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Katrina Miller-Stevens

Background

Katrina earned her undergraduate Liberal Arts degree in History from Colorado State University.  Her graduate studies include a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver.  Prior to joining the Department of Economics and Business at Colorado College, she taught for six years in Virginia.  Before that, she worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years as a budget coordinator, grants manager, and program evaluator.

Research Interests

Katrina’s research interests include social entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, and collaboration. Specifically, she is interested in the similarities and differences between benefit corporations and nonprofit organizations. She also examines the impacts of government regulations on nonprofit lobbying expenditures and governance practices. In the area of collaboration, she explores new models and frameworks that explain how the business, nonprofit, and public sectors work together to solve social and environmental problems including sharing of knowledge and resources, leadership and governance issues, and size and scope of collaborations.

Katrina’s Personal Teaching Statement and Philosophy

I teach because I love it.  I teach because I grow as a person by doing so.  I teach because I contribute to students’ personal and professional growth.  Students inspire me and I aim to inspire them. Those are the fundamentals of why I teach and expect I always will.

I approach each course with at least five major objectives:

  1. To bring high levels of energy and enthusiasm to class. 
  2. To be clear in terms of course objectives and expectations, thereby generating a sense of fairness and opportunity for success among students. 
  3. To demonstrate my personal concern for the well-being of students as individuals. I am personally enriched from my interactions with students. 
  4. To provide a classroom experience which combines the theoretical and practical aspects of the material in a manner that is personally relevant to individual students. 
  5. To challenge each student at a high level.