All Coleman Fellows are required to write short monthly updates for the Coleman Fellows site as well as an end-of-year final report. Below is what I just submitted. I’ve written a bit about my Coleman Fellow experience as well as what I learned teaching ENT/GEO/LIS 530 this spring. Later this summer I will post some final thoughts about my Spring 2014 “530” experience and possible changes for the Spring 2015 version.
I’m also excited about a second independent study I will be supervising this fall — this one with the senior mentioned below. Her focus will be on consumer market data. I’ll write about our plans for that independent study too (although keeping some aspects private for the sake of the student). We just began to write up that proposal.
I will be serving as UNCG’s Assistant Director of the Coleman Fellows for 2014-15, backing up the excellent and hardworking Professor Dianne Welsh as needed. There will be 15 fellows on campus next fall.
So here is my final report.
What I accomplished with entrepreneurship this school year, including my Coleman Fellow and business & entrepreneurship librarian accomplishments
Last fall, it took 6 curriculum committees and 5 months (despite gaining approval at every stage) to get my class approved and into the online class-scheduling system. The class was finally made available for sign-ups on commencement day, after exams were over and after most students had already finishing selecting classes for the spring semester. Yet I still ended up with 11 students (4 undergraduate, 7 graduate) plus 3 auditing students (2 research staff plus the new local public business librarian – see below). That turned out to be a nice class size for this hands-on research class for the first time.
The class seemed to go well and I received positive anecdotal feedback. Several students have also volunteered that the class was “rigorous” or “definitely a challenge.” We shall see what the consensus of the formal course evaluations are! Each student chose a business or nonprofit idea of personal interest for their capstone project; many of the students will be utilizing the findings of their capstone research in the future as they continue to develop their business ideas.
Two of my 530 students will be doing independent studies with me this fall: a Library Science graduate student and an Entrepreneurship/Dance senior.
Other entrepreneurship-related accomplishments this school year:
- Provided 83 entrepreneurship research consultations from July 1, 2013 to April 29, 2014 for student and community-based entrepreneurs.
- Continued as the co-teacher of ENT 300: Feasibility Analysis (required of all Entrepreneurship majors and minors and the lead-in class to ENT 336, The Business Plan), as well as MKT 426: International Marketing, the “Export Odyssey” class required of all marketing majors, in which the student teams try to make a sale into a new international market for a North Carolina manufacturer.
- Mentored the new business librarian at the Greensboro Public Library with emphasis on entrepreneurship-related research skills and sources.
- As a member of BLINC (Business Librarianship in North Carolina), helped advise the NC LIVE (http://www.nclive.org/) Resource Advisory Committee on its suite of 2015-17 business research databases subscription that will support the research needs of entrepreneurs, small business owners, economic development agencies, and students throughout North Carolina.