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Dr. Sallie Miller - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Dr. Sallie Miller

Teacher Education, Leadership & Counseling

Academic Areas

Dr. Miller's areas of expertise include college, unit, and program assessment (model design, data analysis, use, and reporting) and accreditation; designing and implementing course validation assessments (publication in progress); working with educators using evidence-based reading research; providing reading diagnostic and intervention workshops; supervising in-service and pre-service teachers in diagnostic and prescriptive reading instruction; and writing curriculum. Dr. Miller's clinical background is extensive in teaching children, adolescents, and adults to read across grade bands and subject areas.

Dr. Miller served as the primary owner of Workforce Education Services. During this time, Dr. Miller worked with companies (e.g., Chrysler Corporation, Russell Corporation, Fieldcrest Cannon) in training their workforce.

Miller’s top four research interests include:

  • Developing teacher candidate assessments focused on candidate professional behaviors and dispositions cited most frequently by the Georgia School Districts Human Resource Departments. For more information on Dr. Miller’s work in this area, visit the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators GATEways Journal at GATEways 2017 fall (Volume 28, Issue 1).
  • Using assessment and appropriate intervention strategies as essential components in teaching reading and writing across the grade bands and subject areas.
  • Collaborating with teacher candidates and classroom teachers in using evidence-based interventions to help those students who struggle with reading and writing is a high-level interest.
  • Working with national accreditors in evaluating college and university education programs is a great interest as the educational landscape continues to change; with this change, national accreditation reviews will most likely become even more critical. 


  • 1993, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama —Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
    • Major: Vocational and Adult Education, Presented the Auburn University Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Award
    • Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Writing a basic skills curriculum, i.e., survival skills for welfare moms and their children.
    • Certification in Adult Education
    • Dissertation Title: Predictors of Grade-Level Advancement in a Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program. –Title II of the Family Support Act created the JOBS program for recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
  • 1987, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia —Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Concentration: Economics
    • Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Management
  • 1984, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia —Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
    • Major: Finance
    • Supporting Area: Accounting (50 credit hours)

Georgia Active Certifications

  • Reading Education (P–12), Level 7
  • Adult Education, Level 7

Vitae Highlights

Selected Service on the National Level

  • Nationally, Dr. Miller serves (or served) as a Site Visitor for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. During Fall Semester 2020, Dr. Miller served on a site visit and was responsible for Standard 4 (Initial Candidates), Standard 4-A (Advanced Candidates), and Diversity (Fall Semester 2020).
  • Title II Coordinator, 2007 - June 30, 2020
  • Institutional and Program Report Card Coordinator, 2009 - June 30, 2020
  • Co-CAEP Coordinator for Annual Reporting, 2012 - June 30, 2020
  • CSU Lead CAEP Coordinator for Standard 4, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Selected Service on the State Level

  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission's, Program Preparation Effectiveness Measure Program Advisory Council Member (Invited Membership, 2007–2020)
  • Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators Coordinator, 2007 - June 30, 2020
  • Georgia Site Visitor for State Program Accreditation (2016–2020) ▪ GaPSC Assessment Advisory Panel Member (2012–2020)

Selected Leadership Activities

Dr. Miller’s leadership style is situational; therefore, decisions are made based on carefully evaluating the situation and those involved. This leadership style tends to be the fairest and most effective.
Selected past professional organization and leadership activity:

  • Past President of the Georgia Reading Association
  • Past President of the Georgia Assessment Directors' Association Received a Leadership Award presented by the Georgia Assessment Directors Association members

Selected Professional Activities

  • Copious Articles (most recently are two peer-reviewed journal research publications on teacher candidate Professional Behaviors and Dispositions)
  • Chair for the College Assessment Committee
  • Appointed Member for the Academic Standards Committee (2012–2020)
  • Past Chair of the University and College Graduate Councils
  • Past Director for LiveText (2012–2016)
  • Member of the College Leadership Committee (2007–2020)
  • Chair for the School Districts’ Human Resource Directors and Superintendents’ Educator Preparation Program Council (2014-June 2020)
  • Presentations and Invited Speaker Dr. Miller, Professor of Reading, was a guest speaker and group leader on College and Career Readiness at the DoDEA 21st Century Schools Conference. Attendees included teachers and administrators from the school systems from seven military bases in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
  • National, State, and Local Reporting (report publication)
  • Research Projects
  • National and State Professional Organization Active Memberships and Officer
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