People

Christopher Miller

Educational Policy Studies Faculty Affiliate

Christopher Miller's research focuses on the diversity of school districts in the USA through an ecoevolutionary approach to organizations. He studies how the variability in organizational structures of school districts impact curriculum management, especially science curriculum and in particular how district central offices support elementary science teaching through such structures as K-12 departments. He is currently investigating the impact of NCLB on elementary science teaching.

 

Education

2005 - PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
1980 - BA, University of Chicago, Botany

 

Research & Teaching Interests

Miller's research focuses on the diversity of school districts in the USA through an ecoevolutionary approach to organizations. He studies how the variability in organizational structures of school districts impact curriculum management, especially science curriculum and in particular how district central offices support elementary science teaching through such structures as K-12 departments. He is currently investigating the impact of NCLB on elementary science teaching.

Miller currently teaches research methods at the graduate level. For undergraduates, teaches courses on education foundations.

 

Selected Publications

Miller, C. L. District leadership for science education: Using K-12 departments to support elementary science education under NCLB. Science Educator, 19(2), 22-30.

Miller, C. L. Accountability policy implementation and the case of smaller schools district capacity: Three contrasting cases that examine the flow and use of NCLB accountability data. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 9, 384-420.

Smylie, M. A., Miller, C. L., & Westbrook, K. P. (2008). The work of teachers. In T. L. Good (Ed.), 21st century education: A reference handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Miller, C. L. (2006). [Review of the book Meaningful urban education reform: Confronting the learning crisis in mathematics and science]. Science Education, 90(2), 381-383. 

 

Honors & Awards

2010 - Fellowship, The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

2010 - UIC Sliver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching 

 

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Miller, C. L. (2010, March). District Leadership for Science Education: Using K-12 Departments to Support Elementary Science Education under NCLB. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, PA. [A later version of this paper was published in Science Educator]

Miller, C. L. (2009, April). What Curriculum Director? Central Office Capacity in Small School Districts under NCLB. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Miller, C. L. (2008, April). The Impact of State Testing under NCLB on Elementary Science Curriculum. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, MD. 

Miller, C. L. (2007, April). Variations in school district governance structures under NCLB. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Miller, C. L. (2006, November). Organizational Responses of School Districts to the No Child Left Behind Act: Variations in the Management of Test Data and Curriculum. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration, San Antonio, TX.

Miller, C. L. (2005, November). Considering organizational structures in the responses of school districts to the Adequate Yearly Progress provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the University Council on Educational Administration, Nashville, TN.