Webster Voices - Joe Roberts | Webster University

Bringing the Street to Campus

Joe Roberts teaches entrepreneurship and management courses at Webster University

Joe Roberts, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Entrepreneurship Program
George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology

“Teaching is a privilege, and indeed a great honor.”

Joe Roberts teaches entrepreneurship and management courses and is the Director of Entrepreneurship Program in Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology. He has presented on entrepreneurship across the world and also consults small/medium-sized businesses.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I am passionate about teaching. In teaching entrepreneurship my goal is to help individuals become self-employed or start a business one person at a time. I believe in bringing the street to campus and taking the campus to the street. I do this with conviction and commitment to ensure student-centered success.

What motivates you?

My goal is to exceed expectations everyday! I’m motivated to help students take charge of their futures. As Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” I am driven by the desire to help Webster’s past, present and future students create their own futures.

Joe Roberts

What makes teaching at Webster distinctive?

Teaching is a privilege, and indeed a great honor. I embrace teaching as an opportunity to inspire future global leaders of business and society. Students need from us a level of dedication and time commitment that goes beyond just a desire to teach; it takes mentoring, constant care and listening.

Teaching entrepreneurship and small business management demands a high level of comfort to work across multiple disciplines, departments, and traditional academic boundaries. It is the cross-disciplinary nature of my approach to teaching that is distinctive.

What are you most curious about?

I am curious about what drives creatives and entrepreneurs.

What is the focus of your scholarship?

Teaching entrepreneurship demands constant innovative and cutting pedagogical approaches. To quote Peter Drucker again, "Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things".

Entrepreneurship as an academic discipline intrigues me, challenges me and involves me in the process of making people’s dreams become a reality. Entrepreneurship as a process is not plainly understood yet. It’s a relatively new field of study and still evolving.

What is your favorite travel destination?

I really cannot pick one destination. I love to travel.

Professor Roberts has presented entrepreneurship workshops and seminars in China, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Estonia, Finland and India.

How do you translate your passion in life to the classroom?

I believe in the 4 P’s of best business practice: passion, people, planet and profits. Interaction with my students keeps me focused and committed to my work as an entrepreneurship educator. I love to listen to their dreams, ideas and passions and do my best to help them in and out of the classroom to build a pathway or process to realize their dreams.

I have found students will go the extra mile, do that extra research, read that extra article, if they realize that you truly care about their success.

Joe Roberts lecturing in library

Roberts is interviewed on Webster Voices

Hear Roberts discuss how the discipline of entrepreneurship helps students build businesses anywhere their passion lies -- arts, nonprofits, business and more.

What is your superpower?

I am not sure “superpower” is accurate, but I always believe I can make a difference and I point to Dean Alfange’s Creed about entrepreneurship.

Who is the person, living or dead, you most admire?

My grandfathers. One was a professor of history and economics and the other an entrepreneur.

What three words best describe you?

Resourceful, enthusiastic, encouraging.


Joe Roberts

Management Academic Programs

In Webster's management programs, you will examine how to effectively coordinate people and resources to achieve the goals of an organization.