Patricia Hoffman-Miller’s research focuses on the impact of executive leadership in P-20 institutions with particular emphasis on policy implementation and its effect on performance outcomes. Too often, P-20 institutions are labeled as failing based on student outcomes without an understanding of how leadership and policy implementation affects performance outcomes by students. This acceptance of a culturally deficit model reinforces a climate of failure that becomes systemic.
Patricia Hoffman-Miller is an experienced executive with over thirty years of management and executive experience in private, post-secondary and P-20 organizations. As a private sector, school district and higher education executive, she managed and administered Human Resources and Labor Relations departments for Rockwell International, The Pillsbury Corporation, Ross Electronics, and the Gary Community School Corporation, negotiating labor contracts with multiple bargaining units.
With over 17 years of leadership experience in P-12 public and public charter schools, she held positions as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent in school districts in the eastern and mid-western sections of the country. She developed the first state certified mentor program for teachers in a mid-western school district. Under her leadership, a principal efficacy program (E-PLUS: Enhancing Principal Leadership in Urban Schools) was designed to assist struggling building administrators become more effective advocates for student centered learning.
Her success as a traditional school and district administrator encouraged Dr. Hoffman-Miller to become actively involved in the public charter school movement. In her capacity as principal, regional vice president and national assessment director, Dr. Hoffman-Miller was responsible for seven successful start-up schools, managing and administering all phases of new charter school start-ups including, but not limited to: operational procedures, inclusive of manuals, fiscal/ budgetary processes, staff and administrator recruitment and selection, facilities management, and curricula implementation, alignment and assessment. Under her leadership, student academic performance improved in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. During the first year of implementation Dr. Hoffman-Miller’s A-3 approach, all schools made AYP using safe Harbor. During the second year of her leadership, one school became one of the top performing schools in the District of Columbia.
She serves in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education in a number of leadership capacities including Interim Department Chairs for Curriculum and Instruction and Health and Human performance, as well as Associate Dean, responsible for all aspects of student and academic affairs, assessment and accreditation, and fiscal administration. She led the Departments of Health and Human Performance and Curriculum and Instruction in the recommendation and adoption of program and degree changes. All recommended changes were approved by the University Academic Council and University Graduate Council. She serves as Associate Professor in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education where she successfully led the SACS accreditation process and spearheaded national recognition of the building principal preparation program by ELCC in 2010 and again in 2012. She teaches in the doctoral program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and is responsible for successfully chairing 15 dissertation committees.
Dr. Hoffman-Miller is a Site Team Leader for CAEP and a certified accreditation consultant. She served as Chair of AACTE’s Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability.