LGBTQIA+ in Science: College Students with Minoritized Identities of Sexuality and Gender Navigating STEM Fields
The Fall 2020 PHEL Distinguished Lecture will feature Ryan A. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Higher Education Program Director at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Miller will review the experiences of students with minoritized identities of gender and/or sexuality (MIoSG) in STEM receive little attention in higher education research and practice. This constructivist grounded theory study provides insight into the complex process by which 56 STEM students with MIoSG experienced and navigated campus learning environments in their disciplines/fields.
Miller teaches courses on college student development, student affairs administration, higher education leadership, and research methods. Miller’s research agenda addresses
- the experiences of minoritized social groups in higher education, with emphasis on identities of sexuality, gender, and disability, and
- the institutionalization of diversity and equity initiatives within colleges and universities.
Miller has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters in outlets including The Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. He received the 2016 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year award from NASPA for his research about LGBTQ students with disabilities and the 2019 UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education Early Career Faculty award. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Miller worked professionally in higher education for eight years in the areas of student affairs, LGBTQ affairs, federal TRiO programs, affirmative action/EEO, intergroup dialogue, and institutional research. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015.