She will be recognized at the April 17 Faculty Awards ceremony at UNCG, and she will receive the award during the May Commencement ceremony.
She is one of 17 award recipients, who represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities as well as the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
‘Just get out there and do it.’ This is the demand of Dr. Dianne Welsh, the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism.
The sheer number of students and faculty that Dr. Welsh has inspired with this notion is staggering. The idea of practicing and using what she professes to her students resonates throughout her teaching and scholarship. She has spent a career empowering students, faculty, and budding entrepreneurs to engage, explore, take risks, and believe in their own ideas. Through her work, Dr. Welsh champions the interdisciplinary, collaborative work that embodies entrepreneurship. Her students succeed. In her courses, students directly engage business leaders to learn first-hand how the dynamic world of business operates. Through her guidance, students graduate with real world experiences as innovative problem solvers; they start businesses that connect them with their community.
As the architect of the Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program – a program that consists of over fifty courses in twenty-seven different departments at both the undergraduate and graduate level – Welsh has bridged the campus by facilitating communication, instruction, and engagement across disverse disciplines. Whether it is through her teaching and training students, or mentoring faculty, who have won prestigious Coleman Foundation fellowships to develop novel means of instructing the next generation of entrepreneurs, Welsh has become synonymous with the entrepreneurial movement at UNCG.
Her influence extends nationally and internationally as well. Dr. Welsh shares her success and expertise with other colleges and universities nationally and worldwide, to promote and establish new programs in entrepreneurship. For her work, Dr. Welsh has won the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation and the Deshpande Foundation Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship. As one of her former students put it best: ‘(Her) teaching does not end in the classroom- the entire world is fertile land to plant the seeds for education… I’m grateful that she has been a dedicated mentor in making sure that I continue the never-ceasing quest for knowledge .”
Welsh received her B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, her M.S. in Psychology from Emporia State University, and her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. She joined UNCG in 2008 as the Hayes Distinguished Professor of the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.