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Janet L. Miller Collection
A.B., Grove City College; M.A., University of Rochester;
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Feminist curriculum theorizing. Constructions of teachers' identities in collaboration and school reform efforts. Issues of representation, especially in autobiographical and biographical forms.
Janet L. Miller earned her M.A. in English Education from the University of Rochester, New York, and her Ph.D. in Humanities Education and Curriculum Theory from The Ohio State University. She taught high school English for seven years and has been teaching at the university level since 1979. She currently is Professor and Coordinator of Programs in English Education/The Teaching of English at Teachers College and Co-Chair of the Teacher Education Policy Committee.
Active in the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for many years, she was elected Vice President of AERA for Division B-Curriculum Studies for the 1997-1999 term, and elected AERA Secretary of Division B for the 1990-1992 term. She was 1994 Chair of the Division's Dissertation Award Committee, and served as a Program Section Chair (for Curriculum Theorizing) for the Division's 1996 Annual Meeting Program. She also served as Chair of the Nominating Committee for Division B for the 1999-2000 term. In addition, she was elected Chair of the AERA Critical Issues in Curriculum Special Interest Group from 1988 through 1990.
Janet was elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies for the 2001-2004 term, and re-elected President for a second term. In 1991, Janet received Hofstra University's Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication for her book, Creating Spaces and Finding Voices: Teachers Collaborating for Empowerment. In 1992, she received the James N. Britton Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for that same book. In 1998, she was awarded National-Louis University's University-wide Faculty Excellence in Research Award, and in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Teachers College, Columbia University.
As Managing Editor of JCT: The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing since its inception in 1978 through 1998, Janet also served for many years as Program Chair of the JCT-sponsored Bergamo Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice. Her research and teaching interests focus on intersections of curriculum and feminist theories, constructions of teacher subjectivities in collaborative school reform and research efforts, and biography and autobiography as postmodern forms of qualitative inquiry. Her work has been published in a number of international refereed journals, including Curriculum Inquiry, Educational Theory, Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, Educational Foundations, English Journal, Journal of Curriculum Studies, English Education, and JCT, among others. As well, she has authored over twenty-five book chapters. Janet is the author of Creating Spaces and Finding Voices: Teachers Collaborating for Empowerment (State University of New York Press, 1990) and Co-Editor, with William C. Ayers, of A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation (Teachers College Press, 1998). A collection of her writing from 1978 through 2004, Sounds of Silence Breaking: Women, Autobiography, Curriculum (Peter Lang Publishing), was published in 2005. She recently received one of two Teachers College Tenured Faculty Research Awards for the 2003-2004 academic year for her current research, tentatively entitled "Convergences: A Collaborative Biography of Maxine Greene."
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