Coleman Fellows

2018-2019 Call For Fellows Applications

All SLU full-time faculty are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. New for 2018,, this includes faculty from the Madrid Campus and the Business School. Fellows receive $2500 for the school year to develop and implement (in close collaboration with Project Director Jerome Katz) projects which advance self-employment education and strengthen the SLU's efforts to grow Entrepreneurship education across campus. The Fellows Program will also pay all expenses for Fellows to attend the Experiential Classroom in late September in order to get an in-depth introduction to teaching entrepreneurship (often called by attendees "Like drinking from a fire hose"). 

The Foundation expects that Fellows will maintain an ongoing connection to the Entrepreneurship program at their university. The kinds of activities typical of Fellows include:

  • Creating modules on entrepreneurship (i.e. self-employment) related topic to include in existing courses at undergraduate or graduate levels. SLU examples have been modules on contracting and intellectual property protection for fine arts students, invention commercialization in engineering courses, and marketing and pricing modules for food products in Nutrition & Dietetics courses.  
  • Creating new courses that embody significant material on entrepreneurship and self-employment, such as a capstone course where Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates create a business plan.
  • Developing new academic programs, majors, minors or degrees such as the undergraduate program in Food, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or graduate programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship or Entrepreneurship Law.
  • Creating new experiential or co-curricular activities that embody and promote entrepreneurial thought and action among students, including programs providing quality time with business owners, mentorships, internships, incubation/acceleration efforts, entrepreneur alumni engagement, entrepreneurs-in-residence, opportunities to practice applied skills, clubs, outreach to St. Louis' entrepreneurial ecosystem (e.g. T-Rex, CIC, Venture Cafe, etc.). Campus examples include the Weekly Innovation Challenge, the Elevator Pitch Competition, and the Tinker Lab.
  • If you have ideas for a Fellowship, please first contact the Fellows Program Director, Jerome (Jerry) Katz by email ( to discuss. Final submissions require only one paragraph from the prospective Fellow explaining what will be done, and an email of support from their department chair or dean. Please note the participation requirements for all Fellows below. Deadline for submission is June 5, 2018.

If Your Are Already a Coleman Fellow

Prior of current Coleman Fellows are invited to submit for Veteran Fellow Status for the upcoming school year. Veteran Fellows receive $1000 for the year to refine, extend, or continue their work related to entrepreneurship and self-employment. Preference will be for people who are adding new courses/co-curriculars or making major revamps of existing activities. Fellows who are looking to revitalize their entrepreneurship efforts are encouraged to apply. Previous Fellows can also be considered for a new $2500 award if they are undertaking a major new effort related to self-employment in their programs. 

There will be room for three Veteran Fellows to go to the Experiential Classroom this year. Preference will be given to those who are funded and haven’t gone before. For those who have some travel money to blow, the Fellows Program can offer “scholarships” to split the cost 50-50 with you. The total cost is about $1500.

Participation Requirements For All Fellows

All Fellows receiving funding for are required to (1) Attend monthly one-hour WebEx national calls (a.k.a. Coffee Cup Sessions typically held Friday at 10am) to find out what other schools are doing, get training on techniques to use in your classes and discuss what is happening with the other SLU Fellows, (2) Post to the website your before-and-after syllabi, program notes, or details of the work you've done as a Fellow, as well as complete mid-year and end-of-year surveys, (3) As noted above, new Fellows will also need to attend the Experiential Classroom in September. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jerome Katz
Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Background on the Coleman Fellows

The Coleman Fellows are faculty from across the campus at Saint Louis University who are infusing their courses and academic programs with entrepreneurship training and education for their students. Following the idea of the Coleman Foundation, they promote entrepreneurship as self-employment through business ownership which has significant elements of risk, control and reward. The Foundation awards grants to Fellows to develop and deploy these entrepreneurship materials, and offers several venues where the faculty can share and promote their efforts. 

Today there are more than 200 Fellows at more than two dozen campuses across the US. They represent nearly every discipline found in the modern university. SLU's own Fellows and their first years in the program are given below:

Coleman Fellows

You can also learn more about the program by visiting its website at

Purpose and Rationale

The purpose of the Fellows program is to continue the development of The Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellows Network; a community of practice comprised of cross-campus champions of entrepreneurship education; and support emerging entrepreneurs. Towards this goal, the Coleman Foundation intends to fund Fellowships to enhance the teaching and practice of entrepreneurship in the academic and community settings. Coleman Fellows will advance entrepreneurship and self-employment education and strengthen Project Director's efforts to institutionalize entrepreneurship and support the growth of emerging entrepreneurs.