Bringing Leadership to Life

  • Robert Millward portraitLeadership. It’s not just something we talk about. It’s something we practice in everything we do—a thread that weaves together every aspect of the IUP experience. This is the kind of place where you’ll learn leadership skills in the classroom and discover innumerable opportunities to apply those skills outside the classroom. Where your professors will also become your role models. And inspire you, by example, to become the kind of leader who can make a difference in the world.

    “Challenging experiences, innovative teaching, and rigorous standards are concepts that I believe are essential for teaching,” said College of Education and Communications  professor Dr. Robert Millward, whose responsibilities include overseeing IUP’s doctoral program in administration and leadership. “There is no such thing as a boring subject, but, at the same time, it is up to the teacher to make the subject exciting and challenging.”

    IUP students graduate as positive educators and ethical, culturally sensitive leaders who understand that kids are kids, whether they live in rural towns like Clymer or Apollo or in the heart of cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and London

    —Robert Millward

    Dr. Millward should know. Talk to some of his students when you visit IUP, and they’ll tell you that his classes are anything but boring. Imagine attending a class on ethical decision making that involves an analysis of such Jimmy Stewart movies as It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Or one that involves assisting sixth-graders at a local school develop and perform a play based on It’s a Wonderful Life in order to explore a series of ethical dilemmas. “At IUP,” said Dr. Millward, “we do a really good job of providing educational experiences that expand the way students think, including student-teaching opportunities in urban areas across the nation, as well as in Europe.”

    Like a majority of IUP faculty members, Dr. Millward has a passion for challenging students in innovative ways, and that passion has been a hallmark of his distinguished career as an educator. Consider his fascinating array of current and past research, scholarly, and creative initiatives:

    He is the author of a unique leadership curriculum at IUP as well as a DVD titled A Leadership Walk Across Gettysburg, which illustrates leadership decisions related to the Battle of Gettysburg.

    He has developed a highly effective curriculum for elementary and middle schools using the paintings of such nationally acclaimed artists as Robert Griffing and John Buxton to bring to life the rich history of the Eastern Woodland Indian as well as the French and Indian War era.

    He has conducted groundbreaking research on remote one-room schools in rural Alaska, Arizona, Maine, and Pennsylvania in the mid-nineties, and even published moving short stories based on his firsthand experiences at these schools.

    He received a three-year, $250,000 grant in the mid-eighties to develop an innovative series of simulations designed to assess the teaching skills of education majors.