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CRAIG WATTERS

CRAIG WATTERS

School of Entrepreneurship
Associate Clinical Professor and Executive Director, School Entrepreneurship

343 BUSINESS BLDG
STILLWATER, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-7546

craig.watters@okstate.edu

Biography

Craig Watters joins the School of Entrepreneurship as the Norman C. Stevenson Chair in School of Entrepreneurship in Entrepreneurship, beginning Fall 2011. Craig is an accomplished scholar, educator, entrepreneur, manager, and economic developer. He comes to OSU from the top-ranked entrepreneurship program at Syracuse University, where he has led of portfolio of educational and community engagement initiatives. He has worked with faculty across an array of disciplines on curriculum development and outreach programs related to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Craig helped conceptualize and launch the highly successful South Side Entrepreneurial Connect Project, which has contributed to the transformation of an economically-challenged inner city community. He has served as assistant dean for advancement in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse, and director of its economic stimulus center, the I-Launch Pad. His research and community work led to his nomination for an economic development award from Senator Hillary Clinton in 2003 and travel to Ireland as part of Clinton's trade mission in 2002.

A former manager at General Electric and the Syracuse Research Corporation, Craig has extensive experience in project management and contracts administration. In addition to his corporate experience, Craig has launched two successful ventures. His recent publications include "Inner City Engagement and the University: Interaction, Emergence & Transformation," Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, (2011). Craig holds bachelor's, master's of science and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University. His dissertation examined the impact of infrastructure on economic development in rural areas.

Education

  • Ph D, Syracuse University, Social Science, 2005
  • MS, Syracuse University, Information Resource Management, 1993
  • BA, Syracuse University, Economics/English, 1983

Publications

  • Craig Watters, Tony Kang, and Choo. (2014). "Design for experiencing: Participatory design approach with multidisciplinary perspectives". Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Craig Watters, Choo, and Kang. (2014). "Participatory design: Multidiscipline co-design by graphic design, interior design and entrepreneurship students". New Orleans, LA: Environmental Design Research Association.
  • Michael H. Morris, Craig Watters, and M. Schindehutte. (2011). "Inner City Engagement and the University: Mutuality, Emergence, & Transformation". Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.

Presentations

  • Assessing Impact of a Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute for Entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa: A Phenomenological Study”
    AIAEE Conference
    Trinidad and Tobago - 2019
  • The Failure of Mentoring
    GCEC
    Nova Scotia, Canada - October 2017
  • What Did Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs in Nicaragua Recognize as Business Opportunities? - Using Photovoice as a Data Collection Tool
    AAAE
    2016
  • Opportunity Recognition
    OSU Research Symposium
    2016
  • Social Entrepreneurship through Service Learning and case Example in Latin America
    US Assn for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference
    USASBE
    San Diego, CA - 2016
  • Using Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory to Teach Social Entrepreneurship Concepts through an Appropriate Technology Relevant in Developing Countries
    US Assn for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference
    USASBE
    San Diego, CA - 2016
  • Sources of successor commitment to take over: Exploring family resilience
    International Family Enterprise Research Academy
    Bogota, Columbia - June 2016
  • Assessment of a Professional Fellows Program to Empower Entrepreneurs for Success on Sub-Saharan Africa
    Association for International Agriculture and Extension Education Annual Conference
    2015
  • Entrepreneurship: A GEM of an Idea
    National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education 2015
    Oklahoma City, OK - 2015
  • Microfinance: Teach It
    US Assn for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference
    USASBE
    Tampa, FL - 2015
  • Designing entrepreneurial learning around an emerging approach to development: Econutrition as a food systems innovation
    Association for International Agriculture and Extension Education
    2014
  • Design for experiencing: Participatory design approach with multidisciplinary perspectives
    2014
  • Participatory design: Multidiscipline co-design by graphic design, interior design and entrepreneurship students
    Environmental Design Research Association
    New Orleans, LA - 2014
  • Entrepreneurship in the World
    University of Technology Conference
    University of Technology
    Jamaica - 2014

Editorial and Review Activities

  • AASAR Academy of Scientific and Applied Research
    Editorial Board Member
    October 2014
  • Journal of Arts, Science and Technology
    Editorial Board Member
    September 2014
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2014 - 2015
  • Infopreneurship
    Editorial Board Member
    October 2012 - October 2015
  • Bioenergy and Biomass Conversion, Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.
    Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2013 - 2014
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2013

Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

  • Mandela Washington
    IREX Mandela Washington Fellows Program
    January 15 2018 - August 15 2018
  • Mandela Washington Fellowship: An Entrepreneurship Institute at OSU
    IREX Mandela Washington Fellows Program
    January 15 2017 - August 15 2017
  • ECA Professional Fellows Program
    Dept of State Bureau of ECA
    2013 - 2015
  • USBBA
    Marketing for Vets with Disabilities
    June 1 2014 - May 31 2015
  • OCAS
    Entrepreneurs Bootcamp - Oklahoma Inventors Assistance Program (ENGR is Prime)
    July 1 2013 - June 30 2014
  • USBBA
    Marketing for VEP
    June 1 2013 - May 31 2014

Academic, Military, and Professional Positions

  • School of Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University, International Entrepreneurship Chair, July 2017
  • Oklahoma State University, Associate Clinical Professor and Executive Director, School Entrepreneurship, 2014
  • Innoventure, LLC, President, 2010
  • Oklahoma State University, Norman C. Stevenson Chair in Entrepreneurship, July 2014 - June 2019
  • Oklahoma State University, Associate Clinical Professor and Interim Director, School Entrepreneurship, June 2011 - 2014
  • Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, Assistant Professor, 2007 - 2011
  • Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, Syracuse University, Acting Director, 2004 - 2007
  • Syracuse University, Mentor, Researcher, Faculty, 1999 - 2006
  • Syracuse University, Research Faculty, 2000 - 2004
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Visiting Scientist, 2001 - 2003
  • Syracuse University, Director of Development/Assistant Dean for Advancement, 1999 - 2003
  • Syracuse University, Senior Instructor, 1999 - 2003
  • Syracuse University, Adjunct, 1995 - 2003
  • Syracuse University, Lecturer/Facilitator, 1998 - 1999
  • Syracuse University, Teaching Consultant, 1998 - 1999
  • CW Government Contracting, Syracuse NY, Lecturer, 1997 - 1999
  • Syracuse University, Lecturer, 1997 - 1999
  • Syracuse Research Corporation, Contracts Officer, 1989 - 1994
  • General Electric Co., Syracuse NY, Senior Contracts Specialist, 1978 - 1989

Courses Taught

  • EEE 4010 (26 Semesters)
  • EEE 4403 (6 Semesters)
  • EEE 5200 (20 Semesters)
  • EEE 5403 (24 Semesters)
  • BADM 4093 (4 Semesters)
  • EEE 4090 (1 Semester)
  • EEE 4703 (10 Semesters)
  • EEE 5090 (2 Semesters)
  • EEE 5610 (9 Semesters)
  • EEE 5703 (7 Semesters)
  • EEE 4080 (3 Semesters)
  • EEE 4610 (19 Semesters)
  • EEE 3090 (1 Semester)
  • EEE 3403 (19 Semesters)
  • EEE 5080 (2 Semesters)
  • BADM 5093 (1 Semester)
  • BHON 4990 (1 Semester)
  • EEE 5113 (4 Semesters)
  • EEE 5493 (1 Semester)
  • EEE 3023 (3 Semesters)

Non-Credit Instruction Taught

  • Governor's Exec Development Prgm, July 28 2014 - July 29 2014