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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.  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. 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 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).


  • AACSB Bridge Program, Entrepreneurship, University of Florida
  • Ph.D., Communication Theory and Research, University of Southern California
  • M.A., Communication Theory and Research/Sociolinguistics, University of Southern California
  • M.A., Speech Communication/Mass Communication, University of Denver
  • B.S., Communication Arts/Science Education, Cornell University


  • 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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