Professional Bio

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Special Education, University of Florida 2007
    • Area of Concentration:  Prevention of and remediation of Reading and Behavioral Disorders; Teacher Education in Special Education
  • Master of Education in Education, University of Florida 2003
    • Specialization in Special Education/Reading Interventions/Behavior Disorders
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Florida
    • Specialization in Special Education
Professional Credentials & Memberships
  • Council for Exceptional Children Divisions:  Teacher Education Division, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders
  • International Literacy Association
  • National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certified in Severe Disabilities
  • Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA)

Research and Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor and Special Education Program Coordinator, College of Professional Studies, Regis University, 2014-Present
  • Assistant Professor and Special Education Program Coordinator, School of Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  2007-2014
  • Faculty Fellow Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute  2007-2014
  • Project PASS:  Promoting Academic and Social Success, University of Florida, 2003-2007
  • Project ABC:  Access to Book for Children, University of Florida, 2004-2006
  • Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University, 2004-2005
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Education, University of Florida, 2004-2007
Academic & Professional Experience

    • SIOP (Structured Instruction Observation Protocol) Training for English Language Learners
    • Foundations of Reading Exam Online Module Task Force North Carolina Teacher Certification Exam Selection Task Force
    • Teacher Education Division of CEC, Student Representative
    • Beyond Behavior, Special Guest Co-Editor for academic interventions special issue (2007)
    • Preventing School Failure, Special Guest Reviewer for autism themed special issue (2008)
    • Beyond Behavior, Reviewer
    • Council for Exceptional Children, Conference Reviewer
    • Remedial and Special Education, Reviewer
    • Inclusion: Highly Effective Practices for All Students (McLeskey, Rosenberg, and Westling), Book Reviewer
    • Special Education for Today’s Teachers (Rosenberg, Westling, and McLeskey), Book Reviewer

    Public Teaching Experience

    • Special Education Teacher, Marion County Public Schools, FL, 1993-1997; 2000-2003
    • Special Education Case Manager, Anchorage Public Schools, AK, 1997-2000

    Research & Scholarship

    Book Chapters

    • Galloway, T., Miller, M. Jordan, S.L., & O’Brien, C. (2011). Reforming general education to improve outcomes: RTI, UDL, and Positive Behavioral Support. In C. O’Brien & J. Beattie (Eds.), Teaching students with special needs: A guide for future educators. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
    • Miller, M.A. & Fenty, N.S. (2009).  Functional academic adaptive skills. In P. Harrison & T. Oakland (Eds.), Adaptive behavior assessment system II: Clinical use and interpretation (93-112). Elsevier:  San Diego, CA.
    • Parks, K.P., Loman, S. & Miller, M.A. (2009).  Social skills instruction for students with severe disabilities.  In P. Harrison & T. Oakland (Eds.), Adaptive behavior assessment system II: Clinical use and interpretation (197-214). Elsevier:  San Diego, CA.
    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    • Miller, M.A., Fenty, N.S., & Scott, T.M. (2011). An examination of the effects of social skills instruction in the context of small-group reading instruction.  Remedial and Special Education, 32(5).
    • Fenty, N.S., Miller, M.A., & Lampi, A.R. (2008).  20 ways to successfully embed social skills instruction in the inclusive curriculum.  Intervention in School and Clinic, 43(3), 186-192.
    • Al Otaiba, S., Conner, C., Lane, H., Kosanovich, M.L., Schatschneider, C., Dyrlund, A.K., Miller, M.A., & Wright, T.L. (2008).  Reading First Kindergarten classroom instruction and student growth in phonological awareness, letter naming, and decoding fluency.  Journal of School Psychology, 46(3), 281-314.
    • Miller, M. A. (2005) Using peer tutoring in the classroom: Applications for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.  Beyond Behavior, 15(1).
    • Fenty, N.S., Strout, M.T., Beaunae,C., Stetson, A.R. & Miller, M.A. (2004).  Taking a grassroots approach: What teachers can do to gain a voice in educational policy. Florida Reading Quarterly, 41, 12-15

      Selected Refereed Unpublished Research/ Oral Presentations

      • Oakes, W. P., Harris, P., Lane, K. L., & Miller, M.S. (2011). Supporting students with EBD within the context of three-tiered models of support: Where do we go from here? A Panel Discussion. A panel discussion presented at Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders 35rd Annual Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, AZ.
      • Miller, M.S., Jordan, A.W., & Zorigian, K. A.  (2011). Embedding social skills instruction within guided reading lessons in K-12 clasrooms. A paper discussion presented at Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders 35rd Annual Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, AZ.
      • O’Brien, C., Jordan, L., Miller, M.S. (2011). Effects of training in the inference strategy on end-of-grade reading performance. Paper presented at the 2011 Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference. Washington D.C.
      • Miller, M.S., Jordan, A.W., & Zorigian, K.A. (2011). Using differentiated instruction models in secondary classrooms: Improving the motivation of at-risk adolescents. Paper presented at the 2011 American Educational Research Association’s Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
      • Miller, M.S., Anderson, J., Jordan, A.W., & Zorigian, K.A. (2010) Ways to get kids talking about the content areas: Reading groups across grade levels in science and social studies classrooms. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference. Nashville, Tennessee.
      • Miller, M.S., Zorigian, K.A., Jordan, A., & Anderson, J. (2010). Using collaborative reading groups in the content areas to improve motivation in students with learning and behavior problems. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders’ annual conference. Kansas City, Missouri..
      • Fenty, N.S., Butler, T.W., Miller, M.A., Lingo, A.S. (2009). The effects of computer-based and print-based fluency instruction on students at risk for reading failure. Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading’s annual conference.  Boston, Massachusetts.
      • Miller, M.A., Nichols, K., Schieman, B.L. & Wright-Butler, T. (2009). Project ABC123: Promoting school readiness in literacy and mathematics. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference. Seattle, Washington.
      • Miller, M.A., Bentsen, E.A., Schieman, B.L., & Zorigian, K.A. (2009) Improving the social and communication skills of students with autism. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference. Seattle, Washington.
      • Miller, M.A., Zorigian, K.A., & Jordan, A. (2009). Improving the writing and reading comprehension of students with behavior problems using web-based publishing. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders’ annual conference.  Kansas City, Missouri.
      • Bentsen, E.A., Miller, M.A., & Kingsley, S. (2009). Teacher interactions with students with behavior/learning problems in inclusive classrooms. A paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders’ annual conference.  Kansas City, Missouri.
      • Miller, M.A., Fenty, N.S., & Lingo, A.S. (2009).  Using technology to improve reading comprehension in students with disabilities: A cross-university study. A poster presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders’ annual conference.  Kansas City, Missouri.
      • Butler, T.W., Lane, H.B., & Miller, M.A. (2008). Vocabulary and comprehension with children in primary grades: A comparison of instructional strategies. Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading’s annual conference.  Asheville, North Carolina.
      • Miller, M.A. & Fenty, N.S. (2008).  Social skills instruction as a targeted group intervention. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Kansas City, Missouri.
      • O’Brien, C. P. & Miller, M.A. (2006).  The multi-university meeting as an induction experience for future leaders in special education.  Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, California.
      • Fenty, N.S., Miller, M.A. & League, M. (2006).  In-service teachers’ perspectives about online and traditional learning environments.  Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, California.
      • Miller, M.A., Payne, L.D., Scott, T.M., & Fenty, N.S. (2006).  Project PASS:  A model system for early prevention of reading and behavioral failure.  Paper presented at the International Conference for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Reno, Nevada.
      • Fenty, N.S., Miller, M.A., & Scott, T.M. (2006).  Integrating social skills instruction into a guided reading curriculum. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Kansas City, Missouri.
      • Miller, M.A., & Fenty, N.S. (2005, November). Promoting academic and social success through a three tiered model of intervention. Panel Presentation for the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Portland, Maine.
      • Wright, T.L., Hall, M.B., & Miller, M.A. (2005, November).  Reading instruction in an era of accountability.  Poster Presentation for the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Portland, Maine.
      • Miller, M.A., & Fenty, N.S. (2005, April). Project PASS: Promoting academic and social success. Panel Discussion at the Kaleidoscope Session for the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Baltimore, Maryland.
      • Payne, L.D., Scott, T., & Miller, M. (April, 2005). Demonstrating implementation of schoolwide positive behavior support: A step-by-step process. Council for  Exceptional Children Annual Convention and Expo, Baltimore, Maryland.
      • Miller, M.A, Fenty, N.S, Scott, T.M., & Corbett, N.  (2005, February). Connecting reading and behavior as part of a school-wide plan: Implementation and results. Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Kansas City, Missouri.

        Awards & Recognition

        Professional Awards

          • University of North Carolina Distinguished Post Baccalaureate Teaching and Mentoring Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
          • Graduate Student Association Exemplary Teaching Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

          Grants Awarded

          • Department of Public Instruction IHE Partnership: Improving the literacy and mathematics instruction of students with special needs through professional development opportunities. $25,000 annually North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (2011-2014)
          • Social Science Seed Grant for Multidisciplinary Research: Using Collaborative Reading Groups in Inclusive Science Classrooms $12,000 annually, The Odum Institute (2009-2013)
          • Online Course Development Award $15,000  LEARN NC Carolina Online Teacher Program (2010-2013)


          Community Involvement & Service

          Service to the Profession:
          • Teacher Education Division of CEC, Student Representative
          • Teacher Education Division of CEC, Faculty Mentor
          • Beyond Behavior, Special Guest Co-Editor for academic interventions special issue (2007)
          • Preventing School Failure, Special Guest Reviewer for autism themed special issue (2008)
          • Beyond Behavior, Reviewer
          • Council for Exceptional Children, Conference Reviewer
          • Remedial and Special Education, Reviewer

           Service to Regis University:

          • Special Education Program Coordinator
          • Accreditation Coordinator
          • ADA Task Force Member
          • Colorado Consortium of Special Education Teacher Educators  (CCSETE) University Representative