Please note that we’re currently preparing to re-open and announce the application process for the 2019/20 cohort of USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars.

Purpose and welcome message

The USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program is designed for USASBE members to help enhance the learning experiences of their students and entrepreneurs – both in their classrooms and in their co-curricular contexts.

It’s an eight-month intensive professional development experience through which educators will design, implement, test, and publish (in a form appropriate to their goals) an innovative and new-to-them project that’ll move the needle at their school in some way related to a significant student learning experience.

A welcome message from our Faculty Director and VP Pedagogy and Learning, Alex Bruton, PhD

Throughout the program, educators will share their own teaching and learning experience and the outcomes of their work with other educators. They will be challenged to build and share the evidence required to be certified by a group of peers as a USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholar in one of the program streams outlined below.

This program aims to build the next generation of global leaders in teaching and learning for entrepreneurship, and to nurture a thriving community of educators who can together foster significant learning experiences for learners.

Most of us do our professional educational development at annual conferences, at custom workshops, through online courses, and, in balance, on our own time.

Then we go back to our home institutions and do our best to implement what we learned – while we catch up on the work we missed while we were away, or in the short gaps between semesters or projects.

None of this is easy in the time and on the budgets we have.

We invite you to consider trying a complementary way of doing things.

In response to the needs of teachers and program developers in this context, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning Scholars Program helps educators deeply explore areas of importance or passionate interest, design and implement significant curricular and co-curricular changes, and answer significant questions about learning through related scholarly inquiry projects.

All with the ongoing support of a so-called “mastermind group”, a broader team of program Scholars, and expert facilitators.

Fundamentally, it’s a program for driving and supporting change – for getting the work done and making it happen. It’s designed to foster leading teachers and teaching faculty who are committed to designing innovative curricular and co-curricular change initiatives.

It’s for the development of cutting edge entrepreneurship and innovation education – in your own context.

And its new redesign ensures that it’s going to be at a whole new level this year!


Program streams

In it’s inaugural year, the program will support two streams:

  1. Classroom Exercise and Tool Learning Stream – This one’s about you implementing a classroom exercise, tool, or approach in your classroom.
  2. Co-curricular On or Off Campus-Based Learning Stream – This one’s about a project that takes place outside the classroom or even off campus.

In future years we anticipate also having a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Stream – one that’s more about taking on a more formal evidence-based study to understand or improve student learning.


The program is open to USASBE members who help students or members of their community meet entrepreneurship-related learning outcomes.

We invite applications that involve academic staff, librarians, teaching assistants, graduate students, student service professionals, administrative staff, and others who contribute to teaching and learning for entrepreneurship.

However, we require that the USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholar be a sessional, adjunct, or full-time teaching faculty member, a senior graduate student in a teaching role, a high school teacher, someone in an administrative role such as principle of a school or director of their entrepreneurship center, or someone in an equivalent position responsible for leading an entrepreneurship program in a non-university context, e.g. such as senior training staff or member of the leadership team at an entrepreneurship education startup.

We also require that the Scholar be in a role that provides them access to a relevant student or community learning context in which they have permission to implement their project.



Admission to the program takes place once a year in two stages on a rolling basis until the cohort is full..

Stage 1 is a short online video interview (including short written components) that can be taken at any time. This is meant to be a quick way to get started. In the interview, you’ll be asked to express your interest, share details about your teaching and learning context, describe your proposed learning problem (and motivation for it), and confirm your level of commitment to the program.

Based on the interviews some applicants will be invited to proceed to Stage 2 and submit a short proposal. If you’re accepted to the program, this proposal will serve as the first ‘iteration’ or ‘baseline’ in the program’s Curriculum Design Studio process.


Applications for the USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program are open once a year and consist of three steps:

1. A quick online interview (less than 30 minutes) in Stage 1. When you request an application, we’ll send you a link to complete a few short text responses and a several-minute video taken right from your computer’s webcam. This is the first part of the application process and it’s intended to be as painless as possible – we just want you to tell us a little bit about yourself without having to write a long proposal. We’ll also send this to you in preview mode along with the criteria so you can check it out and give it some thought before you do it for real.

2. A short project proposal (3 pages max) in Stage 2. As a follow up to the online video interviews, we’ll be inviting successful applicants to submit a 3-page project proposal to round out the details of the application.

3. A signature form confirming your organization’s support (one scanned page). We’ll also ask that you submit a form together with your proposal containing your signature and the signature of your department chair, dean, or supervisor. This is meant to indicate that you are indeed able to meet the commitments required to make this professional development experience a success – especially the time commitment and the ability to travel to the USASBE conference.


Timeline for the 2018/19 cohort

  • The Stage 1 online video interviews will be open to USASBE members starting on May 5, 2018.
  • Every ten days starting on May 15 we’ll review the Stage 1 interviews and invite people into Stage 2 on a rolling basis after that until the cohort is filled.
  • Based on the proposals submitted to Stage 2, we will announce the 2018/19 cohort of USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars on or before July 15.
  • The formal program will begin on or around August 15.
  • Project work will be shared in a showcase panel at the USASBE conference in January 2019.
  • Scholars will implement their project during the January 2019 semester.
  • The formal program will close in May 2018 and those who are certified will be named USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars!

Recruitment for the 2019/20 cohort and for an Associate Faculty Director is expected to begin in the fall semester before the USASBE conference in January 2019.

Adjudication and criteria

Proposals will be adjudicated by a committee of scholars according to the specific criteria listed below.

The committee will be comprised of:

  • One USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholar from a past year
  • USASBE’s SVP Programming or other designated board member
  • The Faculty Director of the USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program
  • The Associate Faculty Director of the program (if there is one in place)

The adjudication criteria include:

  • Grounded in a practical learning context
  • Based on a problem of practice
  • Inquiry focused and situated in the literature
  • Alignment of activities with problem of practice, inquiry, and literature
  • Plans for knowledge sharing
  • Commitment and support
  • Clarity and completeness

Expectations of Scholars

USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars agree to:

  • Attend all virtual sessions and meetings held during the program
  • Support their fellow Scholars through active participation in the design reviews and peer-to-peer support mechanisms built into the Curriculum Design Studio process
  • Document on a regular basis their own learning process and key findings
  • Attend the USASBE conference in January 2019, and disseminate their work there
  • Disseminate their work in a way that makes it possible for others to implement it, e.g. in an experiential exercises or other track at a future USASBE conference (or for research-focused projects, in one of its partner journals)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQ 1. What if I’m not a USASBE member?

No problem. In fact, we’re hoping this program helps more amazing scholars learn about and become engaged with USASBE.

For this reason, anyone can apply to Stage 1 of the admission process.

If you advance to Stage 2 then we’ll ask you to become a member before submitting your proposal.

FAQ 2. How many scholars will you accept and what’s the price?

Our focus is less on the size of the cohort and more on finding the best possible people to join. That said, we aim to keep the groups small enough that people can get to know and support each other and large enough that you benefit from being surrounded by colleagues with a diverse set of knowledge and experience.

You can expect to work in peer groups of 2-5 people, as part of a broader cohort of between 10 and 15 people.

The cost is US $999, not including the cost associated with attending the USASBE conference in January.

FAQ 3. What do scholars get out of it?

This is a very unique and ambitious program. You will get the following:

    1. A cohort of thoughtful and ambitious peers with various disciplinary backgrounds and skill sets – all leaders in entrepreneurship education in their own ways and in their own parts of the world.
    2. Guidance and mentorship from deeply experienced entrepreneurship educators – both as facilitators of the program and as guest lecturers.
    3. The chance to go through the Curriculum Design Studio – an educational science and design thinking based approach to developing, implementing, measuring, and communicating significant learning experiences for people in the world around you.
      Think of this as being like a Google Design Sprint, an Expa, or a Y Combinator, except that it spans several months and, instead of being about trying to start a startup, it’s dedicated to accelerating your curriculum design work and making you a better educator.
    4. Carefully curated readings and online course materials to inform and inspire your work. These include custom-developed video content, tools, and worksheets to help you advance your project. They also include the best of the best both from within our field and from other leaders around the world.
    5. Free registration in the Curriculum Development Consortium (a preconference at the USASBE conference in January) and the chance to co-facilitate parts of the consortium.
    6. The opportunity to present your work as part of the USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program showcase panel at the USASBE conference in January.
    7. Support if / as you proceed to publishing your work.
    8. Certification and the recognition that comes with being a USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholar (for those who meet the requirements).

FAQ 4. Where does it take place?

Scholars are required to attend the USASBE conference in person in the January after being accepted (i.e. in the middle of their time in the program).

Other than that, the entire experience takes place online through video-based lectures, in video conference discussions, using carefully designed online collaboration tools and worksheets, and by taking a suite of online courses. This is deliberate to help make it as accessible as possible to the best people out there.

FAQ 5. How ‘big’ does my project have to be?

It can be something small. Or something big. It’s entirely up to you.

As we’ll learn in the program, truly significant learning can take place in interactions of any size. You might go deep and change just one lecture or key activity. You might go broad and redesign a whole course. Or you might focus on a moderately sized module or co-curricular initiative.

We need you to have something in mind when you apply, but you can expect your facilitators and peers to help you narrow and refine the question you’re hoping to answer as part of the process. Just like in any design thinking process, your first iteration rarely looks like your last. And that’s why this process is valuable.

FAQ 6. What if I’m new to teaching entrepreneurship? And what if I’m not?

No problem. We plan to accept scholars in both categories based on the belief each is uniquely valuable to the process while also helping and complementing one other as part of the process.

FAQ 7. Who is the Faculty Director this year?

It’s Alex Bruton, PhD, PEng, MBA.

Alex is the VP Pedagogy and Learning at USASBE and the founder of this program. He’s also a tenured Senior Instructor in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, and the co-founder of the Straight Up Business Institute.

FAQ 8. Have you done this before?

Yes. And no!

In 2015 and 2017 earlier versions of this program were implemented as the USASBE Go Deep Teaching and Learning Scholars Program.

We think of that as our advanced prototype, and we think of this year’s offering as a really exciting pivot for a few reasons:

  • First is that participants in past years were required to get themselves to Canada for a week. This was great but it meant that the tuition was $3,999 – even with our goal of breaking even.
  • Second is that those previous experiences allowed us to road-test and fine-tune the core approaches that we’ll be using here.

On balance, this year’s offering is meant to be much more financially accessible – so we can get the best people in the door. And the program itself is even stronger than ever before.

Below are some of the testimonials and video reflections from past offerings of the program.

Some testimonials from the Go Deep Scholars

The day to day responsibilities of being a university professor and administrator don’t ever seem to provide enough time to do the kind of deep work that contributes in a meaningful way to the discipline and my research and teaching goals. Having the chance to remove other distractions and get together with colleagues to explore the boundaries of teaching and learning entrepreneurship at the Go Deep Program was a gift that has continued to provide great benefits.

Rebecca White, Ph.D.Professor, Entrepreneurship and James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship; Director, Entrepreneurship Center - University of Tampa

As the Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, I really see the value in going through this. For myself as an instructor, but also in helping some of the faculty on at my university who are starting to engage in entrepreneurship and trying to figure out “how do I go deeper into this and be even more successful?” I can go back from the Go Deep program and continue to use the process I learned here. I want it for my faculty as well.

Julienne Shields, MBADirector – Center for Entrepreneurship, Millikin University

During my time in the Go Deep Program, I expanded my vision of what is possible in the classroom, and gained the tools to make magic happen.

Susan Clarke Muntean, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Management, UNC Asheville

The link to outcome and assessment was excellent. So many times we do things because that’s the way we’ve always done them. The program challenged me to revisit what I was doing and helped me become more strategic as to why I was doing them.

John Francis, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Management, Director of the Aztec Consulting Center, San Diego State University

The program is a great balance of facilitated work, group think, and individual work. The facilitation forces you to think in ways you maybe haven’t, the cohort’s breadth of experience is invaluable, and the built-in time to do real work allows you to make a plan to implement.

Andy Heise, MBAInstructor and Assistant Director at UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Bloch School of Management

I have been honored to exchange ideas, collaborate, and dream big with this group of global change agents in the entrepreneurship education platform. I appreciated the feedback on my ideas as well as the opportunity to share input with others on a portfolio of significant works.

Dr. Denise E. WilliamsAssistant Professor, College of Management, Metropolitan State University

This program helped me frame my ideas and truly reflect on what I want to teach my entrepreneurship students. The experience was truly inspirational. The openness, trust and respect of the group made it possible to engage every issue with a “why not?” attitude. I felt like we could change the world! I have made lasting connections with all of the participants and feel like we are more powerful together.

Cynthia A. Sheehan, MBAPermanent Lecturer, FSA ULaval, Université Laval

Thought provoking, challenging, yet inspirational … it will challenge what you think you know about entrepreneurship education, while at the same time giving you the knowledge to make you a better educator.

John Dobson, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Practice, Clark University

The varied backgrounds and personalities created a dynamic, mind stretching experience.

Bill SchuttersEntrepreneurial Support Director, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

Making significant changes to a curricular project is daunting. The support and guidance received from Alex and the Go Deep Scholars is instrumental in transforming the experience and delivering to my students.

Doan Winkel, Ph.D.Executive Director, Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University

The Go Deep Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning Scholars Program was an experience that has impacted not only how I will approach teaching entrepreneurship but how I approach teaching students. It has reminded me to focus my efforts on creating learning experiences that teach to the hearts, heads, and hands of my learners. It has also reminded me that when I want to solve a problem, better to ask for help than to teach in isolation.

Mark TurnerHigh School Teacher, Building Futures, Rocky View Schools

The process of forming a mastermind group for entrepreneurial education has been wonderful. By far the most enjoyable and intellectually stimulating experience I have had in this domain. I can’t wait to continue learning from and helping my mastermind colleagues into the future. I would recommend this process to anyone interested in advancing theirselves and/or interested in advancing the domain of entrepreneurship education.

Dr. Colin JonesSenior Lecturer of Enterprise Learning, University of Tasmania.


Some reflections from the Go Deep Scholars

Dr. Colin Jones, Senior Lecturer of Enterprise Learning, University of Tasmania

Julienne Shields, MBA, Director – Center for Entrepreneurship, Millikin University

Susan Clarke Muntean, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, UNC Asheville

John Dobson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice, Clark University

Jeff Vanevenhoven, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Major, University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Cynthia A. Sheehan, MBA, Permanent Lecturer, FSA ULaval, Université Laval

Andy Heise, MBA, Instructor and Assistant Director at UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Bloch School of Management

Doan Winkel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University