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Coleman Fellowship

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Coleman Fellowships
Request for Proposals
Due Date: June 22, 2012

The Coleman Foundation and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce opportunities for California State University, Fresno faculty to apply for Coleman Fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Coleman Fellowships offer a two semester stipend to faculty to support the development of curricula incorporating elements of entrepreneurship into an existing course or for the creation of a new course with entrepreneurial content in their academic discipline. Of particular interest are proposals that seek to develop curricula in non-traditional areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. Faculties from all disciplines on campus are eligible for a Coleman Fellowship.

Awards will go to proposals that clearly demonstrate how entrepreneurship can be integrated into a discipline and provide relevant learning to students. In addition, courses taught by Coleman Fellows serve as "electives" for over 150 students currently pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship in the Craig School of Business.

Proposals that have a high probability for multi-year offerings will receive the highest priority for funding.

Two Coleman Fellowship awards will be awarded in the 2012-2013 academic year. Stipends are $5000 for the year, with a $2000 allocation made at the end of the Fall semester and a $3000 allocation made at the end of the Spring semester.

In addition, awardees will be required to attend the Coleman Fellows Workshop held in Chicago, Illinois on November 1, 2012 ( Over 100 Fellows from a wide variety of disciplines from universities across the United States are currently engaged in this program. (Note change to Chicago, dates, and the removal of the February meeting).

The Awardees will be expected to develop the course during Fall 2012 with delivery of the course in Spring 2013. In some instances, course delivery in Fall 2013 can be acceptable.

Applications for the Coleman Fellowships will be received up to June 22, 2012 with announcements of awards by July 13, 2012. The application should include the following information:

  • Description of the proposed course restricted to 250 words or less;
  • List of learning objectives for the course;
  • How entrepreneurship will be incorporated into the course topic;
  • Statement on how the course will be sustained as an offering beyond the 2012-13 year;
  • Three page c.v.;
  • Letter of support from your department Chair and Dean. The letter should clearly state that the College, School or Department is supportive of incorporating the course into the curricula.
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In addition, the Lyles Center hosts a monthly workshop with new and past Coleman Fellows to discuss course work, programs, and exchange ideas. Coleman Fellows are expected to attend and contribute. A Certificate in Innovation is currently being pursued which would incorporate Coleman Fellow courses.

2005-2006 Coleman Fellow Awardees:
James Mullooly, Applied Anthropology of Entrepreneurship
Lynn Forsthye, Law for Entrepreneurs
Kurt Madden, Social Entrepreneurship

2006-2007 Coleman Fellow Awardees:
Betsy Hays, Public Relations Entrepreneurship
Chung Hoon Lee, Mems and Nanotechnology for Entrepreneurs
Tomaz Wielicki and Rafael Solis, Project Management for Entrepreneurs
Miles Ishigaki, Music for Entrepreneurs

2007-2008 Coleman Fellow Awardees:
Corey Whitehead and Don Priest, Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Digital Distribution of Media
Klaus Tenbergen, Entrepreneurship for the Food Industry
Reza Raeisi, Engineering Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

2008-2009 Coleman Fellow Awardees:
Lizhu Davis, Fashion Entrepreneurship
Henry Delcore, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Entrepreneurship Education in Engineering, Social Science and Business
Dave Goorahoo, Organic Farming for Entrepreneurs

2009-2010 Coleman Fellow Awardees:
He Yan Beal, Entrepreneurship in International Retailing
Matthew Jendian and Don Simmons, Entrepreneurial Approaches to Sustainable Community Partnerships

2010-2011 Coleman Fellow Awardees:
Mohan Dangi, Introduction to Environmental Entrepreneurship
A. Sameh El Kharbawy, Design Internship: Opportunities for Innovation, Service-Learning and Social Enterprise

2011-2012 Coleman Fellow Awardees:
Andrew Hansz, Real Estate Principles for Entrepreneurs
Florence Cassel, Soil and Water Managemente
Elisa Valdez, Floral Design

Current Colemen Fellows

  • Assistant Professor Betsy Hays
    Mass Communications and Journalism

  • Assistant Professor Klaus Tenbergen
    Food Science/Culinology

  • Associate Professor Henry Delcore

  • Associate Professor James Mullooley

  • Professor Lynn Forsythe
    Business Law

  • Professor Tomas Wielicki
    Information Systems

  • Associate Professor Corey Whitehead

  • Professor Donald Priest
    Mass Communications and Journalism

  • Assistant Professor Reza Raeisi

  • Associate Professor Dave Goorahoo

  • Assistant Professor Lizhu Davis
    Fashion Design

  • Assistant Professor Mohan Dangi

  • Professor Jia Wang

  • Professor A. Sameh El Kharbawy
    Art & Design

  • Lecturer Craig Scharton

  • Professor Andrew Hansz
    Real Estate

  • Lecturer Elisa Valdez

  • Adjunct Professor Florence Cassel