University of Southern California

Marshall Professor Named "Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year"
Kathleen Allen Receives Award for Distinguished Leadership
January 10, 2014 • by News at Marshall

On January 10, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) awarded its prestigious 2014 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award 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 USABE 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, James Ellis, dean of the Marshall School, 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 continued. “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.”

Greif Center Co-Director Helena Yli-Renko emphasized Allen’s “significant innovations” in taking the field of entrepreneurship beyond the business school. “She has been a vocal advocate,” Yli-Renko said, “of teaching entrepreneurship to engineers, scientists, medical doctors, and others with non-business backgrounds.”

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 including the leading texts Launching New Ventures and Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers. She works with scientists and engineers to identify markets and applications for their technologies, develop commercialization teams, and prepare to seek funding and has been active in the commercialization of space entrepreneurship and ensuring that broadband is delivered to rural areas.

USASBE is the largest independent, professional, 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.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.