NIU is pleased to announce a major gift from longtime supporters Dennis (’77, B.S., management) and Stacey Barsema to establish the Barsema Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship.
The professorship, created by the Barsemas, will assist the NIU Department of Management to recruit and retain excellent faculty and enrich the social entrepreneurship culture.
“Solving social issues such as poverty, universal access to education and global warming, is a critical priority for this century. Solving social issues through the innovation and creativity of students is paramount to a successful world. We are proud that NIU has world-class faculty dedicated toward the education and motivation of our students in the field of social entrepreneurship and responsibility. Stacey and I are honored to support Dr. Mooney in her teaching and research in this all-important field,” said Dennis Barsema.
The inaugural Barsema Professor of Social Entrepreneurship was awarded to Dr. Christine Mooney, associate professor in the Management Department. Mooney’s research interests are diverse and broad, including executive succession and interim leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, and social enterprise and impact investing.
“Being named the Barsema Professor of Social Entrepreneurship is truly an honor. I’m grateful to the Barsemas for having confidence and faith in my research,” said Mooney. “This professorship will allow me to devote more time to my research as well as help students with their social entrepreneurial pursuits.”
“Supporting faculty excellence is a top priority,” said Balaji Rajagopalan, dean, NIU College of Business. “A curriculum informed by research in areas like social entrepreneurship is critical for preparing students to lead in shaping a better future for generations to come. This professorship provides the impetus to allow faculty like Dr. Mooney to pursue an active research agenda and bring that knowledge to the classroom,” said Rajagopalan.
The NIU College of Business has 22 externally supported faculty professorships.