Dr. Russell F. Miller

Russell F. Miller, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Educator Preparation

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Lanna and Bob Hatton Professor of Education

Office: Old Main 413A
Phone: (806)-651-2562

Professional Profile

Dr. Miller, an alumni of WTAMU, currently serves as the Executive Director of Educator Preparation and Certification Officer for the College of Education. Dr. Miller supports all certification programs in education including: teacher, alternate teacher, principal, counselor, ed. diag., and superintendent certifications as well as advising and testing. Dr. Miller joined the faculty of WTAMU as Assistant Professor of Education in the Fall of 2021. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University in the summer of 2020. He received his Masters of Education Administration from Wayland Baptist University in the summer of 2012, and received his Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from West Texas A&M University in the summer of 2007.

Formerly, Dr. Miller served as an educator and administrator in K-12 education for 16 years. In those years, he served three years as a paraprofessional, six as a professional educator and coach, and seven years as an administrator on campuses and in central administration. He has served several roles in curriculum and instruction such as the ELAR / Social Studies Department Head and Curriculum Lead, the District ESL / Bilingual Coordinator, and District Content Subject Coordinator. Other roles include: International Director of an independent school, Assistant Principal at elementary and high school campuses, and the Federal Programs Director for a large district in Texas.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Miller teaches undergraduate educational methods, educational psychology, and graduate research courses.

Dr. Miller serves on the university Curriculum Committee and on several committees within COESS and the Department of Education.

Research and Creative Activity 

Dr. Miller serves as the Lanna and Bob Hatton Professor of Digital Learning and researches the impact of digital media and learning on education in both K-12 and higher education environments. Dr. Miller also has research interests and publications in the areas of language and literacy development, social sciences, and media literacy. Dr. Miller has conducted research into bilingual programming in public education, refugee student success in U.S. Public schools, and even the influence of faith in education.

Recent Publications

Miller, R. (2023). Curriculum as Theology: A Framework for Analyzing Curriculum as Theological Text. Journal of Faith, Education, and Community. 6(1), Article 2.

Miller, R., Hughes, C. (2023). Keeping your wits about you: Reframing self-care for teachers. English in Texas. 53(1). Pgs. 51-52.

Miller, R., Hughes, C., Bingham, T., & Maas, H. (2023). Teacher self-care is the selfless choice. The Dallas Morning News.