At Stukent, our mission is to help educators help students help the world. We build innovative courseware and Simternships™ that prepare students for professional roles. Our solutions save educators valuable prep time, are easy to implement in the classroom, and give students hands-on experience with industry concepts.
Each month, Stukent highlights a standout higher education professor who uses our products in the classroom and exemplifies our core values.
Stephanie Thacker is Stukent’s Professor of the Month for February 2023!
Dr. Stephanie Thacker
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Kentucky
STEPHANIE THACKER’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
My academic background includes a bachelor’s in business administration, an MBA in strategic management and marketing, and a DBA in strategic management and marketing from the University of the Cumberlands.
I have taught undergraduate and graduate general business, management, and marketing courses for over five years. During this time, I have developed a strong passion for course design and development, and I strive to be innovative and focus on engaging students. I think of myself as a lifelong learner, always wanting to know and learn more.
As a student, I vividly remember when I was engaged in my classes versus when I was not. Engagement occurred when an activity was interactive, and I could apply my learning knowledge in a hands-on exercise. As an instructor, I strive to provide my students with the same engaging learning experiences, which makes Stukent a perfect fit for my teaching philosophy.
WHICH STUKENT COURSEWARE AND SIMULATIONS HAVE YOU USED?
I have used the “Essentials of Social Media Marketing” courseware and the Social Media Simternship for over a year. Students truly enjoy the opportunity to participate in the hands-on experiences and use the concepts they learn during the course. With such good feedback so far, I look forward to using the Business Analytics bundle this summer and the Sports Marketing bundle in the fall!
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU SHARE WITH OTHER EDUCATORS?
Educators should establish a positive environment that encourages students to give them feedback throughout their course. Let students know that you want to know what works, what does not, and what recommendations they have. When students know their voice matters and their feedback is appreciated, they become more active participants and are more engaged in their learning.
Stukent provides valuable information that can supplement your teaching and give students a more comprehensive learning experience. Review the resources available, determine if they align with your learning objectives, and find ways to incorporate them into your lessons. Take advantage of the resources offered and use them to enhance your teaching.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES AND TALENTS?
I am an avid reader, enjoy traveling, love trying new restaurants, and like to catch up on TV shows and movies in my free time.
WHERE CAN WE CONNECT ONLINE?
Find me on LinkedIn!
Congratulations, Stephanie! Thank you for everything you to do help your students help the world!