Evaluators for Research in Education for Innovation and Commerce


April 11, 2014
Due: July 31, 2014


The Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce invites applications from UTEP faculty to serve as evaluators for the Center’s research program in education for innovation and commerce.


The Loya Center, funded by generous contributions from UTEP alumnus Mike Loya, sponsors, conducts and promotes three main avenues of research: research in innovation and commerce, research for commercialization of innovation, and research in entrepreneurship education. This solicitation concerns the Center’s education initiatives. As part of the Center’s mission to conduct research in education in innovation and commerce, the Center designs and executes studies of the effectiveness of its educational initiatives, which include:



The Center expects to reach over 200 students through its various programs during the 2014-2015 academic year.


The Center is interested in three kinds of evaluation projects:


  1. Evaluating the relative effectiveness of the Center’s educational programs in innovation and commerce in terms of outcomes such as: changes in students’ attitudes, beliefs, behavioral processes, behavioral intentions with respect to entrepreneurship and innovation, and skills related to entrepreneurship and innovation.
  2. Evaluating the impact of these programs beyond the effect they have on the individual participants. That is, we are interested in the impact they have on UTEP’s culture with respect to innovation. This could include evaluation of growth of awareness of Center programs and entrepreneurship through social exchange, such as word of mouth and social networking.
  3. Evaluating the effectiveness of UTEP academic programs related to the Center’s mission, via longer-term or longitudinal studies. These academic programs include formal UTEP courses related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and commerce, such as courses in the College of Engineering’s Leadership Engineering program and in the College of Business Administration’s concentration in Entrepreneurship.


The Center seeks proposals to design and conduct this evaluation research. The Center expects that completion of the projects will result in academic publications. The Center expects to provide two proposal awards of up to $5,000 each for research to be conducted during the 2014-2015 academic year. Funds may be used for support of faculty or student effort and for other necessary expenses. Faculty applicants should submit a proposal (limited to five pages) along with their CV by July 31, 2104. We strongly encourage potential applicants to discuss their proposal with one of the Center’s co-directors, David Novick (novick@utep.edu) or Gary Frankwick (glfrankwick@utep.edu), before submitting a proposal. Proposals should include:



Investigators will be expected to obtain appropriate IRB approvals. The Loya Center staff can assist investigators in understanding and coordinating with Center initiatives. Funded projects will be expected to submit a final report by July 31, 2015.