Bruce Kingma

Professor of Entrepreneurship | Director of Undergraduate Programs
316 Hinds Hall
Bruce Kingma

Bruce Kingma is a leading educator and researcher in entrepreneurship, economic development, online education, and the economics of information, library science, and nonprofit management. He is a Professor of Entrepreneurship with joint appointments in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is the former Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2007-13) and the former Associate Dean of the iSchool (2000-07). Professor Kingma has held academic appointments at Syracuse University, the University of Texas at El Paso, Victoria University of Wellington, The University of British Columbia, Case Western Reserve University, The University at Albany, and Texas A&M University.

Provost Kingma transformed entrepreneurship education at Syracuse University to focus on helping students, veterans, faculty, and community members start ventures. He worked with faculty across campus to create experiential, discipline-focused programs in entrepreneurship education. This Syracuse Model of experiential-focused entrepreneurship education increased annual enrollments in e-courses to over 7,500 students; produced over 100 new student ventures annually; and resulted in a top-ten national ranking in entrepreneurship education in Forbes, US News, The Princeton Review, Entrepreneur Magazine, Bloomberg, and Businessweek. In 2012, President Obama invited Provost Kingma to speak at the White House for a national summit on entrepreneurship education.

Provost Kingma led the Syracuse University Scholarship in Action initiatives connecting the campus to the community in economic development. Scholarship in Action programs raised over $350m in funding for The Near West Side Initiative; The Connective Corridor; The South Side Innovation Center; The Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems Innovation; The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans; The Kauffman Campus Initiative; and The JP Morgan Chase Syracuse University Partnership.

Professor Kingma has received numerous awards including

  • The Deshpande Foundation Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship
  • The Leavey Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education from the Freedoms Foundation
  • The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • The Community Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from Syracuse University
  • The Excellence in Distance Education Award from the American Distance Education Consortium
  • The Excellence in Online Education Award from the Sloan Foundation
  • Academy of Management Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award (finalist)
  • Association of Business Communications Distinction in the Practice of Diversity and Communications (finalist)

Nine faculty and staff members that were part of Provost Kingma’s team received The Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence.

Professor Kingma is the founder of the award winning Syracuse Student Sandbox, an incubator, accelerator, and curriculum that helps students in Upstate New York start ventures. He is founder of the Global Sandbox, an innovative partnership between universities in China, India, Kenya, Ukraine, and Syracuse University that supports students from around the world starting global micro-multinational ventures.

Professor Kingma is the founder of the award winning WISE Consortium—the first international consortium of universities in online education. In 2002, Syracuse University and 12 other universities from around the globe came together to share online courses, pedagogy, and training for online education in information science.


Professor Kingma has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester and a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. His research includes publications on the economics of information, libraries, and technology; entrepreneurship; and online education.

Selected Publications

“University-wide Entrepreneurship Education.” Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth. Edited by Sherry Hoskinson and Donald Kuratko. (2014) (with Natalie Antal, Duncan Moore, and Deborah Streeter)

“Creating a Dynamic Campus-Community Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Key Characteristics of Success.”Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth: Academic Entrepreneurship, Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Edited by Andrew C Corbett, Jerome A Katz, and Donald S Siegel. (2014).

“Religion, Entrepreneurship, Income and Employment.” International Journal of Social Sciences and Management. Vol. 1: 1 (2014). (with Ryan Yeung)

“Lib-Value: Values, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries, Phase III: ROI of the Syracuse University Library.” College & Research Libraries (forthcoming 2014). (with Kathleen McClure)

“The Kauffman Campuses Initiative Impact in Central New York: Building the Campus-Community Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through Scholarship in Action.” Entrepreneurship Education Comes of Age on Campus. (2013).  (with Nancy Cantor)

EDA University Center Summit for Supporting Student Startups. Syracuse, New York. (June 2012).

“Web-Based Information Science Education: Leveraging the Power of the Network to Re-Define the Global Classroom.” Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models and Practices. Edited by Melody Bowdon and Russell G. Carpenter. (2011) 164-181. IGI Global. (with Kathleen Schisa, Anne McKinney, Debbie Faires, Rae Anne Montague, Linda C. Smith, and Marianne Sterna)

“WISE Economics: ROI of Quality and Consortiums.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. Vol. 51:1 (2010): 43- (with Kathleen Schisa).

EDA University Center Summit for Supporting Student Startups. Edited. Syracuse, New York. (June 2012).

Academic Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement. Edited. Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. (August 2011).

“WISE Economics: ROI of Quality and Consortiums.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. Vol. 51:1 (2010): 43- (with Kathleen Schisa).

“The Economics of Digital Access: The Early Canadiana Online Project.” Economics and usage of digital libraries: byting the bullet. Edited by Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason and Wendy Pradt Lougee (2008). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

“The Economics of Learner Centered Online Education.” World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council. (2008) (with Kathleen Schisa)

“An Analysis of the Virtual Classroom: Does Size Matter? Do Residencies Make a Difference? Should you Hire that Instructional Designer?” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. Vol. 47:2 (2006): 127-143 (with Stacey Keefe).

Assessing Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery Services. With Mary Jackson, Tom Delany. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries (2004).

The Economics of Information: A Guide to Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis for Information Professionals. Second Edition. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. (January 2001).

“An Accurate Measurement of the Crowd Out Effect, Income Effect and Price Effect for Charitable Contributions.” Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 97:5 (October 1989): 1197-1207.

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As Associate Provost (2007-2012) Kingma received the prestigious Leavey Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education (2011), the Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency University Center Award (2011), and helped raise Syracuse University national rankings in entrepreneurship education to top-ten status in Bloomberg/Businessweek (#2), Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine (#4), US News (#8), and Best Colleges Online (#3). He has represented Syracuse University at entrepreneurship events including those at The White House and The Kauffman Foundation.

Programs started under Professor Kingma’s tenure as Associate Provost include the Raymond von Dran Innovation and Disruptive Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, the Near West Side Initiative, the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, StartUp New York, Engagement Fellows, the Connective Corridor, and the Janklow Arts Leadership Program among others. Programs that experienced significant reorganization and growth under Professor Kingma include the South Side Innovation Center, the South Side Initiative; the New York State Business Plan Competition; The Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Women’s Business Center; the Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Club; and the Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Learning Community.

As Associate Dean (2000-2007) Bruce Kingma served as the Chief Operating Officer of the iSchool. Professor Kingma’s contribution was to focus the school on academic quality with innovative programs such as the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) consortium. WISE is one of only two programs to have received both the prestigious Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning and the prestigious American Distance Education Consortium National Award for Excellence in Distance Education. Kingma’s focus on online education helped double graduate enrollment in distance education at the iSchool, making it the largest graduate online program at Syracuse University and the only college-based program with New York State institutional accreditation in distance learning.


IST 466 – Professional Issues in Information Management

IST 444 – Information Reporting and Presentation

GET 234 – Effective Collaboration in a Globally Distributed Environment

EEE 400 – Entrepreneurial Leadership

EEE 110 – Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship


2000-Present: Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kingma Inc. has provided consulting on entrepreneurship education (Kingma Consulting) to over 50 universities and interior design services (Kingma Interiors) to over 100 clients.

2011-2013: Founder and President, Syracuse Ideas Inc. an umbrella organization for faculty and student ventures.

2002-2007: Founder and Director, Web-based Information Science Education.

1995-2000: Founder and Director, Guilderland Youth Basketball Club, a community nonprofit organization serving over 300 children ages 5-13.