Koester Receives Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award
Georgetown McDonough Adjunct Professor Eric Koester has received the Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) for providing distinguished leadership in the field of entrepreneurship education.
“Thanks to his bold and experimental approach, Eric Koester is one of the most popular and respected professors at Georgetown, where students from all majors line up to attend his classes. He has influenced entrepreneurship educators from many universities to really rethink how they approach classroom learning,” said USASBE President-Elect Jill Kickul.
Koester teaches a class called Content Entrepreneurship: Book Creation, also known as the Creator Pedagogy, where students write and publish books throughout the span of a semester and a few additional months. Through the course, students experience entrepreneurship by discovering their passion and purpose, then building up their knowledge on the topic by creating a manuscript. Through his enterprise, the Creator Institute, he also works with students across the country to develop their own books.
“Challenging our students to do something amazing is really important,” said Koester upon receiving the award. “This class is coached, not taught, and there’s over 100 people who help these students go on from an idea through the publishing process.”
Previously, Koester’s approach to teaching won Georgetown the 2018 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award, presented by USASBE. At the time, USASBE Senior Vice President of Programming said, “We feel it is important that the organization recognizes the colleges and individuals who create, innovate, and lead the way in building excellence through entrepreneurship education.”
In 2018, USASBE also designated Koester and the Creator Institute as the most innovative program.
“To be the one person USASBE honors as Educator of the Year in Entrepreneurship is a huge accomplishment,” said Jeff Reid, founding director of Georgetown Entrepreneurship. “What he has done is taken a program that started here and spread it all over the country, and so it’s great for Georgetown to be a leader in that space.”