Suzanne Miller

Professor
Director, CISL Ph.D. Program
Director of the City Voices City Visions DV Composing Project

Learning and Instruction

 568 Baldy Hall
 716-645-2455
  716-645-3161
 smiller@buffalo.edu
  www.CityVoicesCityVisions.org


English Education
Digital Composing, New Literacies
Teacher Learning
Dialogic Classroom Discourse
English Education
Qualitative Research
New Literacies, Multimodal Composing
Situated and Embodied Learning

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Instruction and Learning (English Education specialization), University of Pittsburgh

Professional and Research Interests

  • Coordinator, New Literacies Group, University at Buffalo.
  • Past Chair, Conference on English Education (CEE), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) (elected, 2004-2006) (CEE is the arm of NCTE whose members are engaged in the preparation, support, and continuing education of ELA teachers.)
  • Editorial Board Member, English Education.

Dr. Suzanne Miller is a professor of English Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo where she teaches master's and doctoral courses on the teaching of English, multimodal literacies, sociocultural theories of learning, and qualitative research methods. Prior to this, she taught secondary-school English for 18 years and provided curriculum and staff-development workshops for teachers. She has a Ph. D. in Instruction and Learning (English Education specialization) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Miller's research focuses on the influence of transformative literacy teaching, curricula and programs on student learning and school change. Her ethnographic case studies trace how innovative teachers and their students learn in literacy and literature activities, and demonstrate how cognitive and social development occur as a consequence of learning experiences. Current work focuses on infusing digital technologies as literacy tools into Grade 6-12 classrooms to improve achievement in urban schools. She is coordinator of the interdisciplinary New Literacies Group at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Miller has directed numerous projects, including several funded by the Department of Education and the National Council of Teachers of English. City Voices, City Visions--her current school-based program for infusing digital videography and other digital arts into classrooms--has been funded by the New York State Education Department. The evaluation component of the project is being funded by the John R. Oishei Foundation.

Co-editor of Vygotsky's Educational Theory in Cultural Contexts (Cambridge, 2003) and Multimodal Composing in Classrooms (Routledge, 2012), she has published in the American Education Research Journal, Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Literacy Research Journal, English Journal, English Record, English Bulletin, Theory and Research in Social Education, Language and Literacy Spectrum, English Leadership Quarterly and Urban Education.

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Grants (selected)

Crowd-Learning: Towards Collaborative, Self-Sustaining Learning Environments and Practices. Awarded IITG State University of New York innovation grant, $50,000. Co-PI with Alexi Nikolaev, Industrial Engineering, PI).

Buffalo Partnership Project: Professional development for teachers across disciplines
to meet English Language Learners’ needs and achieve Common Core Learning Standards.

Co-PI, New York State Teacher Leadership Quality Partnership (NCLB) grant. Funded for $600,000.00 (over 3 years).

Improving science instruction for middle-grade learners through technology integration. Lead writer and Project Director for the UB Multimodal, Multidimensional Model Project (M3P) team. Funded by New York State Education Department Enhancing Education Through Technology Grants, No Child Left Behind, in the Buffalo Public Schools for $1,000,000. 2-year grant. UB M3P team portion, $250,000 for research and professional development.

Awarded $300,000 from the New York State Department of Education (through the Learning Technology Grants for Enhancing Teaching and Learning) to support the project "City Voices, City Visions: Improving High School Literacy Achievement Through Digital Video and Communication Technologies."

Awarded $272,000 from the J.R. Oishei Foundation to support the project "City Voices, City Visions: Improving High School Literacy Achievement Through Digital Video and Communication Technologies."

Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Catalyst Grant. UB/GSE Research Team member in the NY State Education Department grant from the U. S. Department of Education. Collaboration with Syracuse University & Teachers College, Columbia, $613, 717.00

Project Renewal Through Technologies (Project ReNew). Co-Project Director. Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Implementation Grant, total $1, 306, 326.00

National Awards

  • Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Woman in the Teaching of English, 2008. National Council of Teachers of English/WILLA.
  • The Janet Emig Award for Best Journal Article in English Education, 2007. National Council of Teachers of English/Conference on English Education.

National Positions-elected

  • Chair, Conference on English Education (CEE), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), 2004-2006. (CEE is the teacher education constituent of NCTE; Chair functions as President.)
  • Executive Committee, National Council of Teachers of English, 2004-2006.
  • Executive Committee, Conference on English Education, 1999-2003.
  • Chair, Literature Special Interest Group, AERA, 1993-94, Associate Chair, 1992-1993.


Publications (selected)

Miller, S.M. & Bruce, D.L. (2017, January). Welcome to the 21st Century: New Literacy Stances to support student DV composing and learning. English Journal.

Miller, S.M. (2013, December). A research metasynthesis on digital video composing in classrooms: An evidence-based framework for changing pedagogy towards embodied learning. Literacy Research Journal, 45(4), pp. 386-430. DOI: 10.1177/1086296X13504867.

Miller, S.M., Knips, M. & Goss, S. (2013 September). Changing the game of literature with authentic assessment: The promise of multimodal composing. English Journal.

Miller, S.M. & McVee, M (Eds.) (2012). Multimodal composing in classrooms: Learning and teaching in the digital world. New York: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415897471/

Yerrick. R.K, Thompson, M.K., Miller, S.M, Meyer, B. (2011). Initiating technological and pedagogical shifts in low achieving urban minority classrooms. International Journal of Science and Technology Education Research, [Refereed]

Miller, S.M., Hughes, K. & Knips, M. (2013). Teacher knowledge-in-action: Digital video composing as 21st century literacy. In S. Kadjer and C. Young (Eds.) Teaching English with Technology. Academic Information Press.

Miller, S.M. (2011). Transmediating with multimodal literacies: Adolescent literature learning through digital video composing. In P.J. Dunston & L. B. Gambrell (Eds.) The 60th Literacy Research Association Yearbook. Oakcreek, WI: Literacy Research Association. [Refereed]

Miller, S.M. (2010). Reframing multimodal composing for student learning: Lessons on Purpose from the Buffalo DV project. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 10 (2). [Online refereed]. Available online at: http://www.citejournal.org/vol10/iss2/maintoc.cfm [Refereed]

Miller, S.M. (2010). Towards a multimodal literacy pedagogy: Digital video composing as 21st century literacy, pp. 254-281. In P. Albers (Ed.) Literacies, Arts, and Multimodality. Urbana- Champaign, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Miller, S. M. (2008). Teacher learning for new times: Repurposing new multimodal literacies and digital-video composing for schools. In J. Flood, S.B. Heath, D. Lapp (Eds.) Handbook of research on teaching literacy through the communicative and visual arts, pp. 441-460, Volume II. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and the International Reading Association.

Miller, S.M. (2008). The multiple languages and literacies of English. In V. Ellis, C. Fox, B. Street (Eds.) Rethinking English in schools: A new and constructive stage (pp. 174-182). London: Continuum International Publishing.

Miller, S.M. & Borowicz, S. (2007). New literacies with an attitude: Transformative teacher education through digital video learning tools. In M. Finn & P. Finn (Eds.) Teacher education with an attitude (pp. 111-126). State University of New York Press.

Miller, S.M. (2007, October). English teacher learning for new times: Digital video composing as Multimodal Literacy Practice. English Education, 40(1),64-83. This article received the Janet Emig Award for best article in English Education for 2008.

Miller, S.M. (2007). Mentoring Researchers. In P.O’Neill (Ed.). Blurring boundaries: Developing writers, researchers and teachers (pp. 243-252). Hampton Press.

Miller, S.M. & Fox, D. L. (Eds.) (2006). Reconstructing English education for the 21st century: A report on the CEE Summit [Special Issue]. English Education, 38(4).

Miller, S. M. & Borowicz, S. (2006).Why Multimodal Literacies? Designing Digital Bridges to 21st Century Teaching and Learning. GSE Publications and State University of New York Press.

Miller, S. & Borowicz, S. (2005). City Voices, City Visions: Digital Video as Literacy/Learning Supertool in Urban Classrooms. In L. Johnson, M. Finn & R. Lewis (Eds.)Urban education with an attitude (pp. 87-105). SUNY Press.

Miller, S.M. (2003). How literature discussion shapes thinking: Teaching/learning habits of the heart and mind. In A. Kozulin, V. Ageyev, S. Miller, B. Gindis. (Eds.)Vygotsky's educational theory in cultural context (pp. 289-316). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Miller, S., Meier, E., Payne-Bourcy, L., Shablak, S., Newman, D. L., Wan, T. Y., Casler, E. & Pack, G. (2003, October 20). Technology as a Catalyst for Change: A Leadership Model for Transforming Urban Teacher Preparation. The International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning.Volume 7, Number 12. Available online at www.ucalgary.ca/~iejll/volume7/miller.htm (ISSN 1206-9620).

Kozulin, A., Gindis, B., Ageyev, V., Miller, S. (Eds.) (2003). Vygotsky's Educational Theory in Cultural Context.Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. [Also French language edition, 2009]

Miller, S.M. & Trzyna, G. D. (2000). "They don't want to hear it": Ways of talking and habits of the heart in the multicultural literature classroom. In C. Cornbleth (Ed.) Curriculum politics, policy, practice: Cases in context. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Miller, S.M. & Legge, S. (1999, August). Supporting Possible Worlds: Transforming literature teaching and learning through conversations in the narrative mode.Research in the Teaching of English, 10-64.

Miller, S.M., Nelson, M., & Moore, M. (1998, Fall). Caught in the paradigm gap: Qualitative researchers' lived experience and the politics of epistemology.American Educational Research Journal, 35(3), pp. 1-36.


Presentations (selected)

Miller, S.M. & Goss, S.* (2013, December). Semiotic representation as embodied learning: Developing repertoires of practice in literature through multimodal composing. To be given at the Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association, Dallas, Texas.

Miller, S.M. (2014, April). Embodied learning in multimodal composing. To be give at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia.

Miller, S.M. (2012, October 20). Caught in the Paradigm Gap: Arguing the Rigor of Qualitative Research as Essential Tool for Educational Understanding. Invited Keynote presentation given at the Pan-Korea Teachers of English Annual Conference, Bukyong National University, Korea.

McVee, M. & Miller, S.M. (2012, December). Embodied teaching and learning in the context of multimodal digital composing. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Council. San Diego.

Miller, S.M. (2012, November). Changing the game in urban schools: Teaching for embodied learning with DV composing. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Las Vegas.

Miller, S.M. (2012, April). Teachers’ video analysis of their innovative pedagogies: Embodied thinking toward adaptive expertise. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, Canada.

Miller, S.M. (2011, November). Multimodal composing through literature: Effortful attention, Immersive reading and DV meta-texts in classrooms. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Chicago.

Miller, S.M. (2010, December). Digital video composing as student learning tool: Findings from a two-year study in urban schools. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Council. Fort Worth, Texas.

Miller, S.M. (2009, November). Towards a multimodal literacy pedagogy: Transforming the teaching/teacher education landscape. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Miller, S.M. (2008, November). Multimodal literacy practice in English class. Presentation given at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Miller, S. (2008, March). Towards a multimodal literacy practice: Digital video composing as teacher and student learning tool. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.

Miller, S.M. (2007, February). Digital video composing as a multimodel literacy tool for the 21st century. Invited paper presented at the 21st Century Literacy Impact Conference, University of California at Berkeley.

Miller, S.M. (2007, March). What is English education? Invited paper presented at the 58th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York.

Miller, S.M. (2007, April) Digital video composing as a multimodal learning tool in urban schools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Miller, S. (2007, April). New literacies with an attitude: Transformative teacher education through digital video composing. Paper delivered at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Miller, S. (2007, November). Teacher learning for “New Times”: Digital video composing as multimodal inquiry. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. New York, NY.

Miller, S.M. (2006, October). What counts as English in 21st century schools? Expanding teacher and student learning towards new multimodal literacies. Paper presented at the "Why English?"Conference, University of Oxford, England.

Miller, S.M. (2006, October). Reconstructing English education for the 21st century: Highlights from the Conference on English Education, Policy, and Leadership Summit. Invited paper presented at the "Why English?" Conference, University at Oxford, England.