DeKALB – A major gift from longtime Northern Illinois University supporters Dennis and Stacey Barsema has established the Barsema Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship to help the NIU Department of Management 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," Dennis Barsema, a 1977 management alumnus of the college, said in a news release. "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.”
The inaugural Barsema Professor of Social Entrepreneurship was awarded to Christine Mooney, an 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," Mooney said in the release. "I’m grateful to the Barsemas for having confidence and faith in my research. 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,” Balaji Rajagopalan, Dean, NIU College of Business, said in the release. “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."
The NIU College of Business has 22 externally supported faculty professorships.