Associate Vice Provost and Chief of Staff

Shawn Miller

Shawn (he/him) supports the Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Digital Education in the overall leadership and management of the organization and is responsible for managing the day-to-day administration and operations. Shawn also directly oversees Learning Innovation’s digital education, teaching innovation, infrastructure, and product design and development directors and teams.

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Recent Blog Posts:


“Administrative team structures, workflows, and content management,” panel presentation, 2013 Coursera Partners Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 5, 2013

“Duke’s eLearning Roadmap and the Sakai Transition,” presented with Edward Gomes, 2012 Educause Annual
Conference, Denver, CO, November 8, 2012

Duke’s eLearning Roadmap and the Sakai Transition,’ presented with Neal Caidin and Edward Gomes, 2012 Sakai annual conference, Atlanta GA, June 11, 2012

“iPads as a Fieldwork Research Tool,” presented with Marc Sperber, Educause Learning Initiative annual conference, Washington, D.C., Feb 14-16, 2011

“The Future of Web Content, HTML 5, Flash and Mobile Apps,” presentation, Duke Tech Expo, Jan 6, 2011

“Know Thy User: the Duke Libraries User Studies Initiative” with Yvonne Belanger and librarians Diane Harvey, Linda Daniel and Emily Daly at the UNC LAUN-CH conference entitled “Creating a User Centered Library” in Chapel Hill, NC on March 10, 2010.

Educause Learning Initiative conference in Austin, TX January 19-21, 2010.  Two presentations:“Who Gives a Flip? Outcomes from a Large-Scale Distribution of Flip Video Cameras” and “Teaching and Learning with a Flexible Publishing Platform: Duke WordPress MU Pilot”

Presented at Duke University’s Information Science and Information Studies (ISIS) Tech and New Media Tuesday session April 21, 2009 with Trudi Abel at the John Hope Franklin Center in Durham, NC.

“Less is more: M-learning with cell phones” with Lucy Haagen at the University of North Carolina’s Teaching with Technology Online (UNC-TLT 2009) conference on March 19, 2009.

“Everybody’s Doing It: Web-based Visualizations and Mashups in the Social Sciences.” 2008 Duke Visualization Friday Forum

“Google Earth for Teaching and Learning.” 2008 UNC-TLT Conference. Raleigh, NC. March 2008. Co-presenter: Andrea Novicki.

“Visualizing North Carolina in the Global Economy”. Co-presented with the team from Duke’s Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness, Raleigh, NC, December 17, 2008.


“Learning Engineering Teams: Capabilities and Process.” w/ Craig D. Roberts. In Chris Dede, John Richards, Bror Saxberg (Eds.) (2018). Learning Engineering for Online Education Theoretical Contexts and Design-Based Examples. Routledge. 

2018 Students and Technology Research Study. Educause (Served as subject matter expert and consultant/contributor).

“Take a Minute to Collect Your Thoughts with Evernote.” Profhacker blog post – Chronicle of Higher Education May 2010

“The Hybrid Academy: Building and Sustaining a Technological Culture of Use.” w/ Beth Brunk-Chavez. In DeVoss, Dànielle N., McKee, Heidi A., & Selfe, Richard (Dickie) (Eds.). (2009). Technological ecologies and sustainability. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press.

“Decentered, Disconnected, and Digitized: The Importance of Shared Space.” Co-author with Beth Brunk-Chavez. Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy 11.2 (2007)


Shawn was previously the Director for Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) from 2013-2017. Before that, he was CIT’s Head of eLearning Tools and Strategy and led both Duke’s transition from Blackboard to Sakai (2011-2012) and Duke’s implementation of WordPress (2009-2011). Before coming to Duke, Shawn was Manager of Media Production for Instruction Support Services at the University of Texas at El Paso. Shawn holds an MA in Professional Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Texas. Shawn is also a Leading Change Institute (formerly Frye Leadership Institute) fellow and former chair of the Durham County Libraries Board of Trustees.