sj Miller

Deputy Director of Education, Equity, Supports & Services

sj Miller, Ph.D., a transdisciplinary award winning teacher/writer/activist/scholar, is Deputy Director of Educational Equity Supports and Services at Metro Center and Research Faculty in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. sj’s research is framed around transdisciplinary perspectives on social justice, which cut across theory, epistemology and pedagogy and links across socio-spatial justice, Urban Education, preservice and inservice secondary language arts teacher dispositions, and marginalized/undervalued student literacies and identities.

Currently, sj is Academic Studies Member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Advisory Board for the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE); Advisor for GLSEN'S Educator Advisory Committee; AERA Division G Affirmative Action Officer; Consultant for the College Board and AP Literature and Composition Table Leader; Senior Advisor for PBS Learning Media about Teaching Transgender YouthAdvisory Board member for Routledge’s Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in EducationJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The New Educator, and Journal of Literacy Research; and, UNESCO representative for the United States to develop Education for Peace and Sustainable Development in India with the Mohathma Gandhi Institute. sj helped draft the Beliefs Statement about Social Justice in English Education and pass the NCTE Resolution on Social Justice in Literacy Education, which informed the newly-vetted CAEP Social Justice Standard 6-the first ever standard in the United States that advances social justice work in teacher preparation. sj helped co-establish, with David Kirkland, the newly vetted NCTE Resolution and CEE Commission for Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline andis Peter Lang series co-editor of Social Justice Across Contexts in Education, and the new series Queering Teacher Education Across Contexts

Notably, sj won the 2005 Article of the Year Award from the English Journal for “Shattering Images of Violence in Young Adult Literature: Strategies for the Classroom,” and co-authored Unpacking the Loaded Teacher Matrix: Negotiating Space and Time Between University and Secondary English Classrooms which received the Richard A. Meade award from NCTE. sj co-authored Narratives of Social Justice Teaching: How English Teachers Negotiate Theory and Practice Between Preservice and Inservice Spacesand Change Matters: Critical Essays on Moving Social Justice Research from Theory to Policy. Recently, sj was selected as 2015 recipient of the Joanne Arnold Courage and Commitment Award for contributions to advocacy and education in the lives of LGBTQ people and beyond, and was recently awarded the 2017 AERA Exemplary Research Award for Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework.

sj’s works have appeared in a number of journals including English Education, English Journal, Alan ReviewTeacher Education and Practice, Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, the Educational Leadership Quarterly, Social Sciences and Teachers College Record. Additional books by sj include: Generation Bullied 2.0: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for our most Vulnerable Students and Educators Queering Academia: Critical Memoirs.

In media, sj recently appeared in a feature documentary, Gender: The Space Between on CBS, and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, CBS News, and PBS.