Miller, Karen

Karen L.
Miller, Ph.D., RN
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Karen Miller
  • Currently the Dean of the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing at the University Of Kansas (KU)
  • Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University Of Kansas (KU)
  • President of KU HealthPartners, Inc.
  • Served a four-year term on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 1995
  • Named a Fellow in the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (FASAHP) in 2010

       Dr. Karen Miller currently serves as the Dean of the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing, as well as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Kansas. Dr. Miller has served the KU Medical Center campus since 1996 when she began as Dean of the School of Nursing. Her leadership is demonstrated in the many different aspects of strategic planning, faculty and staff development, fiscal management, and public relations in which she is involved. Not only does Dr. Miller serve the University of Kansas Medical Center well, but she also is a positive representation of the State of Kansas as she is involved in many professional and federal organizations.

       Prior to her arrival at KU, Dr. Miller was Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services at The Children's Hospital, Denver, and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Miller has over forty years of experience in health care education and administration. Dr. Miller completed her baccalaureate degree in nursing at Case Western Reserve University and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado. Her research has been in the areas of health systems, finance and patient care outcomes. She has published on the organizational context of patient care, financial management of clinical services and healthcare workforce issues. She is President of KU HealthPartners, Inc., a direct clinical services corporation for allied health and nursing professionals.

         Dr. Miller has worked to increase the number of interdisciplinary courses and projects at the Medical Center, and has developed innovative partnerships to advance the state of the science of nursing by collaborating with Cerner Corporation and the American Nurses Association. She continues to build accomplishments by focusing on workforce issues in Kansas by working with many local and national groups to address the issues of the demand of nursing and allied health professionals. Dr. Miller is described by Dr. Barbara Atkinson as “a student advocate [who] is dedicated to ensuring that KU is preparing outstanding health care professionals.” Her easy manner creates an atmosphere where individuals feel comfortable coming forward to ask questions and express concerns.

       Not only has Dr. Miller focused on increasing the number of nurses and allied health professionals to meet the demand of people in these fields, she has also recognized the importance of training more teachers by using faculty-enhancement, cutting-edge information technology, and interdisciplinary teaching strategies. Roger Lambson said of Dr. Miller, “The end product of her leadership continues to serve as a favored gathering place on the campus and reflects her vision and commitment to create and maintain a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for innovative administrative, teaching, and research endeavors.”

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