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Preparing tomorrow's leaders – your future depends on them

Expanding the definition of an "entrepreneur"

Ever imagine yourself standing in front of a classroom, sharing your wisdom with the best and the brightest? Good professors make teaching look easy, but the path to an academic career requires serious dedication, a lot of guidance and, in today’s world, a healthy dose of ingenuity.

Fortunately, The University of Texas at Austin’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) consortium helps prepare tomorrow’s faculty members to excel in all areas of academic life: teaching, research, service, mentoring and community engagement.

Started in 1996, IE has enrolled thousands of UT Austin undergrads and graduate students in classes, workshops, internships and other activities. IE enables undergraduates to pursue research they’re passionate about and graduate students to serve as mentors and teachers, preparing them for a future in academia.

Just ask Journalism and Communications Professor Craig Carroll, who earned his Ph.D. at UT Austin and discovered that IE opened doors to some of the country’s most prestigious institutions. 

“Intellectual Entrepreneurship has played a central role in getting every job I have had since graduating from The University of Texas at Austin,” Carroll says, “including faculty positions at the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”

His IE experience still informs everything he does as a professor. And now he can share that wisdom with the next generation’s best and brightest.

Learn more about how UT Austin is Preparing Leaders