By Kellan Stepler | Staff Writer
The start of a new school year can signal many changes and new beginnings for most people.
Take Dr. Jeffrey Miller, for example. Miller was named vice provost of Duquesne University in July.
University Provost David Dausey said in a statement to the DU Times that, “Jeff Miller has provided the steady leadership necessary for the progress we have made in pursuing significant academic goals at Duquesne.”
Miller has been employed by Duquesne for 21 years. Previously, he served as an associate dean for graduate studies and research in the school of education. Before being promoted to vice provost, Miller served as associate provost for administration. All this will influence his outlook as vice provost.
“As a professor, scholar and administrator I understand the needs of both students and faculty which further helps guide my decision making,” Miller said.
He will continue to teach courses in psychological education, and researching and mentoring doctoral students.
As vice provost, Miller will be responsible for academic support units program development, planning and budget, international programs and learning skills services, academic and enterprise computing and classroom technology and facilities management.
“My overarching goal for all of these units is to encourage useful innovation that enhances the Duquesne experience for students, faculty, and staff,” Miller said.
His direct reports will be the offices of online learning, international programs, learning skills and classroom technologies. Miller will continue to serve as a liaison with planning and budget, computing and technology services and facilities management in the division of management and business. Miller, along with associate provosts, will work closely with the deans to achieve the academic mission of Duquesne.
The responsibilities and duties of vice provost are similar to those of the provost.
“The vice provost fills in for the provost in his absence and serves as a close advisor to him,” said Miller. “Also, I direct most of the operational activities of the provost office.”
While teaching at Duquesne, Miller has been recognized by the university with awards for leadership, service, innovation and teaching.
In 2009, he won a presidential scholarship award and in 2002, a creative teaching award. In 2009-2010, he was an academic leadership program Fellow.
Miller earned his Ph.D. in school psychology from Arizona State University in 1995.
According to his biography, Miller is “a board-certified school psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology, a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist.”
In addition to his academic career, Miller has also served on the Board of the American Board of School Psychology, Vice-President of the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology, and chair of the School Psychology Specialty Council.
Professionally, Miller is affiliated with the American Academy of School Psychology, the American Psychological Association, membership in the Division 16 School Psychology and the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Miller has published more than 30 books, book chapters and refereed journal articles. His most recent book is entitled Specialty Competencies in School Psychology.
According to his biography, “[Miller’s] research has focused on functional behavioral assessment of children, the translation of neuropsychological knowledge to improve teaching and learning, and professional issues in school psychology.”