Three faculty members coordinate the program, present the courses, and coach the consulting teams. They are assisted by several outstanding subject matter experts from South Africa. Faculty members include:
Professor of the Practice
McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business
Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Michael Morris, a scholar of entrepreneurship, is a faculty member of the McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs. He has authored 13 books, 24 book chapters, and more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He co-edits the Prentice-Hall Entrepreneurship Series and is editor emeritus of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.
A pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning, Morris has built three university entrepreneurship programs that have been ranked in the top 10 in the United States and earned global recognition for excellence. Morris also is the founder and director of the Experiential Classroom, a clinic that shares best practices in entrepreneurship education with faculty from around the globe.
Morris has worked to bring entrepreneurship empowerment to those operating under conditions of adversity, and this commitment is reflected in his research, teaching, and community engagement efforts. He has launched major poverty initiatives in Syracuse, New York; and Gainesville, Florida; designed a magnet program in entrepreneurship at an underserved high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma; created the National Disabled Veterans Entrepreneurship Program; and annually coordinates the Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa Program.
Morris is a past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He has been awarded the Edwin & Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Management’s Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award. A former Fulbright Scholar, Morris was named a top 20 entrepreneurship professor by Fortune Small Business, and received the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for impacting private enterprise education. USASBE recognized him as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year in 2012. He earned a PhD in marketing from Virginia Tech in 1983.
Jamie J. Kraft
Director, Entrepreneurship Program
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center
Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
Jamie Kraft came to the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the University of Florida from Deloitte Consulting where he spent several years as a management consultant focusing primarily on economic performance evaluation, competitive assessment and strategic development for clients in the manufacturing and consumer products industries. He graduated from the University of Arizona with an undergraduate degree in microbiology and from the University of Florida as a Matherly Scholar with a master’s degree in business administration specializing in finance, operations management, and business strategy. Before joining the Center, Kraft spent one year in Paris studying the French language. He has served as the instructor for an undergraduate New Venture Creation course focusing on technology commercialization and currently manages the Entrepreneurship Case Lecture Series as well as the Global Entrepreneurship Study Program.
Entrepreneurship Scholar in Residence
Deming Center for Entrepreneurship
Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder
Mueller is the Entrepreneurship Scholar in Residence at the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as one of 12 children. He attended college at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, earning a BBA degree. He also holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Erick started his career with DOT First Aid & Safety, where he was promoted from a student intern to vice president. He helped the organization grow from $2.2 million in annual sales to over $5 million in two years. He has founded four companies, enjoying the ride and successfully selling one. One company was a flaming failure, from which countless lessons were learned. He founded Vision, Co, a corporate training and consulting organization. He was then vice president of sales for Achieve.com, an interactive educational web service. He created the new selling process and led it from zero customers to over 10,000. In 2002, he co-founded and was vice president of marketing & sales for Real Measure, a computer-based instrumentation business. Erick next co-founded EyeThink Corporation and is currently co-founder and vice president of marketing & sales for Funovation, a company that sells laser maze ventures around the world In addition, he is a clinical professor in entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, where he’s been recognized as the highest rated Professor in the College. In 2006, he served an appointment as Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.