H. Richard Milner IV, PhDDirector, Center for Urban Education
Helen Faison Chair in Urban Education
Professor of Education, - Social Work and Africana Studies
Editor-in-Chief, Urban Education



4315 Wesley Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260


H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Professor of Education, Professor of Social Work (by courtesy), and Professor of Africana Studies (by courtesy) as well as Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  Previously, Professor Milner was Lois Autrey Betts Associate Professor and Associate Professor of Education in the Departments of Teaching and Learning and Leadership, Policy and Organizations (by courtesy) as well as a founding director of the graduate program, Learning, Diversity and Urban Studies at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. 

At Vanderbilt, in 2008, he became the first Black person to earn promotion and tenure in the entire College of Education’s 225-year history. He is a policy fellow of the National Education Policy Center. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the sociology of education.  In particular, Professor Milner’s research examines practices that support teachers for success in urban schools.
Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published five books. His 2010 book, published by Harvard Education Press, Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today’s classrooms, represents years of research and development effort.

The book is considered a bestseller and has been recognized with two awards: (1) the 2012 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Book Award, and (2) a 2011 American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Book Award. In 2006, Professor Milner received an Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, the world’s largest educational research organization. 

Over the last two years, Professor Milner has appeared on the top 200 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Ranking, published by Education Week (#95 in 2013 and #88 in 2014).  

In 2012, Professor Milner was honored with The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Alumnus Award. Currently, he is Editor-in-chief of Urban Education and co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Education with Kofi Lomotey, published with Routledge Press in 2014.     
During the summer of 2010, Professor Milner was honored with a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at York University in Toronto, Canada, where he taught in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program.  Also during the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2013, he served as a Visiting Faculty member in the department of Policy and Leadership at the University of Texas-Austin. In 2012, Dr. Milner served as a Visiting Scholar of the Graduate School of Education’s Scholars of Color Symposium Series at the University of Pennsylvania.

But most importantly, Professor Milner and his wife are the proud parents of identical twin daughters Anna and Elise.