2016 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Thomas Miller

V.P. for Student Affairs,  University of South Florida



  Dr. Thomas E. Miller serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of South Florida, appointed to this position following a national search in 2013.

  Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor of College Student Affairs in the Department of Psychological and Social Foundations of the College of Education at the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, a position he assumed in August of 2006.  He moved to that position from an earlier post as Dean of Students at USF, which he held since 2001.  Before that time, he was the senior student affairs administrator


at Eckerd College and earlier held a similar post at Canisius College.  He has also worked in student affairs positions at Indiana University and at Shippensburg University.  Dr. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and master and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. 


  Dr. Miller is the author of many journal articles and book chapters, and his most recently published work is Promoting Reasonable Expectations, with Barbara Bender and John Schuh.  In addition to the issues associated with student expectations of the college-going experience, his writing has focused on student persistence and on legal issues in student affairs.  Dr. Miller has recently completed a new book, Risk Management in Student Affairs.  Dr. Miller was a member of the NASPA Journal Editorial Board for twelve years.


  The teaching responsibilities assumed by Dr. Miller at the University of South Florida have included courses at the master and doctoral levels in general student affairs administration, legal issues, management issues, and career development.  He has also designed and instructed courses for professional football and baseball players, focused on career issues.


  Dr. Miller served two terms on the NASPA Board of Directors and has been on several Annual Conference planning committees.  He has been on the faculty for NASPA’s Stevens Institute for Senior Student Affairs Administrators.  He received the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean from NASPA in 2002 and was chosen as a Pillar of the Profession in 2004.  He has been on more than a dozen institutional accreditation teams and NCAA Certification review teams.  He received the Elizabeth Greenleaf Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indiana University’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Program in 1989. Dr. Miller received an administrative Fulbright Award in 1992 for the review of higher education in several countries in Europe.  He currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of BACCHUS/GAMMA Peer Education Network and of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

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