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Robert Epstein

Professor/Department Chair
Phone: (405) 974-5678
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Biographical Info

With over 20 years at UCO, Dr. Epstein has served in numerous roles. He currently leads and teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  He was the Editor of the Central Business Review, a national refereed research journal, for 17 years.  He served as the Faculty Director of the MBA Program and as an AVP of Admin Services. While teaching, he took on additional responsibilities as Director of Purchasing, Director of the Institute for Community Culture and Education, Interim Director of Campus Life, and Director of the UCO Urban Economic and Business Analysis Center, all while teaching full time. During his tenure at UCO, Dr. 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, Dr. Epstein was a visiting assistant professor of telecommunications at Michigan State University and an adjunct professor at SUNY-Albany. He worked for fifteen 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).

Education

  • AACSB Bridge Program 2013  – Entrepreneurship – University of Florida
  • Ph.D. 1978 – COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH
    Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California
  • M.A. 1976 – COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH/ SOCIOLINGUISTICS
    Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California
  • M.A. 1974 – SPEECH COMMUNICATION/MASS COMMUNICATION
    University of Denver
  • B.S. 1973 – COMMUNICATION ARTS/SCIENCE EDUCATION
    Cornell University

Awards

UCO Presidential Partners’ Teaching Award in 1997

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

Excellence in Education Award of the College of Business in 2009

Department of Management Service Award in 2012

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