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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research - Steve Miller

Dr. Steve Miller

Dr. Steve Miller

Transitional Retiree/Associate Professor

Office:  WKU-Bowling Green and Owensboro
Phone:  (270) 745-6901


Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1983

MS.Ed., Northern Illinois University, 1970

B. A., North Central College, 1968


Dr. Stephen Miller is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at Western Kentucky University, teaching research courses for both master’s and doctoral level students. He is active in mentoring doctoral students, with more than 35 completed dissertations as Chair or Co-Chair. He currently has eight dissertation advisees. Coming to WKU in Fall, 2008, he worked at the University of Louisville from 1981-2008. During 1985-1986, he was Director of the Kentucky Career Ladder Commission. Prior to earning his doctorate at Michigan State University, he taught junior high science and served as an Assistant Principal at a middle school and Principal of a large urban elementary school. He served as a VISTA Volunteer in Appalachia in 1965-1966.

Courses Taught

WKU - Graduate

  • EDFN 500 - Research Methods
  • EDFN 501 - Educational Statistics
  • EDLD 712 - Research Methods and Design for Educational Leaders
  • EDLD 721 - Methodology in Leadership Research II
  • Various Independent Studies

U of L


  • Introduction to Teacher Education

Graduate – Masters

  • Schooling in the American Social Order
  • Seminar in Methods of Effective Schools Research
  • Seminar in History of Science of Education
  • Introduction to Research and Statistics
  • Independent Readings in Foundations of Education
  • Numerous Guest Lectures

Graduate – Doctoral

  • Foundations of Urban Educational Policy
  • Introductory Doctoral Seminar
  • Problems in Urban Education (advanced doctoral seminar)
  • Research and Design
  • Ed.D. Internships

Research Interests

School and organizational effectiveness; School reform and accountability; Dynamics of change processes; Historical and social beliefs about individual differences and stratification processes; Continuing inequalities of class/race-based achievement gaps

Selected Publications

Danquah, F., & Miller, S. K. (2007). Cocoa farming in Ghana: Emic experience, etic interpretation. Southern Rural Sociology, 22(1), 65-79.

Little, P. S., & Miller, S. K. (2007). Hiring the best teachers: Rural values and person-organization fit theory. Journal of School Leadership, 17, 118-158.

Miller, S. K. (1985). Research on exemplary schools: An historical perspective. In G. R. Austin & H. Garber (Eds.), Research on exemplary schools (pp. 3-30). New York, NY: Academic Press.

Miller, S. K. (2008, Fall). Educational quality and the accountability movement: Lessons from John Deere tractors and family farms. Kentucky School Leader, 11-13.

Miller, S. K., with Jack, Z. M. (2007). Story telling as narrativity: Rural life through the prism of social tensions. Southern Rural Sociology, 22(1), 15-27.

Miller, S. K., Washington, Y. C., & Fiene, J. R. (2006). Female superintendents: Historic barriers and prospects for the future. Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, 4, 219-242.

Ruscoe, G. C., & Miller, S. K. (1991). The dilemmas of change: Lessons from a school improvement effort gone awry. Knowledge: Creation, Diffusion, Utilization, 13, 170-192.

Washington, Y. C., Miller, S. K., & Fiene, J. R. (2007). Kentucky’s women superintendents: Their work, identity, and entry to the profession. Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, 5, 263-283.


  • University of Louisville Outstanding Faculty for Adult Learners Award, 2003
  • University of Louisville 2003-2004 Exemplary Advising Award Nominee

Outside Interests

Jogging, Reading, and Big Ten (conference) sports

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