Jim Dever

Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur in Residence
Jim Dever

EMAIL: jdever@jimmoranschool.fsu.edu
PHONE: 850-644-7894

ACADEMIC SPECIALTY: Entrepreneurship

Ph.D., University of Strathclyde
B.S. and MBA, Florida State University

Start Ups
Business Planning

James E. (Jim) Dever is an entrepreneur who retired at the age of 41, and at the age of 50, in 2001, returned to college in order to obtain the bachelor’s degree he never completed in the 1960s. In July of 2009, he completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His thesis was entitled An Analysis of the Antecedents and Consequences of Entrepreneurial Failure on the Portfolio Entrepreneur.” He brings a wealth of practical entrepreneurial experience to The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship having owned and operated many successful businesses during his 20 year entrepreneurial career. Those businesses included trucking companies, motels, restaurants, a construction company, and other assorted ventures. A Fulbright scholar, Dever completed the bachelor’s degree in 2003 and the MBA in 2004, at Florida State University. While a master’s student, he wrote a research proposal concerning entrepreneurship in the former Soviet Union and outlined a course plan for teaching entrepreneurship in Central Asia. For this effort, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholars Award. Dever brings both a practical and academic approach to entrepreneurial learning.

Jim Dever – Vitae (PDF)


Book Review: Sara McGaughey, Narratives of Internationalisation: Legitimacy, Standards And Portfolio Entrepreneurs. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Published in International Small Business Journal v. 26 no. 6 (December 2008) p. 759-61

Improving University Teaching International Conference “College Student Metamorphosis: What Can Instructors Do To Keep Up?” Paper received the Bill and Ginny McKeachie Award – Glasgow, Scotland (July 25, 2008)

Improving University Teaching “Developing a Summer Institute in Entrepreneurship Connecting Community and Education” Jaen, Spain Co-author (July 2007)

Award-winning conference paper published in the selected papers from the Eighteenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning – “Cheating: Managing the Classroom for Honest Results”, Jacksonville, FL Co-author (April 2007)

Caspian Business News – Almaty, Kazakhstan – Branding, Values, and Business Growth (April 2006)

Caspian Business News – Almaty, Kazakhstan – Entrepreneurship and Kazakhstan: Observations by a Fulbright Scholar (December 2005)

Caspian Business News – Almaty, Kazakhstan – Empowerment: The Key to Successful Business Development (December 2005)


Book Chapter: “Entrepreneurial Failure” – Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice & Policy. Work was published by Pearson Education Limited under the editorship of Sara Carter, University of Strathclyde and Dylan Jones-Evans of University of Wales.


Recipient of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship for 2005 – 2006 granting a Lecturing/Research award in Entrepreneurship. Award allowed a four-month stay in Kazakhstan teaching in the MBA program at Kazakhstan Institute of Management (September 2005)

Recipient of the University Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2013. This is a program which recognizes faculty for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Recipients must be outstanding in the many aspects of teaching which contribute to successful teaching and learning. This is a student-oriented award with nominations submitted by students and alumni.

Recipient of the Seminole Leadership Award for 2012. It is awarded to a faculty member who is responsible for major contributions to the University through service to students. This award is presented to those candidates who have an exemplary attitude toward students, who are enthusiastic about working with students, and who extend themselves to help students. This award is based on service beyond the responsibilities of their job description, teaching, and research. (April 2012)

Recipient of the Dempsey Barron Leadership Award and the Outstanding Graduate in Business Administration – Florida State University Panama City Campus (May 2004)


Married to the same wonderful lady, Fay, for 46 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My joy and my passion is being able to work with our students in the Entrepreneurship program in the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. When my students find achievements in their life, I am happy, knowing that we did all we could do to help them be successful.