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Kristen (Voetmann) Thornton

Kristen (Voetmann) Thornton

Industrial-Organizational Psychology; Adjunct Faculty

Email: Thorntonk2@spu.edu


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.”