Initial Publication Date: September 4, 2014

Gretchen Miller

Wake Tech Community College

Gretchen Miller is a SAGE 2YC local workshop leader and an Associate Professor at Wake Tech Community College. She co-convened the 2015 workshop Supporting 2YC Geoscience Students and Faculty in the Classroom and Beyond and the 2014 workshop Helping Two-Year College Students Succeed in Geoscience Courses, both at Wake Tech Community College. She also helped faculty incorporate The Math You Need, When You Need It mathematics tutorials into their courses as a leader of the 2012 TMYN workshop in Seattle.

In her essay "Collaboration Between Wake Tech and NC State to Increase the Number and Diversity of Geoscience Students" Miller describes the pathway she developed to identify and support future geoscience students. Her essay "Activities that Support Student Success in Traditional and Online Introductory Geoscience Courses at Wake Tech" describes some of the engagement techniques she uses, focusing on online courses in particular. Miller has a Bachelor's degree in Geological Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master's degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked as a hydrogeologist for an environmental consulting firm for six years prior to teaching at Wake Tech, and is a Licensed Geologist in North Carolina.

Miller is an Executive Counselor with the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD).


Miller teaches Physical Geology (lecture/lab seated, lecture/lab online) and Environmental Geology (lecture/lab seated).

Professional Interests

Miller's educational interests focus on different teaching methods and their application to the many different student populations she engages. She also connects students interested in geoscience careers with educational, field, and professional opportunities by facilitating student internships and participation with local professional groups. She successfully uses The Math You Need, When You Need It in her courses, and supports its use by other faculty in her department. Her geoscience interests include hydrogeology and planetary geology. Miller also loves to travel to geologically interesting locations and shares these experiences with her students.


Wake Technical Community College is the largest two-year college in North Carolina. It has over 69,000 students - 56% of whom are women and 24% of whom are African American or Black. Wake Tech serves the greater Raleigh, NC region in Wake County from five campuses and other sites.