In addition to a strong core faculty, the DFP offers students the opportunity to interact with affiliated faculty through elective courses, entrepreneurial workshops and joint creative projects.
Professor of Practice, WFU Schools of Business
Director, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Polly Black teaches Entrepreneurship and is Faculty Advisor for the Internships and Independent studies. Ms. Black also directs the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, a position she assumed at the end of August 2010. In this position, Ms. Black has responsibility for the experiential learning side of the Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minor at Wake Forest, which includes being Faculty Advisor for the Internships and Independent studies and working with WFU Student Entrepreneurs on their ventures, as well as overseeing the coordination of workshops and co-curricular events, managing the seed grant awards.
Black has a strong marketing track record in start-up, turnaround and growth situations. She brings over twenty years of diverse business experience as a successful consultant and entrepreneur, as well as corporate experience with HanesBrands, Inc. and Frito Lay, and teaching and coaching experience at the University of Virginia Darden School and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Pat H. Dickson
Associate Professor, WFU Schools of Business
Director, Business and Enterprise Management
Pat H. Dickson is an associate professor and director of the Business and Enterprise Management degree program in the Schools of Business at Wake Forest University. He has also served as a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship on the faculties of Georgia Tech and the University of Louisville. Prior to earning his PhD in 1997 from the University of Alabama, Pat spent fifteen years as an entrepreneur, co-founding companies in the automotive parts and service industry and as a corporate executive serving as Director of Franchising for a regional retail and manufacturing company in the same industry.
Pat is currently a Fellow and President of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and a Board Member of the International Council for Small Business. Dickson has two areas of unique expertise: New venture creation—including opportunity assessment, resource acquisition, technology commercialization and the strategic management of new ventures. He also has a specific expertise regarding strategic alliances—including formation and structure and the use of alliances for resource acquisition, technology transfer and internationalization. His research has appeared in top journals in the management and entrepreneurship fields and has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Research by the Academy of Management and the National Federation of Independent Business.
D. Stokes Piercy
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Communication
Piercy, a media artist with roots in Appalachia, graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. Upon his graduation, Stokes began to pursue his interest in filmmaking which garnered him various awards from film and art festivals throughout the country. Since 2003, Stokes has directed, composed, written, and edited fourteen films and has been awarded Most Original Concept and Best Cinematography at the Handheld Film Festival. In 2008, Stokes obtained his M.F.A. in Media Arts from the University of Tennessee where he also spent time as a graduate teaching assistant in the Media Art Department. For the past three years, Stokes has worked as a lecturer in the Communication Department at the University of Tampa teaching courses in cinema, screenwriting, and sound design. While in Tampa, Stokes gained professional experience as an assistant director at both the Black Box Film Festival and Media Arts Showcase.
Department of Art
Joel is an artist and filmmaker who received his M.F.A. in Art from Art Center College of Design and his B.A. in Art History and Sculpture from Yale University. His work has been shown in solo art exhibitions at a number of locations, including Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in L.A. and Galerie Adamski in Berlin and Aachen, Germany. He has been included in numerous group art exhibitions including the 2004 and 2008 California Biennials at the Orange County Museum of Art; The Gravity in Art at the De Appel Centre For Contemporary Art in Amsterdam; and Still Things Fall From the Sky at the California Museum of Photography. Film Festivals include the Sedona International Film Festival, San Francisco Documentary Festival, and the Downtown Film Festival – Los Angeles, where his movie, Sick-Amour, was awarded Best Green Film.