Undergraduate Catalog

Entrepreneurial Innovation

Kenneth H. Pierce Faculty Fellow and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship: Samir Parikh

Lewis & Clark's Center for Entrepreneurship is a creative hub that invites students, faculty, alumni, mentors, and influential professionals into meaningful collaborations. Our entrepreneurial students have a passion for innovation and strive to be intellectual leaders. To help them in this endeavor, the center offers a host of academic and cocurricular activities that enable students to identify problems, invent solutions, and realize the real-world impact of a liberal arts education.

Faculty

Kellar Autumn. Professor of biology. Physiology, biomechanics, evolution of animal locomotion. PhD 1995 University of California at Berkeley. BA 1988 University of California at Santa Cruz.

Brian Detweiler-Bedell. Professor of psychology. Social psychology, statistics. PhD 2001, MPhil 2000, MS 1998 Yale University. MA 1995, BA 1994 Stanford University.

Steven Goebel. Assistant dean and director of the Business Law Program. Business principles for lawyers. JD 2005 Lewis & Clark Law School. BA 1980 University of Cincinnati.

Michael Olich. Associate professor of theatre. Design. MFA 1975 Carnegie Mellon University. BA 1973 St. Patrick’s College.

Samir Parikh. Associate professor of law, academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Banking law and regulation, bankruptcy, business associations. JD 2001 University of Michigan. BBA 1997 University of Miami.

Bryan R. Sebok. Associate professor of rhetoric and media studies, chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Media Studies. Communication technology and society, film and video aesthetic theory and methods, media organizations. PhD 2007 University of Texas at Austin. MA 2002 Emory University. BA 1999 North Carolina State University.

Amelia J. Wilcox. Assistant professor with term of psychology. PhD 1992 California School of Professional Psychology. MS 1986 Dominican College. BA 1981 Lewis & Clark College.

Courses

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EINV 201 Cases in Entrepreneurial Thinking & Practice

Faculty: Goebel
Content: Case-based introduction to key principles of entrepreneurial thinking and practice. Entrepreneurship and innovation are presented as a process of creative problem-solving and value creation that individuals and organizations have successfully applied to a wide variety of markets and social and institutional challenges. Students will be introduced to the case method, and case analysis will be used to understand how entrepreneurs reframe problems, recognize opportunities, and create value by implementing and sustaining their innovative solutions.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 2.

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EINV 211 Introduction to Curatorial Affairs in the Visual Arts

Faculty: Tesner
Content: Introduction and examination of issues surrounding the role of an art curator. With emphasis on field trips, guest speakers, reading assignments, and group discussion, seminar participants will encounter a variety of curatorial experiences, from registrarial work and conservation to public art processes, museum design, electronic curating in "virtual space," and art criticism. Students will meet and interact with professionals in the Portland metropolitan area who are involved in the business of art.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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EINV 241 Implementing Innovation

Faculty: Parikh
Content: Lecture and practicum in the fundamentals of entrepreneurial activity, taught in partnership with outside experts. Course covers finance, marketing, and operational and revenue models used by for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. Students will employ and become conversant in these skills of entrepreneurial thinking and design.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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EINV 244 Internship/Practicum

Faculty: B.Detweiler-Bedell
Content: Opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning by applying entrepreneurial thinking and academic concepts within for-profit and nonprofit organizations. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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EINV 261 Leadership: Teams & Innovation

Faculty: B. Detweiler-Bedell
Content: Theories, research, and models of effective (as well as failed) leadership and teamwork. Students will complete a number of experiential projects to evaluate and develop their own leadership and teamwork skills. Leaders from corporate, startup, and nonprofit organizations will periodically join the class to discuss their experiences.
Prerequisites: EINV 201 or EINV 241.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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EINV 270 Design Thinking: Principles in Practice

Faculty: Olich
Content: Exploration of the often messy and unpredictable process of developing solutions to user-focused problems. Students will work collaboratively within a project-based format to explore the rigors of innovative problem-solving. Topics range from entrepreneurial approaches to value creation and social transformation; course includes a weekly two-hour lab session and provides a distinctively subjective, student-centered learning opportunity through immersion in need-identification, ideation, and uncompromising experimentation.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophmore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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EINV 280 Communicating a Vision: Messaging for Impact

Faculty: Sebok
Content: Examines existing best practices in verbal communication, creative expression, and audio-visual presentation and production. Students will apply these practices in a series of exercises focused on individual and group communication, developing the ability to employ entrepreneurial thinking and principles to communicate innovative ideas to a variety of audiences. Projects include public speaking exercises, written and oral presentations tailored to different audiences, and audio-visual advertising and promotional content production. Case studies will be used to examine successful marketing campaigns for innovative products and services as well as alternative strategies and failures. We will emphasize habits and barriers to effective communication, strategies that promote creative expression, and how entrepreneurial methods empower successful messaging.
Prerequisites: EINV 201 or EINV 241.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.

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EINV 290 Technologies of the Future

Faculty: Autumn
Content: Through lectures, assigned readings, and hands-on activities, students learn about the parallel and synergistic processes of scientific discovery and engineering innovation. Open-ended projects give students experience in mutualistic teaming, technology transfer, product development, and marketing, as well as opportunities to learn and apply methods inherent in effectual entrepreneurial activities. Team-based laboratory projects focus on the process of technology transfer (utilizing scientific research in commercial product development).
Prerequisites: EINV 201 or EINV 241.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 5.