Robert Epstein, Ph.D.
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).
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)
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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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