Michelle Stecker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Entrepreneurship & First-Year Integrated Core


Academic Background

  • Ph.D., University of Toledo J.D., University of Toledo
  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., George Fox University

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Director of Education and Action Research, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
  • Adjunct Professor, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
  • Adjunct Professor, Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business at San Francisco Campus
  • Faculty Fellow, Florida Hospital Innovation Lab (FHIL), AdventHealth Orlando Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Business, Rollins College
  • Founding Faculty Director of Lucy Cross Center for Women, Rollins College
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Toledo

Recent Publications

  • Michelle Stecker, “How Human-Centered Design Thinking is Transforming Lives Around the World,” Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University, Sept. 2018,
  • Michelle Stecker, Tonia Warnecke, and Carol Bresnahan, “Social Entrepreneurship and the Nonprofit Sector in Developing Countries,” in Colin Williams and Anjula Gurtoo (eds.), Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, London: Routledge, 2017.
  • Michelle Stecker, “Awash in a Sea of Confusion: Benefit Corporations, Social Enterprise, and the Fear of ‘Greenwashing,’” Journal of Economic Issues, June 2016.
  • Michelle Stecker, “Revolutionizing the Non-Profit Sector through Social Entrepreneurship,” Journal of Economic Issues, June 2014.

Honors & Awards

  • Innovation and Technology Grant, Augmented Reality Design Sprint, Santa Clara University
  • Kern Foundation Grant, Innovation Curriculum, KEEN Engineering Schools


Dr. Michelle Stecker teaches ESP 103 Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Farmer School of Business. Her research focuses on innovation, nonprofit sustainability, benefit corporations, and social entrepreneurship in the U.S. and developing world. Michelle co-created the first AACSB-accredited major in Social Entrepreneurship in the world at Rollins College. She holds a Ph.D. in American History and a J.D. from the University of Toledo, and is a member of the Ohio bar. Michelle earned her master’s of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, and served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. For her entire professional life, Michelle has worked with changemaker students and leaders who are passionate about solving the world’s most pressing problems.


  • FALL 2019
  • ESP 103 CA MW 6:00PM-6:55PM 0042 FSB
  • ESP 103 HB TR 6:00PM-6:55PM 303 LWS
  • ESP 103 IB TR 2:50PM-3:45PM 0020 FSB
  • ESP 103 LB MW 4:25PM-5:20PM 2046 FSB
Michelle Stecker

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Fall 2019
  • T/R 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • or by appointment


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