Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter

  • Professor Emeritus

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Faculty Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Women in Leadership
  • Women and Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching with Technology


Deborah Streeter is an Emerita professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, having previously held the Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management. Entrepreneurship and small business management have been the focus of Dr. Streeter's teaching, research, and outreach activities. Her interests include: university-wide models for teaching entrepreneurship, use of digital media in teaching, and diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate and entrepreneurial settings, with a special focus on gender.

Dr. Streeter helped create and launch, the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell. In addition, she authored two online certificate programs in women in leadership with eCornell. Since 2016, Dr. Streeter served as a national instructor for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) I-Corps program, aimed at helping innovators at universities learn about the customer discovery process. In 2022, Cornell received an I-Corps Hub award from NSF and Dr. Streeter, working through the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA), assists with on-going activities in the Hub.

Dr. Streeter has received acclaim as an educator, based on her promotion of experiential learning, active learning, and innovative uses of technology inside and outside the classroom. In 2007, Streeter was given the Olympus Innovator Award by the Olympus Corporation. She received the Constance E. and Alice H Cook Award in 2004, Professor of Merit Award in 2002, was named influential to a Merrill Scholar in 1999, 2000, and 2003. Streeter was awarded the 2001 CALS National Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching, and was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow in 2000 (Cornell's most prestigious teaching award). She also received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and the Innovative Teaching Award in 1996. Dr. Streeter holds an MS (1980) and PhD (1984) in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources – MERLOT Classics 2010 (2010) MERLOT
  • Olympus Innovation Award (2007) Olympus Corporation and National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance
  • Professor of Merit (2002)
  • Outstanding Educator for having influenced a Merrill Presdential Scholar (2000)

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984
  • MS University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1980
  • BA University of Connecticut, 1975