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Darla Moore School of Business


Joel Stevenson

Title: Senior Lecturer
Department: Department of Management
Darla Moore School of Business
Phone: 803-777-5972
Office: Darla Moore School of Business, Room 410K
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


Joel Stevenson is a graduate of Georgia Tech, where he majored in Industrial Management. After graduation, Stevenson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, where he played one year of professional football. Stevenson went on to start, grow, and sell four businesses; two were sold to private investors, one was taken public, and the fourth business was sold to a Fortune 500 company.  Stevenson came to the University of South Carolina in 1999 to start the Technology Incubator. Under his leadership, the Technology Incubator to 135 companies. After retiring from the Incubator, he started teaching at the Darla Moore School of Business in 2011. In addition to teaching Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, he became the Assistant Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center and started the Moore School Instigator. 


What courses do you teach?
Why should a student take your class—how does your class help students become employable?

These courses absolutely help a student get a job. Since I do not have a Doctorate I’m teaching from 30 years of real world experiences (4 companies started from scratch and sold) and using two books from two outstanding authors: Dr. Karen Allen and Dr. Richard Robinson to help make my points.

How does your prior experience contribute to the classroom discussion and the way you teach?

Starting, growing and successfully selling 4 businesses and working with over 150 entrepreneurs as the Incubator Director gives the students access to my practical experience.

What is one thing you try to teach ALL of your students?

Ethics in business

What is your teaching style?

Socratic method

What are your expectations for students?

In Entrepreneurship….knowing the basics of building a business
In Strategic Management….How to put together a strategic plan

What are you doing when you're not working?

Spending time with my family and playing golf