The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship awarded its 2014 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award on Jan. 10 to USC Marshall School of Business Professor Kathleen Allen.
The award is given to “an entrepreneurship educator who has provided distinguished leadership in the field and contributed greatly to the way scholars think about and approach entrepreneurship teaching and learning.” In bestowing the award, the association award committee cited the number of books and publications Allen has contributed to the field and highlighted her work on the forefront of technology commercialization.
In nominating Allen for the award, USC Marshall Dean James G. Ellis acknowledged that Allen, a USC professor for more than 20 years, has significantly contributed to the “national and international dialogue on entrepreneurship education.”
“Dr. Allen has been instrumental in building our curriculum [and] spearheading our university’s earliest interdisciplinary efforts in entrepreneurial education,” Ellis said. “It is impossible to have a conversation with Dr. Allen without recognizing her immense, sincere and deep commitment to both the educational experience and to entrepreneurship education as a whole.”
Helena Yli-Renko, co-director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, emphasized Allen’s “significant innovations” in taking the field of entrepreneurship beyond the business school.
“She has been a vocal advocate of teaching entrepreneurship to engineers, scientists, medical doctors and others with nonbusiness backgrounds,” Yli-Renko said.
Allen, also a founding director of the Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization, is the author more than 15 books in the field of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. She works with scientists and engineers to identify markets and applications for their technologies, develop commercialization teams and prepare to seek funding. She also has been active in the commercialization of space entrepreneurship and ensuring that broadband is delivered to rural areas.
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship is the largest independent, professional and academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. It is presently comprised of more than 1,000 member institutions, including primarily, but not exclusively, universities and colleges.