Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations
sj Miller, Ph.D., a trans*+ disciplinary award-winning teacher, writer, activist and scholar, is a literacy specialist whose emphasis is on social justice and gender identity in pre-K through university-level teaching. sj has written more than 25 book chapters, over 50 articles and eight books. sj’s book Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework, which was translated into Spanish by UNESCO, was awarded the 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Exemplary Research Award for Outstanding Book and the 2018 Outstanding Book award by the Michigan Council of Teachers of English.
Currently, sj is the Academic Studies Member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Advisory Board for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); a consultant for the College Board, providing best practices to secondary Advanced Placement English teachers, and is also an AP Literature Table Leader; an editor of the series Spaces In-between: Beyond Binary Gender Identities and Sexualities (Teachers College Press) and the co-editor of the series Social Justice Across Contexts in Education. sj is column editor of “Beyond Binary Gender Identities” for English Journal; is an advisory board member for Routledge’s Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education, Palgrave MacMillan’s Queer Studies in Education, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Teacher Education and Black Communities, Journal of LGBT Youth, The New Educator, and Taboo.
sj is a contributor to CBS News, BBC, and PBS and appeared in the documentary Gender: The Space Between on CBS. sj gives keynotes across the world and consults on professional development for teaching, affirming, and recognizing trans*+ and gender creative/expansive students. This past April 2019, sj received the AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award. sj’s latest book About Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities was just released, and the co-written book Navigating trans*+ and complex gender identities is forthcoming. sj recently presented at the TEDMED Conference on gender identity justice.
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