Master of Sustainable Business  

MSB Faculty


Dr. Deborah Steketee

Dr. Deborah Steketee
Associate Professor of Sustainable Business
Office: 230 Academic Building
Phone: (616) 632-2930

Deborah Steketee, Ph.D.,  joined the Sustainable Business Program in the Fall of 2005, bringing an interest and expertise related to the alignment of natural and social systems. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Sustainable Business programs as well as the Master in Management program.  From 2006-2013 Dr. Steketee served as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College, helping to connect sustainable business expertise with the needs of business and industry. In that capacity, she leads the Sustainable Business Professional Certificate program and other non-credit educational programming.


Dr. Steketee completed her doctoral work in public policy and political science at Indiana University-Bloomington, an M.Sc. degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University, and a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. Dr. Steketee's professional experience includes management positions in broadcasting and publishing as well as work in environmental education and advocacy. 

Her current research and consulting engagements focus on social capital as well as innovation for sustainability. 


Dr. Steketee teaches the following courses in the Master of Sustainable Business program:

  • MG 673 - Building Social Capital
  • SB 610 - Sustainable Business Innovation Lab
  • SB 650 - International Perspectives in Sustainable Business