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  • Lecturer of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC)

    Tippie College of Business

  • Lecturer of Management and Entrepreneurship

    Tippie College of Business

  • Vice President and Treasurer

    Walker Homestead LLC

  • Author, Vice President and Treasurer

    Walker & Walker LLC


Bob Walker serves as Lecturer for Iowa JPEC and advisor for I-Envision, Enactus and Sigma Nu Tau. He has led students for short-term study abroad experiences to Belize, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic and India. He has 25 years of experience in higher education as Associate Professor and Degree Coordinator with Kirkwood Community College, and Associate Professor and Department Chair Mount Mercy University. Bob has been active in the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), SIFE/Enactus, and the Disney College Internship Program. Bob has 17 years of experience in the banking industry, running his own consulting practice and involvement in small business startups. He and his wife co-authored the college textbook “Personal Finance: Building Your Future” with McGraw-Hill, which is in its second edition. Bob earned a Bachelor's degree from Miami University, MBA from UI and PhD from Iowa State University


  • PhD in Higher Education, Iowa State University, 2011
  • MBA, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, 1991
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University, 1983

Areas of Interest

  • Business internships and their relationship with retention, academic performance, and degree completion
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
  • Entrepreneurship and small businesses
  • Entrepreneurship finance
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship in developing countries and emerging markets
  • Values based personal finance

Professional Memberships

  • Practical Farmers of Iowa, 2018
  • Iowa Wine Growers Association, 2017
  • United States Association of Small Business and Entreprenurship, 2016
  • Global Consortium of Entrepreneurial Centers, 2015
  • VentureWell, 2015
  • Enactus, 2002

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Tippie Endowed Chair, Tippie Foundation, 2008
  • ACBSP Region V Teaching Excellence Award, ACBSP, 2006
  • Henry A. Johnson entrepreneurship Teaching Award, IowaJPEC, 2021 - 2021

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Walker, R. B. & Walker, K. P. (2019, January) Growing Agritourism, the Walker Homestead Story. Conference Presentation presented at IFVGC Conference, ankeny, Iowa.
  • Walker, R. B. & Walker, K. P. (2018, November) Where to Begin With Winter Wheat Production. Seminar presented at PFI Farminars, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Walker, R. B., Hensley, D. & Harris, K. (2017, October) Building an Entrepreneurial Communities Locally, State-Wide, and in our World. Conference Presentation presented at International Conference, Halifax, Canada.
  • Harris, K. (2017, March) Student Accelerators: Best Practices. Conference Presentation presented at Venture Well, Open, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • Walker, R. B. (2016, April) Personal Finance: Should it be requited. Invited Lecture Twitter Chat.
  • Walker, R. B. (2016, March) Passion and Entrepreneurship: Finding Funding and its Role. Lecture Punta Gorda, Belize.
  • Walker, R. B. (2016, January) Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Finding Your Passions. Lecture presented at India Winterim, Madurai, India.
  • Walker, R. B. (2015, April) Engaging Students in Personal Finance Through Social Media. Invited Lecture presented at The Teaching Strategies for Learning Achievement: Virtual Summit for Business and Economics, Webinar.

Professional Service

  • First United Methodist Church, Iowa City, Gateway Visioning Team, Chair.
  • Union Township Clerk, Officer, Other.
  • Endowment Committee, First United Methodist Church, Board Membership, Nonprofit.
  • Iowa Watch, Treasurer, September 2018.