University of Vermont

Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Fayneese Miller

Fayneese Miller

Fayneese Miller, Ph.D.Dean, Professor

Contact Information:
Waterman 309

Fayneese Miller is dean of the College of Education and Social Services and professor of Human Development, Educational Leadership and Social Policy at the University of Vermont. Dr. Miller is a social psychologist who specializes in the psychosocial development of youth, with special emphasis on alienation, social identity, and cross-racial friendships. Dr. Miller serves on the U.S. Department of Justice's National Truancy Prevention Association (NTPA) Board. Her work includes a study on perceptions of racial/ethnic bias for the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a project on school-based truancy courts for the Rhode Island Family Court. She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science Task Force on diversity in higher education and the Annie Casey Foundation and Joint Center for Political Studies focus group on reproductive health. Dr. Miller is a member of the Vermont State Board of Education.

Areas of Expertise:

Academic Achievement; Adolescent Development; Assessment and Evaluation; Criminal Justice; Diversity, Access, and Equity; Educational Policy; English Language Learners; Gender Studies; Higher Education; Human Development and Identity; Immigrant and Refugee Populations; International and Global Studies; Leadership; Learning and Cognition; Mental Health; Multiculturalism; Native American Populations; Organizational Development; Psychology; Race and Racism; Religion and Education; Research Methods; Restorative Justice; School Transformation; Social Justice; Social Policy

  • Adolescent Development: Research focused on the ways in which youth respond to and and perceive self within various cultural contexts. specifically, research focused on alienation vs. social integration, cross-cultural friendships, identity development, and truancy.
  • Leadership: Writings on leadership within higher education.

Current Projects:

Asian Studies Outreach Program, Brown's Response to Improving Teacher Education (BRITE), International Education Clearinghouse, Truancy Prevention Project


Selected Publications

  • Miller, F.S. (in press). Fifty years later: Understanding and responding to the challenges, Implications, and legacy of Little Rock Nine and Sputnik for Colleges of Education. Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum.
  • Miller, F.S. (in preparation). Expectations, best practices, and behavioral options in response to truancy: A benchbook for Family Court Judges. NTPA/OJJDP.
  • Walls, Leon & Miller, Fayneese (2010). Women of color in sciences. In Richard Johnson & Gigi Harris (eds.). Women of color: Taking their rightful place in leadership. San Diego, CA: Birkdale Publishers.
  • Miller, F.S. (2010). Untangling the ivy vines: Negotiating the brambles and thorns in search of a rose. In Richard Johnson & Gigi Harris (eds). Women of color: Taking their rightful place in leadership. San Diego, CA: Birkdale Publishers.
  • Miller, F. S., & Findley, L. (2008). The changing face of higher education. ACE Council of Fellows Newsletter, 30 (1).
  • Miller, F.S. (2006). GearUp Progress Report. Submitted to GearUp, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
  • Miller, F.S. (1997). Facing the future: The status of affirmative action in the 21st century. American Behavioral Scientist, 41, 197-279.
  • Miller, F.S. (accepted). School based truancy courts, alienation, and achievement motivation among urban youth. In William F. Tate & Carol Camp Yeakey (eds.), Schools, neighborhoods, and social inequality. Advances in Research in Diverse Communities. Oxford, England: Elsevier, Inc.


  • Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Texas Christian University
  • M.S. in Experimental Social Psychology from Texas Christian University
  • B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Moral Education (AME), Association for Psychological Science (APS), Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)