Robert F. Welker

Robert Welker

Associate Professor
Room: BSN 3317
Phone: (813) 974-6548
Fax: (813) 974-6528

Robert Welker is an associate professor who teaches courses in business law at the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and has been a full-time member of USF's faculty since 1966. He is admitted by examination to practice law in Florida.

His research has been published in the American Business Law Journal numerous times and he has written chapters for textbooks and review course materials. His main research interest is collective bargaining in the public sector. He is a member of the Temple Terrace Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Indiana Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the American Business Law Association and Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council. At USF, he serves on departmental committees and has a leadership role within the USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida in which he currently serves as the union's chief negotiator and senator for that organization.

Welker earned a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University, an MBA from USF and a bachelor's degree in political science from Earlham College. 


  • BUL 3320 - Law and Business I

Recent Research

  • Welker, R., (2018), "The Evolution of Business from a Workplace: To a WORTH Place:
    Dealing Effectively with the Human Factor in the Work Equation," Journal of Global Business Management, Volume 14, number 1.
  • Karlins M. and Welker, R., (2017), "I Think, Therefore I Am; I Think, Therefore I Am What I Think: What This Means for 21st Century Business," Journal of International Management Studies, 12 (1): 22-23.
  • Karlins M. and Welker, R., (2016), "At the Crossroads of Entitlement Avenue and Litigation Way: A New Challenge for 21st Century Management," Journal of International Management Studies, 11 (2): 1-3.


  • Provider, pro bono legal services to numerous individuals.
  • Chief negotiator, USF chapter of the United Faculty of Florida
  • Member, USF Council on Faculty Issues