Instructure Names UVU’s Dr. Ronald Miller as One of Six 2022 Educators of the Year | News @ UVU | News @ UVU

Dr. Ronald Miller of Utah Valley University (UVU) was named one of six
infrastructure Educators of the Year 2022, a prestigious annual award. Among several impressive nominations this year, Instructure chose six educators who best demonstrate their dedication and love for their students, as well as their passion for quality education.

“To be honest, I’m grateful, but I also feel very indebted to the people I learned from,” Miller said. “Teachers giving examples of what they’ve done well, as well as students giving comments like, ‘Hey, it works,’ ‘It doesn’t,’ or, you know, ‘It works, but exists there a way to make it work better?’ Grateful, but again, very indebted to the people and groups who are willing to share.

Instructure’s Educator of the Year awards are judged on the following criteria: How does this teacher reshape classroom activities based on evidence to help students achieve their academic goals? (50%); How does this educator’s classroom experience promote inclusion and improve achievement for at-risk populations? (25%); How does this educator inspire students, spark curiosity, and support student growth and achievement? (25%)

Sean Nufer, a former Miller student and current professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and senior director of teaching and learning at the TCS Education System, felt that Miller fit the bill and nominated Miller for the award.

“All of his lessons focus on students excelling in all aspects of their lives,” Nufer said. “And everything he does professionally in the classroom, on committees and in meetings is focused on ‘How can I help these students? What more can I do? »

Miller is a professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Operations at UVU’s Woodbury School of Business (WSB). His favorite subject to teach is statistics, which he believes is applicable and valuable in a wide range of fields. As a visiting scholar at Harris Manchester College and the University of Oxford, Miller has an impressive resume of international work in countries including Ghana, Mexico, India, Philippines, Fiji, China, Tonga, etc. His publications and presentations explore several areas of scientific research, including business, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and game theory.

During the pursuit of his doctorate, Miller never imagined himself as an educator – he expected to end up using statistics in a business context. But he was compelled by a teaching job offer from Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYUH) and discovered his passion for education.

Because of Miller’s reputation as an accommodating instructor, potentially at-risk students seek him out and he helps them excel. He finds it very rewarding when a student is curious – not only understanding the subject they are teaching, but wanting to learn more and figuring out how to apply their knowledge of the subject to achieve their goals and her dreams.

Bonnie Mortensen, assistant dean of the Woodbury School of Business, said that although Miller is too modest to say it himself, Miller “has single-handedly updated our business statistics courses. He’s the member of the faculty who presented analyze, an industry standard tool, in its class. In the WSB, he’s a rock star – students really seek him out by word of mouth. He was the reason several students graduated.

Miller said he was inspired by his own instructors who were enthusiastic about the subject they were teaching and didn’t make him feel like a fool asking questions. He was greatly influenced by a professor at the graduate school who allowed him to spend hours in his office asking questions. “I think it’s the enthusiasm of the teachers, but also the patience while someone is learning that marks a good teacher,” Miller said.

“Dr. Miller is hands-on, which inspires me to do my own research and focus my attention on what I can use beyond being a student,” said Garth Talbot, one of Miller students at WSB.” Academically, Dr. Miller was the first person to share with me the purpose of UVU – that the university be focused on students and student success, and not on teachers and teachers’ publications.”

Miller said UVU is his favorite place where he has taught because of the university’s laser focus on student success. “In Senate meetings, meetings with the President,
[and] meetings in my department and at the Woodbury School of Business, if something helps a student, there’s not really a debate. It’s, ‘Okay, if this helps students, how can we help you?’ “, did he declare.

He loves how the administration and faculty at UVU constantly ask questions about how to empower students, fund programs and initiatives, and ensure students have software, opportunities and small classes.

“Sometimes at other universities the focus is on the faculty,” Miller said, “or the administration has its own focus, but at UVU it’s always the student… If more people realized how much UVU could empower them as students, I think many, many more would come to UVU.

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