Christine Miller

Christine Miller

Christine Miller

  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1975
  • M.A., Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 1985
  • Ph.D., anthropology, management and organizational studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 2008
First year at SCAD:

"My inspiration for teaching comes from our students and the projects that they undertake, particularly in their M.F.A. thesis work. They typically choose to tackle 'wicked problems,' applying the theory, principles and methods of design to address pressing social issues and problems in business, education, the economy and the public sector. The contributions have a positive impact on 'the greater good' and have repercussions far beyond their own reputations as design professionals."


"Using professional and educational background as a scholar practitioner to contribute to the growth and professional development of every student."

Awards, recognition and honors

SCAD Presidential Fellowship, 2008

Publications and presentations


  • "Teaching a Global Project Course: Experiences and Lessons Learned," Conference Proceedings, Collaborative Teaching of Globally Distributed Software Development - Community Building Workshop, International Conference on Software Engineering 2011, supported by National Science Foundation. Co-authors: Peter Gloor, Maria Paasivaara, Casper Lassenius, Detlef Schoder and Kai Fischbach.
  • "Visualizing Collaboration: Capturing Design Teams in Flight," Conference Proceedings, Making Visual the Invisible: Data Visualization in Art, Design and Science Collaboration, 2011, University of Huddersfield, Unted Kingdom. Co-authors: Robyn Richardson, Dustin Larimer and Yushi Wang.
  • Collaborative Innovation Networks 2009 Conference Proceedings, guest editor with Ken Riopelle, Julia Gluesing and Peter Gloor


  • "Practicing Anthropology in Design: Notes from the Field," American Anthropological Association annual conference, invited presentation by Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges for "Current Issues in Anthropology: Five-Fields Update" symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2010
  • "Design Thinking: The Art of Evaluation," American Evaluation Association annual conference, invited presidential strand, San Antonio, Texas, November 2010
  • "At the Crossroads: Social Networks in Turbulent Times," Collaborative Innovation Networks Conference, Savannah, Georgia, October 2010

Previous Positions

Lecturer, School of Business, Wayne State University, 1998-2006; conference organizer, Collaborative Innovation Networks Conference (COINs 2009), hosted by SCAD with MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and Wayne State University College of Engineering; secretary, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, 2007-09; contributing editor, Anthropology News, 2007-09

Courses Taught

  • DMGT 702 History and Interpretation of Innovation
  • DMGT 720 Design Innovation Development and Marketing Strategies
  • DMGT 732 Facilitating Creative Thinking
  • DMGT 747 Collaboration at a Distance
  • DMGT 765 Business and Design Practicum
  • IDUS 711 Methods of Contextual Research
  • IDUS 763 Graduate Seminar in Methodology