|H. Richard Milner IV is Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He has secondary appointments in Peabody’s Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations and the Department of Sociology in Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science. Professor Milner is a researcher, scholar, and leader of urban education and teacher education. Professor Milner is President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association, the largest educational research organization in the world. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.|
Centering equity and diversity, he has spent hundreds of hours observing teachers’ practices and interviewing educators and students in urban schools about micro-level policies that shape students’ opportunities to learn. He examines the social context of classrooms and schools and the ways in which teacher talk, particularly about race, influences student learning, identity, and development. His research in urban schools has influenced designs and practices of teacher education courses and programs. To improve relational, curricular, assessment, and instructional practices, school districts across the United States and beyond draw on his recommendations to support students of color, those who live below the poverty line, and those whose first language is not English (see, for instance, “These Kids are out of Control:” Why We Must Reimagine Classroom Management, Corwin Press, 2018).
To date, Professor Milner has contributed significantly to the field of education in four interconnected ways:
the journal, Educational Researcher (2007), the framework has been adapted across disciplines including nursing and health sciences as an essential element to conducting research.
graduate students and invited alumni across the world to read the book. He was then invited to deliver a prestigious Askwith Lecture at Harvard, where he discussed research and findings from his book.
Professor Milner has been widely recognized for his contributions to education scholarship. In October 2018, he delivered the prestigious annual Brown Lecture in Education Research of the American Educational Research Association, the world’s largest educational research association. Attendance at the lecture reached a record high 900 in addition to online viewers. In 2016, he was named an AERA Fellow. AERA has also honored him with Outstanding Reviewer awards (2017 and 2015) for his work on the Editorial Board of Educational Researcher, and the Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) Award for Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education (2015). In 2006, he received AERA’s Early Career Award. In 2012, Professor Milner was honored with The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was also awarded the John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award (2016) for his scholarship bridging theory and practice in the spirit of John Dewey. Professor Milner has been ranked for seven years among the top 200 scholars nationally influencing public discussions of education in Education Week’s annual Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings.
The media frequently turn to Professor Milner as a resource. His work has been cited or featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Atlantic, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), National Education Association Today, Educational Leadership, and Education Week.
Professor Milner taught high school English Language Arts in South Carolina and Developmental Reading at Columbus State Community College.
Professor Milner is also much in demand by other educational institutions. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas-Austin (2010, 2011, and 2013) and at York University in Toronto, Canada (2010). In 2012, he served as a visiting scholar in the Graduate School of Education’s Scholars of Color Symposium Series at the University of Pennsylvania. During summer 2016, Professor Milner taught a course on Race and Poverty in the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington.
Most importantly, Professor Milner has been married for 14 years, and he is the proud father of nine-year old twin daughters, Anna Grace and Elise Faith.