Originally from Moncks Corner, SC, Dr. John W. Miller Jr. is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has been a member of the UALR School of Social Work faculty since 2007, and teaches graduate students in the Master of Social Work program where he leads courses that range from Diversity and Oppression to Advanced Direct Practice III (Group Psychotherapy). Dr. Miller received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Experimental Psychology and his Master of Social Work degrees from the University of South Carolina. He earned his PhD in Social Work from The University of Tennessee. During his time at UT he explored the role that historical US Census racial categories had on the racial identity development of whites and non-whites in America. He also critically examined the role that community socio-economic environments have on the self-importance of African American adolescents. Dr. Miller’s work has yielded several publications which can be found in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Adult Development and Well-Being: The Impact of Institutional Environments, the School Community Journal, The School Community Journal, and Race, Gender, and Class. Dr. Miller’s current research examines suicidal ideation among African American youth. Dr. Miller is co-chair of the UALR Diversity Council and serves as a board member of several non-profit organizations in the Central Arkansas area. In addition, he is President of the Greater Little Rock chapter of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The primary purpose of the 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock is to provide quality mentoring to young people. Their chapter motto is “real men giving real time!”
Ph.D. Social Work, University of Tennessee, 2007.
Dissertation: Racial identification among African American adolescents.
M.S.W. (Social Work) University of South Carolina, 2003.
B. A. Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2001.
Minor: Criminal Justice
Licensed Master Social Worker; State of Arkansas, 2010 – pres.
Miller Jr. J.W., Kuykendall, J., & Thomas, S. (2013). Are we in this together? An analysis of the impact of individual and institutional characteristics on teacher’s perceptions. The School Community Journal 23, (2). 137-160.
Miller Jr. J.W. (2013). Social bias. In S. Thompson (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice (November 2013 ed.)
Miller Jr. J.W. (2013) Discrimination. In S. Thompson (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice (November 2013 ed.)
Peters Jr., R.J., Miller Jr., J.W., Meshack, A.F., Ford, K., Longoria, P., Lewis, M., & Josey, C. (2012). Low sports fundamental development among urban youth: Beliefs and social norms concerning the culture of playing with swagger. Race, Gender & Class, 19(3/4), 130-142.
Miller Jr., J.W. (2010). Beyond skin deep: The influence of the one-drop rule on the racial identity of African American adolescents. Race, Gender & Class, 17(3/4), 38-50.
Miller Jr., J.W. & Combs-Orme, T. (2008). How big is your world? An examination of environmental racial composition on the racial identity of African American adolescents. Race, Gender & Class, 15(3/4), 224-239.
Miller Jr., J.W. (2007). Reinforcing the divide: The influence of the US census on American identity development. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 15(4), 125-141. Co-published simultaneously in Adult Development and Well-Being: The Impact of Institutional Environments, The Haworth Press, 2007, pp. 125-141.
SELECTED SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS
“Redefining Suicidal Behavior among African American Youth.” (June, 2013). Invited presenter at the 2013 MidSouth Summer School on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Problems. Sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services. Little Rock, AR.
“The State of Juvenile Suicide in Detention: Understanding the Needs of a Vulnerable
Population.” (April, 2013). Panel Presentation at the American Association of Suicidology 46th Annual Conference. Austin, TX.
“Suicide Risk, Protection, and Prevention among Diverse Groups of LGBT Youth.” (April,
2013). Panel Presentation at the American Association of Suicidology 46th Annual Conference. Austin, TX.
“Bridging the Gap? An Examination of Student Success Programs on African American PhD Attainment.” (March, 2013). Invited presenter at the 2013 National Council on Black Studies Conference. Indianapolis, IN
“Are We in this Together? An Analysis of the Relationship Between Schools and their Communities.” (February, 2011). Invited presenter at the 2011 Race, Gender, and Class Conference. Conference co-sponsored by The University of New Orleans, the American Sociological Association Race, Gender, & Class section and the Race Gender & Class Journal. New Orleans, LA.
“Beyond Skin Deep: An Analysis of the Influence of the One-Drop Rule on the Racial Identity of African American Adolescents.” (February, 2010). Invited presenter at the 2010 Race, Gender, and Class Conference. Conference co-sponsored by The University of New Orleans, the American Sociological Association Race, Gender, & Class section and the Race Gender & Class Journal. New Orleans, LA.
“Racial Identification among African American Adolescents.” (January, 2009) Poster Presentation at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). New Orleans, LA.