Barbara Millis

Barbara Millis

Background in Faculty Development

Barbara has served as:

  • Director of The Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2008-Present)
  • Director of the Excellence in Teaching Program at the University of Nevada at Reno (2004-2008)
  • Director of Faculty Development at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) (1995- 2004)
  • University of Maryland, University College (1978-1995)

She is currently an Executive Editor for College Teaching.  She served as a member of the Core Committee for the POD Network [Professional and Organizational Development] in Higher Education, the largest professional association for faculty development in the United States.

Workshop Experience

  • She frequently offers workshops at professional conferences (Lilly “Original” and three Lilly Regional Teaching Conferences, The Teaching Professor Conferences, etc.) and for over 400 colleges and universities.
  • She has facilitated two-and-half-day course redesign retreats for two university systems, the University of Missouri System (twice) and the Nevada System of Higher Education.
  • Her workshops are on varied topics, including:
    • cooperative learning,
    • the teaching portfolio,
    • classroom assessment/research,
    • critical thinking,
    • writing across the curriculum,
    • classroom observations and
    • course design
    • deep learning
    • academic games

Other General Information

  • She has numerous published articles and has co-authored or edited four books:  
    • Cooperative Learning in Higher Education: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy (2010, Stylus Press); (@
    • The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach (2008, Jossey-Bass);
    • Using Simulations to Enhance Learning in Higher Education (2002, Stylus Press); and
    • Cooperative Learning for Higher Education Faculty (1998, ACE/Oryx Press).

While at USAFA, Barbara won both a teaching award and a research award.

  • After the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) selected the Air Force Academy as a Leadership Institution in Undergraduate Education in 2001, she began serving as the liaison to the AAC&U’s Greater Expectations Consortium on Quality Education.
  • In 2002 Barbara loved being a Visiting Scholar at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • She received her Ph.D. in English literature from Florida State University.