Dr. Amanda Tanner is an accomplished educator and consultant with a passion for technology. She serves as a Doctoral Assistant Professor at the University of the Cumberlands, specifically within the Plaster School of Business. Her motto, “TEEching you to work smarter, not harder, since 1994,” reflects her commitment to innovative teaching methods.
Previously, Dr. Tanner owned a business and worked as a vocational education teacher. Now, she’s an award-winning professor, teaching graduate-level courses in business and leadership to students worldwide. As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and content developer, she focuses on creating streamlined educational materials that cater to customer needs.
Additionally, Dr. Tanner holds the role of Associate Editor and Production Manager for CORALS’ Journal of Applied Research (C’JAR). This position provides unique insights for students interested in publishing.
Outside of academia, Dr. Tanner enjoys quilting during winter months and indulges in outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding during the summer. She shares these experiences with her husband, Paul, and cherishes time spent with her three grandchildren: Jackson, Erin, and Landon.

DBA, Capella University, 2022
MBA, Lake Superior State University, 1997
BS, Lake Superior State University, 1991

  • Information Technology
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Published article: Ashwood, S., & Tanner, A. (2023). Leading From behind the screen: Business leaders adapting to virtual performance management. CORALS'Journal of Applied Research, 1(2), 24-24.
  • Published article: Tanner, A., & Preiksaitis, M. (2023). Perspectives of learning and training practitioners on gamification. CORALS’ Journal of Applied Research, 1(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.58593/cjar.v1i1.12
  • Presented “Chutes and Ladders – Changing the Mix. Overcoming obstacles to promote student success” with Dr. Jim Alstott at the 2022 Capella University virtual conference in November 2022. 
  • Presented "Transforming Faculty Performance in Competency-Based Education with a Community of Practice" with Dr. Kathe Kacheroski at the Higher Learning Commission conference in April 2018.