Assistant Professor of BusinessPhone Number: 402.466.4774
Department: Business Administration
Primary Campus: Lincoln
Credentials: BS, MA, DBA
Dr. Charlena Miller is Assistant Professor of Business in the College of Business. Shejoined Doane University in 2022 and primarily teaches management and marketingclasses for the the Business Administration degree and the MBA degree. Sheearned a DBA (2023) from George Fox University with her dissertation research inthe area of career shock and voluntary turnover intention. She earned an M.A. inSpiritual Formation (2009) from Portland Seminary, focusing on the formation oforganizational leaders.
Charlena is a business practitioner and educator with a management, marketing,and public relations background. She has led teams in the development ofeducation technology products, interactive media, online and in-person trainingprograms, and brand and marketing for global and regional organizations in hightech, education, telecommunications, foodservice, and ecommerce, as well asgovernment entities. Charlena enjoys transformational work with individuals andorganizations seeking to develop healthy businesses where people thrive and areequipped to serve and contribute to their communities. She is delighted to applyher business experience and passion for transformation to the work of supportingstudents to develop their potential and contribute from a sense of purpose.
- Human-Centered Problem Solving and Design Thinking (LDR 630)
- Strategic Management Capstone (BUS 496)
- Strategic Management Capstone (BUS 498)
- Strategic Marketing (BUS 641)
- Consumer Behavior (BUS 301)
- Marketing Seminar (BUS 477)
- Promotions Marketing (BUS 324)
- Intro to Marketing (BUS 251)
Doane University, 2022 - Present
George Fox University 2020-2022
- Reviewer, Academy of Management annual conference (2021; 2022; 2023)
- Miller, C., Coomer, N., & Shelton, P. (2021, April). Developing Students’ Collaborative Skills: Effective Teaching with Simulations, Marketing Educators Association (MEA) annual conference. Virtual.
- Miller, C., Coomer, N., & Haigh, J. (2020, October). Practices for Developing & Measuring 11 Core Competencies of Authentic and Servant Business Leadership. One of 10 finalists selected to present at ACBSP “Developing Business Leaders for a Better Tomorrow” Region 7 conference. Virtual.
- Consumer behavior research, Inspirational causes that drive effective organizational culture and why this affects consumer behavior; findings presented at British Psychological Society’s international conference (2013)
- Brand and marketing commentator, MSNBC It’s Your Business television show. (2010). Selected contributor for entrepreneurship book showcasing the best advice from 12 years of episodes (2012).
- Benefiel, M. & Miller, C. (2009, August). Asking the Right Questions: Bringing Creativity into Group Decision Making. Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management (AOM). Chicago, IL
- Thinking Economics: Managed team and product development of $2 million-dollar interactive multimedia economics curriculum consisting of 25 hours, 15 chapters, and 76 lessons. Curriculum won first place in New York Educational Multimedia Competition.
How did you become interested in teaching?
I am driven by a passion to support people who take risks and are striving to learn and grow. Learning is a vulnerable process, and teaching is sacred work with both tremendous responsibility and incredible privilege. There is hardly anything more rewarding than to be a part of someone discovering their talents, honing these into skills, and making the contributions their hearts long to make. I sought to devote more of myself to teaching because investing in others’ growth fulfills part of my sense of purpose and is the wisest investment in the future that I could imagine making.
What advice do you have for students?
Each moment of class time and homework are as sacred as any other moments of your one and only life. The moment you are in is the only one you are guaranteed. Give your attention to it. A valuable practice is to work at the discipline of treasuring the present moment and resisting the urge to just get through it to the next thing. When you think something doesn’t matter, find a way to slow down and make it matter. When you think something is silly, find a way to transform it into something meaningful. Take full ownership of your learning and experience. Don’t suffer because you feel stuck or confused. This is a normal part of the learning process when you are giving it your all. Speak up. Ask for help.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
In her poem Sometimes, Mary Oliver offers essential instructions for living. “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” This has meaning for me as Oliver gently illuminates the necessity of choosing to live in awe and wonder if one is to live fully alive. I think part of the joy and challenge of teaching is in fostering the ability within myself and students to notice and experience the awe, wonder, and possibility of all the “ordinary” around us, in others, and within ourselves.