Dr. Corey Seemiller has worked in higher education for more than 20 years in both faculty and administrative positions in higher education. She has both taught and directed programs related to her areas of expertise, which include leadership, civic engagement, career development, and social justice. Her student affairs background includes Residence Life, Academic Advising, Career Services, Fraternity and Sorority Programs, Educational Opportunity Program (recruitment and retention of low-income, first-generation students), and Student Involvement and Leadership.
Dr. Seemiller currently serves as an award-winning faculty member in the department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University and previously held roles including Director of Leadership, Learning, and Assessment at OrgSync, Inc., a campus management technology platform and Director of Leadership Programs at the University of Arizona.
Leading Expert on Generation Z
Dr. Seemiller has been on the forefront of research and publishing about Generation Z since the generation began entering college. In collaboration with her co-collaborator, Dr. Meghan Grace, she conducted her first nation-wide mixed-methods study on Generation Z college students in 2014, her second, the Generation Z Stories Project, in 2017, and the third, Gen Z Voices on Voting in 2019. She and Dr. Grace have published four books – Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z Leads, Generation Z: A Century in the Making, and Generation Z Learns, the Gen Z Voices on Voting Report, the Campus of Tomorrow Report, as well as several scholarly and trade publication articles. Dr. Seemiller has been interviewed by NPR, The New York Times, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg, and several other national and local print, radio, TV, and online media outlets. She speaks all over the world at conferences and institutions about Generation Z and frequently consults for marketing firms and corporations on how to market to and hire Gen Z.
Prominent Voice in Leadership Education
In addition to her work on Generation Z, she is the author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook designed to help educators develop intentional curriculum that enhances leadership competency development with students as well as designed evaluation measurements for each competency, an online database that outlines leadership competencies needed by each academically accredited industry, a workbook, online competency self-assessment, and an iOS app. Dr. Seemiller also co-authored an award-winning children’s book, Fenix: The Fearless Feline, with her then 8 year-old Gen Z daughter.
Dr. Seemiller served as the 2014 and 2015 Co-Chair for the National Leadership Symposium and the 2015, 2017, and 2019 Co-Chair of the Leadership Education Academy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lead365, as a member of SAGE ‘s Editorial Advisory Board for the Leadership Videos Collection, an Associate Editor with the Journal of Leadership Studies, and a founder and Board member of the Sonoran Center for Leadership Development, which offers affordable and accessible leadership development training for individuals and groups in Southern Arizona.
Dr. Seemiller received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Arizona State University, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona.
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