Director, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and Professor (Assistant/Associate/Full) of Entrepreneurship

Job Title: Director, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and Professor (Assistant/Associate/Full) of Entrepreneurship
Position Number: ACAD-FT-COB-12102020
Departments: Archie W. Dunham College of Business
Reports To: Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business
Job Status: Exempt

Position Summary

Houston Baptist University seeks an academic leader for the McNair Center of Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise (McNair Center) who will also serve as a professor (open rank) of entrepreneurship for the Archie W. Dunham College of Business. The mission of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Houston Baptist University is to educate in the foundations of entrepreneurial leadership and free enterprise – including teaching and modeling the principles of individual responsibility, limited government, and principled entrepreneurship. The McNair Center at HBU is funded by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation which has funded similar centers at other universities across the nation. The person selected for this position will oversee the operation of the McNair Center and have a reduced teaching load. The director reports to the Office of the Provost for all matters pertaining to the McNair Center and to the Dean of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business for all matters pertaining to instruction and academic programming. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all activities within the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise;
  • Represent the McNair Center’s vision and initiatives internally and bring together multidisciplinary faculty across the university to collaborate with the McNair Center’s activities;
  • Oversee the McNair Entrepreneurship Fellows Program including assisting in the selection of the grant recipients;
  • Expand the Christian Leader Mentor Program to provide mentorships, apprenticeships, and internships for students under the direct supervision of a Christian leader;
  • Oversee activities of the Idea Illuminator: Communication Lab to equip students to advance as professional communicators in the workplace;
  • Oversee the McNair Center’s budget activities including annual reporting to the McNair Foundation;
  • Manage and meet periodically with the McNair Center’s Advisory Board comprised of leaders from the local business community and appointed by the Office of the Provost;
  • Expand public partnerships by creating local, regional, national, and international opportunities for networking and connections for McNair Entrepreneurship Fellows and other HBU students;
  • Maintain an active role in the local entrepreneurship community and represent HBU at external events related to the McNair Center;
  • Engage entrepreneurs and bring them to the university to participate in the activities of the McNair Center;
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in management and entrepreneurship offered through the College of Business (at a reduced teaching load);
  • Oversee the Master of Science in Management and Entrepreneurship degree including assisting in the recruitment of students, curriculum design, and evaluation;
  • Develop and oversee an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship;
  • Assess the effectiveness of the McNair Center and recommend future strategies;
  • Collaborate with directors and faculty of other McNair Centers;
  • Seek and secure additional third party funding to support the goals of the Center; and
  • Coordinate with the university and the McNair Foundation on marketing and public relation activities in support of the Center.


Candidates should have an earned PhD or DBA in entrepreneurship or a closely related field; rank will be commensurate with qualifications. The ideal candidate will have previous entrepreneurship private sector ownership or management experience.


Additional Information

The successful candidate will also be able to articulate a vision for the director role at HBU that is supportive of the Ten Pillars vision statement; the Ten Pillars vision statement may be found at  Houston Baptist University is an independent, private Christian liberal arts institution with a diverse student body and access to all the cultural advantages of one of the largest metropolitan centers in the country. For more information about the University and the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, visit

Direct questions about this position to the provost of the University, Dr. Stan Napper at

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