Faculty and Staff

Nancy J. Miller, Ph.D.

Nancy Miller

321 Gifford
(970) 491-5811


Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Teaching Emphasis

  • Merchandising
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Opportunities
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Research Methods

Research Emphasis

  • Rural community market place exchange
  • Small and family-owned business
  • Business networks
  • U.S. Manufacturing

Research and Scholarship (selected)

Miller, N. J., Yan R-N., Jankovska, D. & Hensley, C. (2017). Exploring US Millennial consumers' consumption values in relation to traditional and social cause apparel product attributes and purchase intentions. Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 8(1), 54-68.

Miller, N. J.,Yan, R.-N., & Calamari, S. (2014). Occasionally Open Always an Experience: Limiting Store Hours, International Journal of Retailing and Distribution Management, 42 (2), 92-105.

Besser, T. L. & Miller, N. J. (2013). Social Capital, Local Businesses, and U.S. Rural Community Amenities, Journal of Rural Studies, 32, 186-195.

Besser, T.L. & Miller, N. J. (2013). Community Matters: Successful Entrepreneurship in Rural Locations. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (Volume 14 issue 1 (15-27)

Besser, T. L, Miller, N. J., & Malik, R. (2012). Community Amenity Measurement for the Great Fly-Over Zone. Social Indicators Research. Volume 106, Issue 2 (2012), Page 393-405.

Besser, T. L, & Miller, N. J. (2011). The Structural and Social Factors Associated with Successful Business Networks. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. 23 (3-4), 113-134.

Miller, N. J., Besser, T. L., & Vigna, D. (2011). Networking Among Apparel Store Owners in Small U.S. Communities. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 29(1), 83-97.

Awards, Recognitions, Grants, and Competitions (selected)

2017 Received grant funding from National Science Foundation’s Science of Organizations Program $385,000, Program Directors Miller, N. J. and Engel-Enright, C., The Impact of Network Relational Characteristics on Emerging Small manufacturing Cluster Development and Linkages.

2014 Named International Textiles and Apparel Association ITAA Fellow

2010 Received the Pearson Prentice Hall Award, Outstanding Contributions to the Field International Textiles and Apparel Association

2009 Received the International Family Enterprise Research Academy, Best Paper Award The Family Firm Institute Annual Conference

2008 Received  grant funding from USDA National Research Initiative, Rural Development $500,000 Project Directors Besser, T.L., Miller, N. J., Hernandez, H., Goe, W. R., Vigna, D.,   Latino and Women Owned Businesses as Generators of Amenity Rich Rural towns in the Corn Belt and Northern Plains States.

2007 Received the Journal of Small Business Management and Office Depot Forum's Best Paper Award, Florida Atlantic University

2005 Received grant funding from the National Science Foundation's  Innovation and Organizational Change Program $388,000. Project Directors Miller, N. J., & Besser, T., Collaborative Research on Network Creation and Outcomes for Small Business Innovation and Success.