Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Miller received her undergraduate degree from the University
of Tennessee Knoxville. She received an M.S. from Memphis State University in
Mathematical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University
of Missouri Columbia. She taught in high schools in Knoxville and Memphis
before teaching at Arkansas State University, University of Missouri Columbia,
and Louisiana State University. In 1990, she became a Senior Research Fellow for
the Science and Mathematics Education Center at Curtin University in Perth,
Western Australia. She returned to the U.S. in 1992 for a one-year appointment
at Texas Tech University before coming to Middle Tennessee State University in
During her academic career, Dr. Miller has created and taught courses in mathematics and mathematics education at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She was named an Outstanding Teacher at Louisiana State University and has been nominated for the same distinction at MTSU. Her record of grant writing reflects a cumulative total of $2.62 million from local, state, and federal agencies. She has authored or co-authored approximately 50 publications and has been invited to make over 70 presentations at state, regional, national, and international meetings.
She has served as chair and member of numerous department, college, and university committees and task forces. Chair responsibilities have included MTSUs Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC), the Classroom and Laboratory Utilization Effectiveness Committee, the Workload Committee, the Compensation Pay Plan Committee, and MTSU's Task Force on Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. She has been very active in shared governance having served as a member of MTSU's Faculty Senate and Senate President during 1999-2000.
During October 2003, Dr. Miller, then Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, traveled to China representing MTSU in a Sino-American Leadership Training (SALT) program sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Chinese Education Association for International Exchange. Since that initial visit, Dr. Miller has served as a liaison to Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, P.R. China, building a partnership that has resulted in faculty visitations, student exchanges, and research partnerships. The two universities co-hosted a workshop on mathematics and science education June 22-27, 2008, in Murfreesboro, TN. The theme of the workshop was Identifying Common Priorities that Promote Collaborative Research. One hundred twenty-five scholars, 50 from P. R. China and 75 from the United States participated in the workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the formation of collaborative research working groups whose memberships consist of both American and Chinese scholars. Primary support for the weeklong event was the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Miller has held a number of administrative positions. In 2001, she served as a director of professional development for K-12 teachers of mathematics in an NSF funded partnership between Tennessee State University and the Metro City School System in Nashville, TN. From February 2002 to June 2004, she served as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for MTSU; and, from July 2004 to June 2005, she served as Interim Associate Dean for MTSU's College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Dr. Miller was appointed as Director of MTSU's Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program July 2003, and Director of MTSUs Undergraduate Research Center in 2006. She returned to Academic Affairs as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in July 2008. She became Interim Executive Vice President and Provost in May 2009. Dr. Miller stepped out of administrative service in June 2010 and returned to a faculty appointment in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses designed for students intending to be, and currently serving as, mathematics teachers. She is a member of the Honors faculty and the Graduate School's Doctoral Faculty.