Dr. Erin Miller is an Assistant Professor of Language and Diversity in the Reading and Elementary Education Department. She teaches undergraduate courses in elementary language arts methods and diversity in urban education. Miller's special areas of interests are early literacy, anti-racist teaching pedagogies, critical whiteness studies, white teacher identities and ethnographic methodologies. She is currently serving as chair of the Early Childhood Education Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English and investigating signs and symbols of whiteness with elementary aged children.
A national project designed to create a space within NCTE for supporting early childhood educators of color and educators who teach children of color in developing, evaluating, and disseminating culturally relevant literacy practices in pre-k through third grade classrooms.
The primary purpose of this research is to develop a focused unit of instruction on educating African American males within two sections of a course entitled Multicultural Education: Modifying Instruction for Urban Learners (ELED 4292) that is currently taught in the Reading and Elementary Education Department (REEL) of the College of Education at UNCC.
This project was a one year ethnographic study looking at how race is constructed during the early years by examining the lives of three young white children in order to identify and examine racialized discourses in their worlds.
This was a one year collaborative project in an Early Childhood Education teacher education program that aimed to recruit and teach students interested in centering their pre-service teacher education program on issues of equity in education.
Dr. Miller is currently working in collaboration with United Community School in Charlotte, N.C. to explore critical literacy practices with elementary aged learners. She also co-directs America Reads with Dr. Bruce Taylor. America Reads is a federal work study program that places college student tutors in local elementary school to work 1-1 with children around areas of literacy.
2015 Discourses of Whiteness and Blackness: An Ethnographic Study of Three Children Learning to be White (Miller, 2015) chosen for Key Research Collection in Critical Race Theory in Education, Taylor and Francis Online.
2011 Featured on NCATE’s Blue Ribbon Panel Report - Stories from the Field: Transforming Teacher Education through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers [pdf]: http://ncate.ed.sc.edu/index.htm
Miller, E. (in press). From Being to Becoming: The Racialization of White Women. In & Hancock, S. & Warren, C. (Eds). White Woman’s Work: Examining the Intersectionality of Cultural Norms, Teaching, and Identity Formation in Urban Schools. Scottsdale, AZ: Information Age Publishing
Kissel, B. & Miller, E. (2015). Creative Transformations: Shifting Identities, Countering Narratives, and Exerting Curricula in Pre-Kindergarten Writers’ Workshops. The Reading Teacher, 69 (1), 77-86.