WMLN - Author Dr. John W. Miller

World's Most Literate Nations


John W. Miller

Dr. Jack Miller began his duties in 2005 as the President of CCSU, which was founded in 1849 and is the oldest publicly supported institution of higher education in Connecticut. The University enrollment is over 12,000 students, including over 2,500 graduate students.

Since its first appearance in 2003, Dr. Miller's America's Most Literate Cities annual ranking has grown increasingly popular and has 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 Live.

Launched in 2016, the World's Most Literate Nations surveys and ranks 61 nations according to how well those nations support the literate behaviors of their populace. It is a companion to Dr. Miller's book (co-authored with Michael C. McKenna) World Literacy: How Countries Rank and Why It Matters (Routledge, 2016).

Prior to coming to Connecticut, Dr. Miller served as the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for six years. 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.

Dr. 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.

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Miller and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children: Lauren, Elizabeth, and Raymond.