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Associate Dean

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5451 College of Liberal Arts LAS 250K , Box 182


Rozilyn Miller, Ph.D., serves as associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts. 

Miller has called UCO her "professional home" since January 1997 when she began teaching public speaking and communication for teachers as an adjunct. She was hired full time in August 1998 and became program coordinator for the Speech, Drama and Debate Secondary Education Certification Program. This led to her establishing and coaching a successful Individual Events Forensics Team (1997-2004) that won national championships in three events in 2004. More significant than the awards and trophies won during these years was the experience of collaborating with future teachers in competition, running high school and college tournaments, providing a space for students to stretch their abilities, and watching students transition into successful teachers, coaches, and directors.

In July 2005, the Department of Mass Communication was created with the merging of Communication and Journalism. Miller was elected assistant chair, beginning a new phase in her UCO career. With a history of leadership based on experiences in the corporate world as well as in directing theatre, coaching forensics, and coordinating programs, she pursued opportunities to participate in UCO leadership programs: Leadership UCO, Class V (2007-08); Educators' Leadership Combo Academy, Class XI (2008-09); two years in Educators’ Leadership Higher Education Department Chair Academy, Class I and Class II (2009-10 and 2010-11); the Educators' Leadership Academy & Gender Issues (2014); the Academic Leadership Fellows Academy (2016-17), and the UCO Executive Leadership Program Class II (2018-19). She was elected chair of Mass Communication effective in August 2009. She was also selected for director of the Leadership minor in Fall 2009 and served through December 2020. In January 2016, Miller was appointed as an assistant dean for the College of Liberal Arts. In January 2019, Miller moved to associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts.

Education and Certifications

  • University of Oklahoma: Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum
  • Oklahoma State University: Master of Arts in Speech/Theatre
  • University of Central Oklahoma: Bachelor of Arts in Oral Communications

Classes Taught

  • LEAD 2213 Theories of Leadership 
  • LEAD 3533 Women and Leadership 
  • LEAD 3631 Leadership and Immediacy Behaviors 
  • LEAD 4213 Ethics and Leadership 
  • LEAD 4893 Leadership Capstone 
  • LEAD 4950 Internship in Leadership 

Office Hours

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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Provost Award "Modeling the Way"
  • 2019 Consensus Builder Award, UCO Executive Leadership Program 2018-2019
  • 2008 Outstanding Service Award – UCO College of Liberal Arts           
  • 2003 Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association Fred Tewell Outstanding College Communication Educator Award
  • 2002 Outstanding Creative Activity Award 2002 – UCO College of Liberal Arts
  • 2002 Outstanding Creative Activity Award 2002 – UCO Department of Communication                  
  • 1994 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award

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