Will Miller

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Meet Will Miller
Professor, Chair, Public Administration Department, Director, Doctoral Program in Public Administration



  • B.A. in Sociology (Concentration in Social Work), Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (1973)
  • Masters in Divinity, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis (1977)
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from St. Louis University (1991)


  • Learning should be active and, as much as possible, tailored to the needs of the student and the community. Before coming to UIS, I worked 16 years at the University of Arkansas on the political science faculty. Previous to that, I worked as a policy analyst at St. Louis University, a community organizer, a welfare reform staff person and in a variety of religious settings.

Interesting facts:

  • I love gadgets and computers. I spend a lot of time outdoors. I have a black belt in judo.

Learning philosophy:

  • The motivation to teach and learn effectively is all the more intense for me when it serves as training for public service, especially public service to the most vulnerable. I get bored easily and I assume that students do as well. Learning should be active and, as much as possible, tailored to the needs of the student and the community.

Research interests:

  • Presently my research is in two main areas. First, I am working on the employment patterns for minorities in public school districts. I hope to move this into links between diversity and outcomes. Secondly, I am developing research in online education. I am always open to working with nonprofit and governmental groups on most any issue.

Major project underway:

  • I have a special agreement with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which provides my colleague and I access to employment data for every school district in the U.S.

Listen to Professor Miller on how judo relates to learning:

Advice to prospective students:

  • While a degree is necessary, it is not the most important thing. The best use of your time at UIS is in developing your capacity for learning and an agenda for lifelong study. If you develop a passion for learning and constantly use what you learn to improve your practice, you have the best chance of being successful.

Best thing about UIS:

  • The best thing about UIS is the commitment of many here to public affairs and public service.