Jill was formerly at NYU’s Stern School of Business as Director of Social Entrepreneurship and the Chair for the 30-course MBA specialization in social Innovation and Impact. She is the Founding Director of the Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, the largest academic conference in the field. She has published more than 100 articles in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and her bestselling book, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship has been adopted in over 80 universities. Jill is the Editor of the Social Entrepreneurship Journal and her work on entrepreneurship education has been nationally recognized by Fortune as a Top 10 Innovative Program.
Jill has been awarded the 2022 Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award given by the Academy of ManagementEntrepreneurship Division. This award recognizes long-term contributions to the research, teaching, and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the growth, visibility, and effectiveness of the Entrepreneurship Division. On the teaching side, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) named her the 2017 Educator of the Year Award. This award is given to an individual who has provided distinguished leadership within the field of entrepreneurship education and has contributed substantive advancements to the way in which scholars think about and approach entrepreneurship teaching and learning. Finally, USASBE named her 2023 Longenecker Fellow for academic and service accomplishments to the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.
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Featured: Jill Kickul Showcased on USC News
A profile of KICKUL, professor of clinical entrepreneurship, details how sports helped guide her views and approach to challenges in life early on and have empowered her to champion progress ever since.
Cited: Brittingham Research Featured on See Change
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Marshall Faculty Publications, Awards, and Honors: August 2023
We are proud to highlight the amazing Marshall faculty who have received awards this month for their groundbreaking work.
USC Marshall Alumna Launches an Accessible, Affordable Coworking & Event Space for Dreamers
In this lush new 10,000-square-foot space, Deena Saunders-Green helps foster care alumni and artists monetize their creativity while breaking down stigmas.
New Research Promotes Systems and Design Thinking Frameworks as Key to Social Entrepreneurship Education and Crucial to Social Venture Development Processes
Researchers, including USC Marshall School of Business Professor Jill Kickul, say four mega-themes—innovation, impact, sustainability and scale—form the backbone of entrepreneurship education.
USC Marshall Professor Jill Kickul Receives Highest Recognition at United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference
The Justin G. Longenecker Award recognizes outstanding contributions to small and medium businesses.
Social Entrepreneurship: A Vision for Future Changemakers
Global researchers, students and practitioners convene at the 19th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference at USC to define the next decade of social impact.
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