Dr. Melissa L. Miller is the head of the historic USC Hoose Library of Philosophy, and a faculty librarian for humanities, philosophy, religion, classics, anthropology, and linguistics. Miller is an instructor for the USC Marshall School of Business, Master of Management in Library and Information Science program, teaching the internship course since 2019, with an approach that promotes authentic connections. In 2021, Miller published her first monograph, Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners which focuses on learning and teaching in an online environment.
In 2022, she co-authored journal article, Situating LIS Pedagogy and Curriculum in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism: A Reflection on Process, and two co-authored book chapters will be published: the first book chapter Academic Libraries Advocating for an Ethical University; and the second book chapter Beyond Collaborations: Transforming Liaison Practices into Impactful Research Partnerships. Her current research intersects through the fields of Heritage Conservation and the Digital Humanities, with a focus in medieval manuscripts and rare books. She is an advocate for the advancement of knowledge, awareness and access, and diversity of cultural heritage material.
Miller is currently working on a second master's degree in Heritage Conservation from USC School of Architecture. As a first-gen, non-traditional, transfer student, Miller earned a doctorate of education with a cognitive science approach to educational psychology from USC and her MMLIS from USC Marshall School of Business.