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Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587
Email: teached@uidaho.edu

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Brant G. Miller, Ph.D.

Office: TARG 217
Phone: (208)885-4077
Email: bgmiller@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: PO Box 443082

Moscow, ID 83844-3082

College of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Assistant Professor, Science Education

With UI Since 2011

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Adventure Learning
    • Science Agency
    • STEM Teacher Professional Development
    • Learning Technologies
  • Biography
    Brant G. Miller is an assistant professor of science and technology education. Before pursuing his doctoral work, Brant was a middle school science teacher for six years in western South Dakota. His research interests include the identification of science agency in K-12 students through culturally-based STEM curricular experiences; Adventure Learning; and the design and implementation of authentic, sustained professional development for K-12 STEM teachers in domestic and international settings.

    Brant is very interested in understanding the influences of STEM within local communities and perceptions local communities have associated with STEM. Brant believes that through an integrated STEM education approach students can experience contexts that are important to them while at the same time learning meaningful content.

    One of Brant’s favorite quotes is by the Alaska Native scholar A. Oscar Kawagley. He said that “the purpose of education is to die satiated with life”. To Brant, this quote epitomizes the possibility of education, an education in which students can learn in a myriad of meaningful ways.

  • Selected Publications
    Nature magazine cover
    Miller, B.G., Cox, C.J., Hougham, R.J., Walden, V.P., Eitel, K.B., Albano, A.D. (2015).Adventure learning as a curricular approach that transcends geographies and connects people to place. The Curriculum Journal, 26(2), 290-312. 

    Kimmons, R., Miller, B. G., Amador, J., Desjardins, C., & Hall, C. (early access). Technology integration coursework and finding meaning in pre-service teachers' reflective practice. Educational Technology Research & Development.

    Anderson, C., Milller, B.G., Eitel, K.B., Veletsiano, G., Eitel, J.U.H., & Hougham, R.J. (2015). Comparing a technology enhanced approach and a traditional approach to K-12 field-based environmental education. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 19(6), 1-19.   

    Hougham, R.J., Eitel, K.B., & Miller, B.G. (2015). Technology-enriched STEM investigations of place: Using technology to extend the senses and build connections to and between places in science education. Journal of Geoscience Education, 63(2), 90-97.

    Veletsianos, G., Miller, B.G., Eitel, K., Eitel, J., Hougham, J., & Hansen, D. (2015). Lessons learned from the design and development of technology-enhanced outdoor learning experiences. Tech Trends, 59(4), .
    Rittenburg, R.A., Miller, B.G., Rust, C., Kreider, R., Esler, J., Squires, A.L., Boylan, R.D. (2015). The community connection: Engaging students and community partners in project-based science. The Science Teacher, 82(1), 47-52.

    Donna, J. D., & Miller, B. G. (2013). Using cloud-computing applications to support collaborative scientific inquiry: Examining pre-service teachers’ perceived barriers towards integration.Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 39(3), 1-17.

    Eitel, K. B., Hougham, R. J., & Miller, B. G., Schon, J., & LaPaglia, K. (2013). Upload, download: Empowering students through technology-enabled problem-based learning. Science Scope, 38(7), 32-39.

    Miller, B. G., Hougham, R. J.,  & Eitel, K. B. (2013). The practical enactment of adventure learning: Where will you AL@? Tech Trends, 57(4), 28-33.
    Miller, B. G., Doering, A., Roehrig, G., & Shimek, R. (2012). Fostering Indigenous STEM education: Mobilizing the adventure learning framework through snow snakes. Journal of American Indian Education, 51(2), 66-84.
  • Research Projects
    • Co-Principal Investigator - Indigenous Program for STEM Research and a Regional Native Network of Graduate Education: A National Research and Educational Model

    • Senior Personnel - EPSCoR RII Track 1: Managing Idaho’s landscapes for ecosystem services

    • Co-Principal Investigator - IGERT: Adaptation to change in water resources: science to inform decision-making across disciplines, cultures and scales

    • Principal Investigator – EPA Environmental Education Grant Program: The Confluence Project

  • Awards and Honors
    • University of Idaho Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award nomination, 2015

    • University of Idaho Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award nomination, 2014

    • Sanford Science Education Center Education and Outreach Think-Tank: Distinguished Outside Expert. Black Hills, South Dakota, September 24-26, 2014.

    • The Graduate School's Best Dissertation Award Nomination - Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, 2012.

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“The purpose of education is to die satiated with life” -A. Oscar Kawagley