Dr. Sandra L. Roberts
Associate Professor of Administration
"Stay focused and embrace the joy of learning. Don't forget to develop relationships with your colleagues and expand your networking opportunities."
- PhD – Barry University, 2008
- MA – Barry University, 2002
- Bachelor of Liberal Studies – Barry University, 2001
For many years, Dr. Roberts–the author of "Hispanic Market Opportunities"–was a senior international advertising executive and Latin American photo-journalist. She developed and implemented integrated multilingual marketing, advertising, and public relations initiatives, including off-shore campaigns and special events for clients throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States.
She has also taught Spanish, literature, and culture courses for Miami-Dade College in both face-to-face and online environments.
Co-chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Americas Committee and the Education Committee, Dr. Roberts is a founding member of The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT). She serves as the Advocacy and Public Policy Leader for the American Cancer Society's Florida division and has led groups to both Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, DC, speaking on behalf of the Cancer Action Network.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
Services Marketing; Diversity; Research Methodologies; Values and Ethics in Administration; Leadership in Public Purpose Organizations; Public Administration Capstone Project
What do you want students to take away from your courses?
I encourage my students to understand that solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. That by believing in themselves, they will be able to take action to create lasting change—across the globe, in their communities, and in themselves.
What advice would you give to students considering these online programs?
Stay focused and embrace the joy of learning. Don't forget to develop relationships with your colleagues and expand your networking opportunities.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in public administration?
Adaptability, creativity, flexibility, the ability to see multiple sides to problems, and to think outside the box. Hard work, great communication, and problem-solving skills are necessary in the diverse and global environment of today's business world.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in public administration face today?
Maintaining high ethical standards in one's business, one's profession, and in one's personal life.
Why did you start teaching?
I started teaching to give back to a community that was important to my career and personal life. I enjoy sharing what I have learned over the years with others. My greatest joy is to see students achieve their academic goals by believing in themselves.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I am a long-time member of Rotary International, serving twice as the president of the Miami Shores Rotary Club. My ongoing humanitarian efforts, supported by several grants, include polio eradication in India, potable water projects in Peru, and adult literacy efforts in both Peru and the Dominican Republic.