October 2 Milestones Celebration and Fund-a-Scholarship Dinner to Honor Judith A. Miller

Judy Miller and the School of Social Work faculty, circa mid-1980's

The School of Social Work is proud to host the October 2 Fund-a-Scholarship Dinner to support our new Judith A. Miller Scholarship for undergraduate social work students.  Judy Miller was the first Department Chair of the joint St. Kate’s – St. Thomas Social Work program.  Her commitment to student-centered teaching, collaboration, and community engagement helped lay the foundation upon which the School of Social Work continues to build.                         

Judy Miller graduated from the College of St. Catherine (CSC) in 1965 with a major in Social Welfare and completed her MSW (1967) and PhD (1981) from the University of Minnesota.  Upon joining the faculty of the College of St. Catherine (’69-’70), she designed the Social Work Major and subsequently implemented the joint Social Work Department with the College of St. Catherine and the College of St. Thomas (’71-’73). She led the joint BSW program through the newly implemented Council on Social Work Education accreditation process, which was granted in 1974, the first year this status was available.  Dr. Miller taught full-time in the undergraduate and subsequently in the graduate program from 1969 – 2002, when she began a phased process to her retirement in 2004, a total of 35 years. 

After graduating from CSC, Judy worked in Marriage, Family and Individual Counseling at Catholic Charities (’67-’69) and continued there part-time from 1969-1976 in the Marriage Counseling program. Throughout her career, she used her social work skills in the local and national community to provide workshops and consultation for women in religious communities; for social workers and others working in church-related ministries; for social work agency staff to address working relationships, decision-making, organization functioning and leadership; and for a school program for immigrants learning English as a second language.

During her career, Dr. Miller received numerous awards, including the St. Kate’s “Faculty Teaching and Advising Award” in ‘82-‘83. Students consistently described her as an excellent instructor with a sense of humor, who was organized, enthusiastic, student friendly, knowledgeable and accessible. In a nomination letter for the faculty teaching award, one student noted: “On a personal level she is very enthusiastic, warm, humorous, and intelligent.  And what makes her so unique is that she carries these traits with her into the classroom.  She truly is a unique and talented teacher.”  Another nominator commented “her teaching techniques of direct student participation … have been of great service to myself as a social work student.”

The School of Social Work is excited to continue Judy’s legacy of student support and professional advancement with the development of the Judith A. Miller Scholarship. Judy will be joining us from her home in Arizona for the Milestones Celebration and Fund-a-Scholarship Dinner on October 2.  We hope you can join us as well!

Register to attend the Milestones Celebration: http://www.alumni.stthomas.edu/sw15»

Donate to the Judith A. Miller Scholarship or one of the other School of Social Work Funds»