» Dr. Roxanne Miller
Professor, Director, Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Donna Ford Attallah Endowed Professor in Teacher Education

College of Educational Studies
Dr. Roxanne Miller
Office Location:
Beckman Hall 108
University of Miami, Bachelor of Science
Florida International University, Master of Science
Florida International University, Doctor of Education
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Roxanne Greitz Miller holds the Donna Ford Attallah Endowed Professorship in Teacher Education and serves as the Director of the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IETL) in the Office of the Provost. Prior to serving in this university-wide leadership role, Dr. Miller was Assistant Dean of the College of Educational Studies, where she was responsible for leading its highly successful Integrated Educational Studies major and five affiliated undergraduate minor programs, as well as for launching the Integrated Five-Year Bachelor's plus Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program. She has also served as Program Coordinator for Chapman's Secondary Teacher Education Credential Program and the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Emphasis Program. 

A member of Chapman's faculty since 2005, Dr. Miller holds the rank of tenured full Professor with a joint appointment in Schmid College of Science and Technology. In addition to her teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, Dr. Miller has served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on state and federal research grants representing over $3.5 million in funding and has published numerous refereed articles, book chapters, and comprehensive historical abstracts. Her research centers on teacher education, the home to school connection, STEM education, and media influence on public schools and schooling. She served as Division K Teacher Education Program Co-Chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) from 2013-2016, as Contributing Editor to NSTA’s Science Scope journal from 2005-2009, and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

In 2008, Dr. Miller was honored with Chapman’s Valerie Scudder Award for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research and in 2012 was awarded the Attallah Endowed Professorship. In 2013-2014, Dr. Miller served as President of the Faculty Senate at Chapman, during one of the most significant periods for faculty governance and included the University's WASC reaccreditation. In 2014, Dr. Miller received the Outstanding Teaching Professorship at Chapman, the university's highest honor in teaching, selected by a jury of tenured professors from across all academic areas at the university. She was also selected to represent Chapman in the 2014 U.S. Professor of the Year competition.

Despite her administrative responsibilities, research background and scholarly productivity, Dr. Miller considers herself first and foremost to be a teacher. As she emphasizes to her students, "teaching is not what you do; it is who you are." She continues to hold current teaching credentials in biology, chemistry, middle grades, and gifted education in the states of Florida and California.

K-12 Teaching Experience

Dr. Miller was a secondary science teacher at both the middle school and senior high level for approximately 10 years.  In addition to her classroom teaching, she coordinated the identification and eligibility for, and delivery of, special education and gifted education services to over 400 students each year in a highly diverse, large urban middle school.  In 2011-2012, Dr. Miller “went back to middle school” for a full year as Professor-in-Residence to explore, in-depth, recent changes to public schools, their teachers, and students.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Miller, R. G., Curwen, M. S., White-Smith, K. A., Calfee, R. C. (May 2015 print version; August 2014 online first version). Cultivating primary students’ scientific thinking through sustained teacher professional development. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43(4), 317-326. DOI 10.1007/s10643-014-0656-3.
Miller, R. G. (accepted, Feb. 2014). Out of Place: A “first-gen’s” indirect path toward becoming a teacher educator. To be published in Kemp, A.T. (Ed.), The Dignity of the Calling: Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys.
Calfee, R.C., & Miller, R.G. (2013). Best Practices in Writing Assessment for Instruction. In S. Graham, C. MacArthur, and J. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Best Practices in Writing Instruction (2nd Edition) (pp. 351-380). New York: Guilford.
Miller, R. G. (2011). Unlocking Reading Comprehension with Key Science Inquiry Skills (Chapter 3). In J. Wheeler-Toppen (Ed.), Science the "Write" Way (pp. 11-16). Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.
Miller, R. G., & Calfee, R. C. (2011). Making Thinking Visible: A Method to Encourage Science Writing in the Upper Elementary Grades (Chapter 6). In J. Wheeler-Toppen (Ed.), Science the "Write" Way (pp. 31-40). Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.
Curwen, M.S., Miller, R.G., White-Smith, K.A. & Calfee, R.C. (Fall 2010). Increasing Teachers' Metacognition Develops Students' Higher Learning during Content Area Literacy Instruction: Findings from the Read-Write Cycle Project. Issues in Teacher Education, 19 (2), 127-51.
Miller, R. G. (2009). Wither thou goest: The trailing spouse or commuter marriage dilemma. In M. Weinburgh & K. Wieseman (Eds.), Becoming and being: Women’s experiences in leadership in K-16 science education communities (pp. 111-126). London: Springer.
Miller, R. G. (2009). Advancing understanding of drug addiction and treatment. Science Scope, 32(6), 14-17.
Miller, R. G. (2008). How “bright” is it to use CFLs? A look at the controversy. Science Scope, 32(4), 54-57.
White-Smith, K. A., & Miller, R. G. (2008). All differences aside: Establishing a research-based university and textbook publisher partnership for powerful teacher professional development. New Hampshire Journal of Education, 11(2), 57-62.
Miller, R. G., & *Schandler, T. (2008). Ellis Paul Torrance. In Provenzo, E. F. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the social and cultural foundations of education (pp. 954-955). New York: Sage.
Miller, R. G. (2008). History of gifted education. In Provenzo, E. F. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the social and cultural foundations of education (pp. 368-370). New York: Sage.
Miller, R. G., & *Schandler, T. (2008). Lewis Madison Terman. In Provenzo, E. F. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the social and cultural foundations of education (pp. 952-953). New York: Sage.
Miller, R. G. (2008). Policy issues in gifted education. In Provenzo, E. F. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the social and cultural foundations of education (pp. 370-371). New York: Sage.
Miller, R. G. & Were, L. M. (2008). Enough already? Linking science, geography, mathematics and sociology through population study. Science Scope, 31(9), 10-14.