Using Adjunct Faculty to Teach Entrepreneurship at an AACSB- Accredited Business Program: Synergies and Opportunities

Kirk C. Heriot, Leo Simpson, Harriet Stephenson


In 2001, Murray Low pointed out that the demand for entrepreneurship courses continued to grow unabated. Yet, he also pointed out that, "Business schools have met student demand for entrepreneurship courses by using adjunct faculty" (Low, 2001). The use of adjunct faculty presents a real challenge to universities, especially those programs accredited by AACSB International. AACSB International allows instructors to be professionals, but they are required to be professionally qualified (AACSB, 2011).

This research highlights a unique situation in which adjunct faculty were used to teach courses in a graduate entrepreneurship program at Seattle University. We address the issues associated with using adjunct faculty while ensuring they maintain their professional qualifications. We use a typical human resource management framework (Allen, et al., 2010) to highlight how the adjunct instructors were trained, assigned, and evaluated. We conclude with observations on the practical implications of this study as well as a commentary on future research issues.

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