Sharon Miller, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistrysharon miller
Office Location: Stephens Hall, Room 211
Phone Number: 630-844-6194
Email Address:

Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy aims to create awareness and literacy around STEM disciplines for all learners, engage students within and outside the classroom, and provide meaningful experiences that are mindful of audience and purpose.  This philosophy helps me teach and relate how STEM disciplines have contributed and continue to contribute to an improved human experience.

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI  
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Areas of Specialization
Tissue Engineering
Biomolecular Probes

Courses Taught
Principles of Chemistry
Physics I
Physics II
Science and Society
Mathematical Connections
Engineering Applications in Science, Life Science, and Engineering
Science Foundations
Integrated Math and Science for Educators
STEM Curriculum Resources and Development
Science and Engineering Practices
Physical Sciences: Forces, Energy and Motion
STEM Through Manufacturing and Design  

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
(1) Monticello Foundation Grant Recipient, Applied Bioscience Research Projects for Women Undergraduates in Science and Education, 2014-15.

(2) Illinois Math and Science Program WIP5 Developing Models and Carrying Out Investigations in STEM Recipient, 2014.

(3) Team Leader, Illinois Math and Science Program WIP4 Mathematics for Middle School and High School Teachers Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving in STEM, 2012-2013.  

Most recent publications:  
Liu Z, Miller SJ, Joshi BP, Wang TD.  “In vivo Targeting of Colonic Dysplasia on Fluorescence Endoscopy with Near-Infrared Octapeptide,” Gut 62: 395-403, 2013.

Miller SJ, Heist KA, Feng Y, Galban CJ, Rehemtulla A, Ross BD, Fearon ER, and Wang TD.  “Multimodal Imaging of Grown and Rapamycin-Induced Regression of Colonic Adenomas in Apc Mutation-Dependent Mouse, “ Transl. Oncol. 5(5): 313-320, Oct. 2012.

Miller SJ, Lee CM, Joshi BP, Seibel EJ, Wang TD. “In Vivo Multi-spectral Wide-field Fluorescence Detection of Dysplasia in the Mouse,” J. Biomed. Opt. 17(2), 2012.
Most recent presentations:
Miller SJ, “Using Art to Teach Physical Sciences,” Summer Summit Aiming High: Teaching English Language Learners with a Touch of Magic, Aurora University, Jun 2014.  

Miller SJ, Ramirez A, Kneller M, Othman S, “Aurora University’s WIP4 Summer Workshop Institute Program Integrating Math and Science, “ U.S. Department of Math and Science Partnership Conference, Washington D.C., Sept 2013.

Miller SJ, Ramirez A, Kneller M, Othman S. “Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving in STEM –Building a Bridge Between Educators and Community Resources,” National Science Teachers Association, May 2013.   

Highlights of Campus Involvement
STEM Partnership School Curriculum Development Team Member
After School STEM Program Faculty Leader for Aurora Middle Schools
Professional Development Leader for Local In-service Teachers