Rob Urstein is Managing Director, Global Innovation Programs and Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses on innovation in higher education and manages a portfolio of on campus and international programs focused on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. From 2012-2015, Rob served as Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean of Freshmen, and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) where he was responsible for the transition of new undergraduates to Stanford; academic advising; undergraduate research programs, and academic policy and progress.
An experienced academic leader, Rob has more than 25 years of professional experience managing academic programs and teaching, advising, and coaching high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. Prior to his appointment as Associate Vice Provost in 2012, Rob spent eight years as Assistant Dean in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, leading the PhD Program and teaching MBA students, and ten years teaching and coaching in an independent high school. In 2000-01 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Oslo, Norway. Rob earned his undergraduate degree in history and literature, and his MA and PhD in American studies. He has been at Stanford since 2004.