Jane Miller

Jane E. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor

Research Professor, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
B.A. (Economics) Williams College; M.A. (Demography), University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. (Demography), University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 543

Phone (848) 932-2965

Fax (732) 932-6872

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research
112 Paterson Street, Room 454
phone (848) 932-6730; fax (732) 932-1253
E-mail: jem@rutgers.edu

 

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  • Courses
  • Advising

Jane E. Miller (Ph.D., Pennsylvania, 1989) is a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Research Professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IHHCPAR). Dr. Miller's research interests include relationships between poverty, child health, health insurance, and access to health care. Collaborating with colleagues at the Center for State Health Policy and New Jersey's Department of Human Services, she has conducted several studies of New Jersey's State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) on issues related to program retention, chronic childhood illness, and other issues. She received a Faculty Scholar's Award from the William T. Grant Foundation for her work on poverty dynamics and child well-being. Dr. Miller is a faculty associate at both the Center for Research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University, and the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. A specialist in quantitative communication and statistical literacy, she has written the following books: The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, and The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, 2nd Edition, and a series of related articles in teaching and research journals. Dr. Miller is the Faculty Director of Project L/Earn, an intensive social science health research training internship program for undergraduates, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program on Building Human Capital. She received the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from Rutgers' Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates in 2007. With funding from an Academic Excellence Fund grant, she is collaborating with Dr. Joel Cantor and Deedee Davis on the Rutgers Research Data Center Initiative to develop a confidential research data center for the social, economic and health sciences at Rutgers.

 

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

Research Interests

  • Statistical literacy
  • Quantitative communication
  • Poverty and child health
  • Access to health care

 

Selected Recent Research Articles

BOOKS, CHAPTERS, AND PAPERS RELATED TO WRITING ABOUT NUMBERS

Latest Book and Videos

J.E. Miller, 2013. The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, 2nd Edition. The Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press [includes lecture slides, spreadsheet templates, video lectures and data sets]

 

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Suggestions for instructors

 


 

Materials for all levels (middle school through post-doctoral)

 

Materials for those with training in multivariate statistics

 

ALL LEVELS (MIDDLE SCHOOL THROUGH POST-DOCTORAL)

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Documents Video/Audio Lectures

J.E. Miller, 2004. The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers. The Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing. University of Chicago Press.

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J.E. Miller, 2006. “How to Communicate Statistical Findings: An Expository Writing Approach.” Chance. 19(4):43-49.

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J.E. Miller, 2010. “Quantitative Literacy across the Curriculum: Integrating Skills from English Composition, Mathematics, and the Substantive Disciplines.” The Educational Forum. 74(4):334-46.

  • Recommended for middle school and high school teachers.
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J.E. Miller, 2013. “Getting to Know your Variables: An Exercise to Prepare Students to Undertake Data Analysis.” Working paper, Rutgers University.

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J.E. Miller, 2008. “Contributions of Expository Writing to Numeric Communication: Guidelines for Writing up Word Problems.” Working paper, Rutgers University.

  • Recommended for middle school and high school teachers.
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J.E. Miller, 2007. “Organizing Data in Tables and Charts: Different Criteria for Different Tasks.” Teaching Statistics. 29(3):98-101.

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J.E. Miller, 2007. “Preparing and Presenting Effective Research Posters.” Health Services Research. Volume 42(1):311-328, with appendixes online.

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  • Overview of preparing and presenting posters
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  • Designing effective slides and poster pages
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  • Comparison of paper, speech and poster
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  • Presenting statistical results to non-statistical audiences
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Materials for all levels (middle school through post-doctoral)

 

Matierials for those with training in multivariate statistics

 

FOR THOSE WITH TRAINING IN MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS

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Documents Video/Audio Lectures

J.E. Miller, 2013. The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, 2nd Edition. The Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
[includes lecture slides, spreadsheet templates, video lectures and data sets]

Study guide

 

Suggestions for instructors

Visit Website

J.E. Miller, 2005.The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis. The Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing. University of Chicago Press.

Study guide  
J.E. Miller and L. Wu. 2009. “Teaching How to Write about Multivariate Analysis: Suggested Courses and Exercises.” Working paper, Rutgers University. pdf  

J.E. Miller and Y.V. Rodgers, 2008. “Economic Importance and Statistical Significance: Guidelines for Communicating Empirical Research.” Feminist Economics. 14(2): 117-149.

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J.E. Miller, 2005. “Presenting Statistical Results to Non-statistical Audiences.” (See also Chapter 16 in The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, University of Chicago Press.)

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J.E. Miller, 2008. "The Goldilocks Principle: Avoiding Pitfalls in Interpretation of Regression Coefficients." Social Science Research Network (SSRN) eLibrary.

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J.E. Miller, 2008. “Interpreting the Substantive Significance of Regression Coefficients.” 2008 Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Statistical Education Section [CD-ROM], Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.

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J.E. Miller, 2008. “Writing about Hazards Models: Practical Guidelines for Effective Presentation.” Working paper, Rutgers University; version with examples from medicine and public health.

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J.E. Miller, 2008. “Writing about Hazards Models: Practical Guidelines for Effective Presentation.” Working paper, Rutgers University;version with examples from economics.

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J.E. Miller, 2007. “Presenting Quantitative Research Results,” Chapter 42 in: G.J. Miller and K. Yang, editors: Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, 2nd edition. Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis, Inc. pp. 861-878.

   

Undergraduate Courses

  • Field Practicum in Public Health
  • Research Methods

 

General tools for students investigating careers and applying for jobs or graduate school

 

Tools for students applying to graduate school

 


 

General tools for students investigating careers and applying for jobs or graduate school

 

Template to help organize materials for your letter writers (e.g., references for internships, jobs, or graduate school)

 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Search the Occupational Outlook Handbook web site to learn more about careers you are considering.

  • Quick facts on each occupation class
    • Median pay
    • Entry level education required
    • Work experience
    • On-the job training
    • # of expected jobs
    • Job growth (% and #) 2010-2010
  • Detailed information
    • What they do
    • Work environment
    • How to become one
    • Pay
    • Similar occupations (cross-linked); good way to learn about alternatives so you can compare them in terms of responsibilities, skills and training, pay, etc

 


 

Tools for students applying to graduate school


Recommended book:
Asher, Donald.  2008. Graduate Admissions Essays: Write your Way into the Graduate School of your Choice, 3rd edition. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. Available through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other vendors
Chapters on:

  • Should you go to grad school, and how are you going to pay for this?
  • Choosing a school or program
  • Planning and managing your application
  • Three chapters on writing essays
  • Sample essays
  • Letters of recommendation

 

Graduate school comparison grid: Template to help you

  • Identify information to collect about programs you are considering
    • Basic program information (university, degree type, web site, contact information)
      • Application information (prerequisites; # letters; common application)
    • Fit of the program with your interests
    • Funding
  • Select a range of schools based on likelihood of admission (backup, solid, and reach; see Asher book for definitions)
  • Organize your application process (deadlines, action status)