Melissa Miller

Head, Philosophy Library/Humanities Librarian and Assistant University Librarian
USC Libraries Hoose Philosophy Library
Office: MHP 202

Research Areas

Dr. Miller's research areas and interests intersect through the fields of Heritage Conservation and the Digital Humanities, with a focus in medieval manuscripts and rare books. She is an advocate for the advancement of knowledge, access, and diversity of cultural heritage material; and takes a Cognitive Science approach to Instructional Design; and, Information Science, particularly in an online environment. These research areas and interests have led to many presentations, and successful grant funded collaborative projects.

Most recent monograph publication description:

The USC Libraries' Head of the Hoose Library of Philosophy, Humanities Librarian, and an Assistant Professor teaching in the Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program for USC Marshall School of Business, Dr. Melissa L. Miller, has published a new book Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners .

Dr. Miller's approach focuses on teaching adult learners in an online environment (scalable to an in-person learning environment) and she provides a blueprint that academic teaching librarians, and all educators, can apply to their curriculum through instructional design that facilitates a change in students’ motivation and learning strategies. Based on cognitive science, learning and educational theories, as well as motivational theories, this book can help you identify the components of academic learning that contribute to high achievement; help students learn and practice effective learning and study strategies that lead to improved self-efficacy, self-regulation, and knowledge transfer; and improve instructional design for students and educators.

This eBook will be available through the USC Libraries website from EBSCO soon, but in the interim it is available via the the publisher's website:

Published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), September, 2021. Related programming coming soon.


Dr. Miller is a faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC). Her primary roles are the Head Librarian for the historic Hoose Library of Philosophy and a Humanities Librarian. She is the Subject Specialist (research, collection management & development) for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences departments of: Philosophy; Religion; Anthropology; Linguistics; and Classics, and offers research consultations; information literacy instruction and assessment for both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Additionally, she is a teaching faculty member for the Marshall School of Business, Master of Management in Library and Information Science (M.M.L.I.S.). As an Assistant University Professor, she teaches research and professional leadership applications for the internship program. Prior to USC, she worked in the corporate sector for nearly two decades (1991-2009), where she held several leadership positions.

She is also an affiliated faculty member with the USC Center for the Premodern World


Dr. Miller is a first-generation college graduate who earned her Doctorate in Educational Psychology, with a Cognitive Science focus (Ed.D.) from USC Rossier School of Education, a Master of Management in Library and Information Science (M.M.L.I.S.) from USC Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.) from USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences which she completed as a non-traditional transfer student from Pasadena City College with two Associate in Arts degrees in Humanities (A.A.) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (A.A.).

  • Master of Heritage Conservation (M.H.C.), School of Architecture, University of Southern California, (expected, May, 2026)

  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, (August, 2018).

  • Master of Management in Library and Information Science (M.M.L.I.S.), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, (December, 2014)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (B.A.), Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, University of Southern California, (May, 2013)

  • Associate of Arts, Humanities (A.A.), Pasadena City College, (June, 2011)

  • Associate of Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences (A.A.), Pasadena City College, (June, 2011)

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

I can help you with...

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Instruction
  • Research Strategies