The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


2015 Innovative Teaching Award Winner

Dr. Joseph R. Miles is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2010 at the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also earned a master’s degree in educational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UIUC.

He teaches courses on multicultural psychology, group interventions, and social justice. His undergraduate multicultural psychology students engage in intergroup dialogues designed to build relationships across groups, develop critical awareness of social issues, and develop capacities to promote social justice. In addition, students in his graduate courses receive training and experience in facilitating intergroup dialogues, and developing and implementing other systemic interventions aimed at addressing social injustices in Knox County. He serves as a Safe Zone trainer at UTK, and also regularly facilitates Diversity Dialogues on campus. His program of research also centers on multiculturalism and social justice. He is specifically interested in the process and outcomes of intergroup dialogue; multicultural education; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; and health equity. He is also active in community-based efforts to address health inequity in Knox County.  

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin