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Sharyn Slavin Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, College Counseling and Student Development
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5485
Fax: (626) 815-5484
Sharyn Slavin Miller, Ph.D., spent the past 26 years as a professional administrator of student affairs in two institutions. She worked in residential life, career development, student activities, and community service, and served as assistant dean of student affairs, at the University of Southern California. Just prior to coming to APU as a full-time faculty member, she was the assistant vice president for student affairs at the California Institute of Technology. Her teaching and research interests focus on diversity issues in higher education, student development theory, today’s college students, and counseling and mental health issues of today’s students. She served on the executive committee of Southern California for Region VI of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), co-chaired a regional conference for NASPA, and was given NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession award in 2013.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration/Educational Psychology (Supplementary Field: Counseling Psychology; Outside Area: Human Resource Development), University of Southern California
  • M.S., Counseling: College Student Affairs, University of Southern California
  • M.S., Education, Southern Connecticut College
  • B.S., English, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Higher Education


  • College Student Affairs
  • Diversity in Student Affairs
  • Educational Psychology
  • Higher Education

Courses Taught

  • CCSD 552 – The Process of Adult Development
  • CCSD 562 – Today’s College Students
  • CCSD 563 – Counseling: The Helping Relationship
  • CCSD 567 – The Role of Diversity in Student Affairs Practice
  • CCSD 583 – Counseling Issues and Practice