Cynthia (Cindy) Miller, PhD, GCDF, CFCS, CPFFE, AAFCS Director-at-Large, is an assistant professor for Career and Technical Education in the Department of Agriculture and Family & Consumer Sciences through the College of Education and Technology at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.
Cindy began her secondary teaching career in the Lubbock Independent School District, Texas, as a business education teacher. After 11 years in the classroom, she became a Career and Technical Education (CTE) administrator for two school districts and served in this capacity for 13 years. In this position, she provided leadership in developing a district CTE strategic plan to improve the various CTE programs offered and the success of students in those programs; offered new CTE teacher professional development opportunities to increase retention of CTE teachers in the classroom; developed new postsecondary articulation and dual college credit agreements for CTE courses; and received and monitored $2.5 million in state and federal grants for enhancing secondary CTE programs. She also served twice as a Texas CTE review committee member for the state’s curriculum standards, specifically in family and consumer sciences and career development. Then she decided to go back and work on her doctorate in FCS while serving as a research associate for three years on the AchieveTexas College and Career Initiative with her colleague and mentor, Dr. Karen L. Alexander.
Cindy has also served in various leadership capacities with the Texas Business and Technology Educators Association, Northwest District of the Texas Affiliate for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Computer Education Association, and the Career and Technology Association of Texas. She currently serves as a postsecondary advisory board member on the New Mexico Career and Technical Leadership Project, which represents all Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) state advisors. She is also a member of the New Mexico Association for Family & Consumer Sciences, New Mexico Association for Career and Technical Education (NMACTE) and the New Mexico Career Development Association (NMCDA). At the national level, she is a member of the National Association of Teacher Educators for Family and Consumer Sciences (NATEFACS), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
She holds a BS and MS from Texas Tech University, Lubbock in secondary business education and a doctorate from Texas Tech University in family and consumer sciences education. Cindy is also nationally certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor through NCDA. Her research interests are in the area of critical science in FCS, academic and CTE integration, and career development. Cindy has received a Leadership Development Academy Award from the National Career Pathways Network; a FCS graduate fellowship from NATEFACS, and Best of Texas Outstanding CTE Award from the Texas Career & Technology Council. She has authored some publications in the area of family and consumer sciences and in career development, and currently serving as editor of the Texas Business and Technology Educators Association Journal.
Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, outdoor activities in the mountains, cross-stitching, and playing softball.