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 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.

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, Streeter has 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 Streeter, working through the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA), assists with on-going activities in the Hub.

Throughout her career, 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. Honors include the Olympus Innovator Award (2007) and the Constance E. and Alice H Cook Award (2004). In 2000, she was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell's most prestigious teaching award.

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