Roxanne Greitz Miller, Ed.D., professor of education, has been appointed Interim Dean of Chapman University’s Attallah College of Educational Studies.
A member of Chapman’s faculty since 2005, Dr. Miller holds the Donna Ford Attallah Endowed Professorship in Teacher Education and has a joint appointment to Schmid College of Science and Technology. Dr. Miller has taught and mentored students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, for which she was awarded Chapman’s highest recognition for teaching, the Outstanding Teaching Professorship, in 2014.
Dr. Miller currently serves as the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and will continue to do so while Interim Dean. She previously served at Chapman as the Director of the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IETL), Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Integrated Degree Programs, and Coordinator of Secondary Education graduate programs. Dr. Miller is also a two-time member of Chapman’s Million Dollar Club for external research funding, with state and federal research grants representing more than $3.5 million throughout her career to date. In 2017, she completed Harvard University’s Higher Education Management Development Program.
“President Struppa and I have every confidence in Dr. Miller’s ability to provide strong leadership in this key role,” said Chapman’s Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Glenn Pfeiffer, Ph.D. “With her long track record of service to Chapman, we know she will ensure Attallah College continues delivering exceptional opportunities for our students.”
As a first-generation college student who was supported entirely by scholarships that enabled her to attend a private undergraduate institution (BS with Honors, University of Miami), and who then worked full time as a secondary science teacher throughout graduate school (MS.Ed and Ed.D., Florida International University), Dr. Miller self-identifies with many of the economic and work-school challenges faced by Chapman students. Her grant projects, both at Chapman and the University of California, Riverside, where she was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar, have supported numerous students with tuition scholarships, employment, and co-authorship on publications and conference presentations.
Despite her administrative responsibilities, research background, and scholarly work, 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 both Florida and California.
“I met Dr. Miller when I was hired as her doctoral research assistant,” said Colette O’Bannion, Ph.D. ’10, a member of the first Ph.D. in Education cohort in Attallah College. “She became much more than an employer and professor. She served as my mentor, and she is passionate, charismatic, and caring to her core. The students in Attallah College could not be in better hands.”
In her time away from Chapman, Dr. Miller has been recognized at the local and regional level for her volunteer work with community youth. Along with her certified therapy dog, she is an active volunteer at CHOC Children’s.
For more about Dr. Roxanne Greitz Miller, visit her Chapman faculty webpage.
Display Image at Top: Dr. Roxanne Greitz Miller with the first graduating cohort of Attallah College’s MA in Curriculum and Instruction program in 2018.