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University of Central Oklahoma


With more than 25 years at UCO, Robert Epstein has served in numerous roles. He currently is the chair of the Management Department and teaches innovation and entrepreneurship.  For 17 years, he was the editor of the Central Business Review, a national refereed research journal. He served as the faculty director of the MBA Program and as an AVP of admin services. He took on additional responsibilities as director of UCO purchasing, director of the Institute for Community Culture and Education, interim director of Campus Life, and director of the Center of Urban Economic and Business Analysis, all while teaching full time. With the help of over 100 people at UCO, he founded TEDxUCO.

During his tenure at UCO, Epstein has engaged in consulting and entrepreneurial activities. He has been certified as an emergency responder, quality examiner, a competent toastmaster, and a consultant for Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center.

Before joining UCO, Epstein was a visiting assistant professor of telecommunications at Michigan State University and an adjunct professor at SUNY-Albany. He worked for 15 years in private industry in roles of basic research (Bell Labs), management (AT&T), executive leadership (Nutmeg Bakers Supply and Abel’s), and training and consulting (Next Step).

Classes Taught


ENTR 3203 - Innovation Mindset & Skills

MGMT 4263 - Small Business Management


BADM 3103, Business Ethics

BADM 4950, Internship in General Business

BADM 5005, Leading in the Global Competitive Environment

BADM 5125, Interpretation & Integration: Accounting & Communication

BADM 5305, Strategic Integration

ENTR 3203, Entrepreneurship 21st Century

MGMT 3143, Labor Relations Management

MGMT 3313, Human Resource Management

MGMT 4263, Small Business Management

MGMT 4950, Internship in Management, 1 course

Education and Certifications


AACSB Bridge Program, Entrepreneurship, University of Florida

Ph.D., Communication Theory and Research, University of Southern California

M.A., Communication Theory and Research, University of Southern California

M.A., Speech Communication/Mass Communication, University of Denver

B.S., Communication Arts/Science Education, Cornell University


Entrepreneurship Mindset Profile Licensed, Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College

CCERT Emergency Responder Certification

Competent Toastmaster, Toastmasters International

Honors and Awards

Finalist Undergrad Advisor - Love Cup Business Plan Competition, i2E. (April 2018).

OK Governor's Cup Undergrad Faculty Advisor - 2nd Place, i2E. (April 2017).

Tri-State Governor's Cup Undergrad Faculty Advisor Award - First Place, Donald Reynolds Foundation. (May 2016).

OK Governor's Cup Undergrad Faculty Advisor - 2nd Place, i2E. (April 2016).

2014-2015 eLearning Excellence Award, UCO Center for eLearning and Customized Education. (August 2015).

Tri-State Governor's Cup Grad Faculty Advisor Award - 2nd Place, Donald Reynolds Foundation. (May 2015).

OK Governor's Cup Grad Faculty Advisor - 2nd Place, i2E. (April 2015).

OK Governor's Cup Undergrad Faculty Advisor - 3rd Place, i2E. (April 2015).

Department of Management Service Award (2012)

Excellence in Education Award of the College of Business (2009)

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award from the Edmond Economic Development Authority (1998)

UCO Presidential Partners’ Teaching Award (1997)

Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2-4 p.m.

Professional and Community Involvement

President, Southwest Academy of Management. (2017 - Present).

Member, Federation of Business Disciplines Board. (2017 - Present).

Member, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. (2003 - Present).

Member, Academy of Management. (1991 - Present).

Member, Association for Computing Machinery. (1981 - Present).

Life Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. (1979 - Present).

Life Member, International Communication Association. (1972 - Present).

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