s one might expect from a conversation with one of Purdue’s most notable lecturers, a theme quickly develops when
Randy Roberts discusses his profession.
Now in his 30th year as a Purdue faculty member, Roberts has a passion for the research that informs his work as a
historian. As evidenced by the stack of biographies bearing his name on the spine, Roberts possesses a passion for writing.
And as thousands of Boilermakers who have passed through his classrooms can attest, Roberts has a passion for standing
at the front of a lecture hall and relaying stories about events that shaped our world. “If you’ve been at it as long as I have,
you’ve got to be passionate about what you do,” Roberts said. “If you’re continuing to do your research, if you can’t wait to
write every day, then you’ve got to be passionate about it. I always think that passion rubs over into teaching."
Because of his reputation as an educator, Roberts’ trophy case is stocked with some of Purdue’s most notable teaching
150th Anniversary Professor
Powered by a passion for history