I'm so pleased that you're interested in applying to the CIE Faculty Fellows program. This year's application cycle will close off at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, September 26.

Here's what you'll need to upload into the Submittable system. 

  1. A brief cover letter
  2. A proposal (2 pages max, 11 points, 1.5 spacing)
  3. A CV    

You can save your work and come back to your application at a later time. If you have questions, please reach out to me: lmetcalf@calpoly.edu or 805.748.8589. 

In a nutshell, the CIE Faculty Fellows program supports the professional growth and development of tenure-track faculty members who are motivated to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship and committed to growing the entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly.

Cover Letter Guidelines:
CIE Faculty Fellows become part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty community that is committed to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Give us a sense of who you are. Things you might talk about include:

  • Why you're excited about innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Why you're motivated to reach out across silos and to form connections with the CIE Faculty Fellows
  • Why it's important to you to champion student and faculty engagement with CIE's co-curricular programming

Proposal Guidelines:

  1. Discuss how you'll engage with and support CIE student innovation and entrepreneurship programs over the 3-year fellowship period. CIE programs include the Entrepreneurship Minor, Startup Weekend, Camp PolyHacks, Innovation Quest, the Hatchery, and the Accelerator. You can learn more about these programs at cie.calpoly.edu.
  2. Also tell us what entrepreneurial learning opportunity most appeals to you and how this will help you grow your capacity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in your students. This could be discipline specific, such as the Entrepreneurial Journalism Educators Summit, or a general entrepreneurship conference, such as VentureWell Open, or the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference.

An Eye to the Future:
We don't expect you to predict the future in your proposal, as there's no telling where your involvement with the CIE Faculty Fellows may lead. It's likely that ideas will germinate in Year 1 and grow as you engage with others in the CIE Faculty Fellows community. We'll sit down with you and help you develop your ideas for Years 2 and 3. 

Examples of new programs proposed by CIE Faculty Fellows in Years 2, 3 and beyond include 

  • Pitch2Programmers (David Janzen), which engages computer science senior-project students with Hatchery and Accelerator teams, as well as community entrepreneurs
  • Journalism Innovation Challenge (Mary Glick) and Farm to Table Innovation Challenge (Christiane Schroeter) both of which have the potential to spark student engagement with CIE programs
  • Go! Grants (Graham Doig), which supported the spin-out of student innovations developed in the PROVE Lab to Innovation Quest, the Hatchery, and the Accelerator
  • Discipline-specific courses with entrepreneurial content for the Entrepreneurship Minor: Architectural Design Studio (Clare Olsen); Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness (Christiane Schroeter); Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Mary Glick); and BioMedical Entrepreneurship (Bob Crockett)
  • Interdisciplinary curricular collaborations, such as the Integrated Marketing Communications Minor (GrC, JOUR, Marketing) and a cross-listed BUS / COMs course: Solving Big World Challenges (David Askay and Lynn Metcalf)

 Interdisciplinary research collaborations have emerged as well.