Dr. John W. Miller
| Dr. John W. Miller
retired from his duties as the 12th president of Central Connecticut State University
in Septermber 2016.
He first produced
The America's Most Literate Cities rankings in
2003. Since then, Miller's annual rankings
have grown increasingly popular and have been
featured regularly in USA Today
and over a wide range of other national and
international print and online publications
such as: US News & World Report,
The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice,
Reuters, AP Online, UPI, Asian News
International, as well as on
many other local, national, and international
sites, while also making numerous appearances
in the broadcast media: CNN, ABC Radio, as
well as on nearly every TV and radio outlet in
the 70 cities ranked in the study.
Conservative estimate puts the audience for
the survey now at well over 150 million,
worldwide. As an indication of its penetration
of the national cultural awareness, AMLC has
also been featured on the Colbert
Report and on Saturday Night
In 2016, Miller surveyed
the World's Most Literate Nations and ranked
61 nations according to how well those nations
support the literate behaviors of their
populace. It is a companion to Miller's book
(co-authored with Michael C. McKenna)
World Literacy: How Countries Rank and
Why It Matters (Routledge,
2016). For the online survey, tap
Prior to coming to Connecticut, Miller served as the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for six years, where he originated
his pioneering study of America’s most literate cities. He has also been Dean of the College of Education at Florida State University from 1993-1999. He served as a professor and an administrator at Georgia Southern University and Wichita State University. Miller has taught students in public education from the elementary to doctoral degree levels in the United States, Costa Rica, England, and South Africa. He has lectured in many other countries, including Ireland and Sweden.
Miller’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University (1969), a master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University (1972) and a doctorate degree in education from Purdue University (1975).
He has received numerous national awards, including the Excellence in Diversity award from the Brothers of the Academy for his commitment to
access, retention, and graduation of
underrepresented students in
higher education in 2005, and the Pacesetter Award from the National Academic Advisory Association as CEO of the year in 2003. His annual study of America’s Most Literate Cities has been published by USA Today, and recognized in over 100 of the largest daily newspapers and on National Public Radio.
He has presented 56 refereed papers to 16 different learned societies in the United States and internationally in countries such as France and Jordan. He has also given numerous invited addresses and served as a consultant to over 40 educational agencies in the U.S. and other countries. He has published 43 articles in national and international journals, including publications in journals such as Educational Researcher and Journal of Educational Psychology. He has also authored 10 book chapters, two major monographs disseminated by international associations, four books, and three series of electronic and print instructional materials.
Miller has served as Principal Investigator and written 19 research and training proposals funded for a total of $4.5 million by state, federal, and private agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Education, Bell South Foundation, and Foundation for Improvement of Postsecondary Education.
He has served on boards of directors for both private corporations and public non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Victim Assistance Program, Educational Assessment Systems, Inc., Farmers and Merchants Bank, St. Coletta’s of Wisconsin for Developmentally Disabled Citizens, Jefferson Literacy Council, and The Renaissance Group.
Jack and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children: Lauren, Elizabeth, and Raymond.