Alumnus, Notable Urban Education Scholar H. Richard Milner to Keynote Honors and Awards Convocation

Thursday, March 30, 2017


SC State University Alumnus Dr. H. Richard Milner, IV, will return to his Alma Mater as the keynote speaker for an annual event that acknowledges the academic accomplishments of SC State student scholars. Milner, who has distinguished himself as an expert in urban education, will address some 600 students who will be honored for academic excellence at the university’s spring Honors and Awards Convocation.


Centered on the theme, Maximizing Today’s Achievements to Face Tomorrow’s Challenges,the ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at 3 p.m. in Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.


During the convocation ceremony, the university community will acknowledge students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and service.  Such distinctions are symbolically represented through the attainment of presidential medallion pins (gold, silver and bronze) and special academic scholarships and awards.


Milner currently serves as the Helen Faison Endowed chair of Urban Education, professor of education, as well as  director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  A fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Milner’s research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature and the social context of education.


His work has appeared in numerous journals and has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), National Education Association Today and Education Week.


Milner has authored five published books. His book, Start Where You are But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms, published in 2010 by Harvard Education Press, received two major awards: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Book Award (2012) and the American Education Studies Association Critics’ Choice Book Award (2011). This book is widely read in teacher education programs and school districts across the United States. He is also author of Rac(e)ing to Class (Harvard Education Press, 2015). Currently, he is editor-in-chief of Urban Education and co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Education.


A Griffin, Georgia native, Milner earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in teaching from SC State. At the Ohio State University, Milner completed the Master of Arts and Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership.


The Honors and Awards Convocation program is free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the SC State University Honors College office at (803) 533-3710 or (803) 533-3790.