University of Wisconsin–Madison

2016 Academy Award Winner: Sarah Miller

miller-profilepic5The Teaching Academy is excited to congratulate Sarah Miller on receiving the 2016 Academy Award! Sarah Miller is a nationally renowned leader in teaching and learning in higher education. Named a National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences, she has mentored hundreds of faculty, graduate students, and postdocs in teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and nationally.

Her work focuses on advancing access to learner-centered, public university education through faculty development in teaching, mentoring, and leadership. She currently oversees two services at DoIT Academic Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal of these services is to scale the transformation of UW courses and curriculum toward blended and active learning, in partnership with multiple campus units. She previously served as Associate Director of Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE), an intensive teaching program for new faculty. For nearly a decade prior to MTLE, Sarah directed the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching (WPST), where she taught and mentored scientists in teaching at all stages in their academic careers to prepare them for their roles as university educators and leaders in science education reform. She played a key role in the design and evaluation of the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology, and has taught multiple graduate-level courses such as Instructional Materials Development, Teaching Biology, and Scientific Teaching.

Miller has co-authored four publications in Science and publishes in several other peer-reviewed education journals. Book publications include Scientific Teaching and Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists. She is the founder and editor of the Scientific Teaching Book Series, which targets faculty scientists in higher education. She has been a member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy since 2009. Trained as a Botanist and Plant Pathologist at UW-Madison, her graduate work investigated the environmental impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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