Michelle Stecker

Assistant Teaching 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 DAmore-McKim School of Business at San Francisco Campus 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 Womens and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History, The University of Toledo

Recent Publications

  • Michelle Stecker and Kathryn Werner, “Nonprofit Leadership Compass Points: Weathering the COVID-19 Storm,” May 14, 2020, and
  • 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, and serves as co-advisor for Phi Gamma Nu, an interdisciplinary student business society. 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™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 change maker students and leaders who are passionate about solving the world's most pressing problems.


  • SPRING 2022
  • ESP 201 G TR 11:40AM-1:00PM FSB 2046
Michelle Stecker

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • W 12:00-3:00 p.m. and by appointment


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