Kristen (Voetmann) Thornton
Industrial-Organizational Psychology; Adjunct Faculty
Education: PhD, Seattle Pacific University
Current role: People & talent analytics lead at Zillow
Past organizations: SPU (Office of Student Involvement and Leadership), Scontrino-Powell, Inc.
Why I like teaching at SPU: I teach because I believe there is a difference between understanding and applying an idea or skill, and seek to provide an opportunity to experiment and gain confidence in a low-risk environment. While the actual source is uncertain, I strongly resonate with the quote that “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”