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
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