Schenkel Honored with Prestigious Longenecker Fellowship

Dr. Mark Schenkel
Dr. Mark Schenkel

Belmont Entrepreneuship Professor Mark Schenkel was recently recognized by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) as a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow. Schenkel is one of only now 84 Longenecker Fellows who have “made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance and benefit of small and medium businesses.”

Founded in 1981, USASBE is a national organization whose stated mission is advancing entrepreneurship education through bold teaching, scholarship and practice.

“For nearly two decades, Dr. Schenkel’s role in research, teaching, building outstanding programming and his unwavering advocacy for start-up and small business development has led to his expertise and made him a leader in the field of entrepreneurship education,” said Eric Liguori, immediate past-president for USASBE. “His recognition as a Longenecker Fellow serves as the culmination of the respect and admiration he has earned from his peers in his field.”

“I am absolutely honored to be recognized as a Longenecker Fellow,” said Schenkel. “It is truly humbling to join the ranks of the Fellows group, many of whose work I’ve long admired and had the privilege of working alongside over the years. They represent some of the very best scholars and educators leading the field of entrepreneurship around the world.”

Schenkel, who has served on the faculty at Belmont since 2005, has been the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Belmont University Scholarship Award in 2019. The University recognized his teaching in 2014 as its nominee for the U.S. Professors of the Year, Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Award Nominee. Outside the University, he currently serves as associate editor at the Journal of Small Business Management and on a number of national and local boards.