Dr. Joyce A. Miller, Ph.D. was a renowned sociologist and researcher and one of Pennsylvania’s leading experts on early childhood education. Joyce passed away on December 25, 2020, her 70th birthday, after a two-year battle with Glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.

Joyce believed that affordable, high-quality early childhood education was a key part of community development and workforce readiness. Joyce graduated from Edinboro University in 1971 and earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Kent State University in 1982. In 1980, Joyce established the KeyStone Research Corporation (KSRC), a research and consulting organization, and served as its president until 2010.

Joyce also had a long career in academia. She was a professor of sociology at Villa Maria College and Gannon University from 1978 through 1999. Additionally, she served as Associate Provost at Gannon University from 1995 through 1997.

Joyce was very active in the Erie community, serving on many committees over the years, including:  Athena Powerlink, Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, Erie Women’s Fund, Manufacturer & Business Association, and SafeNet, to name a few.

Traveling was another passion of Joyce’s. She traveled the world and lived in Bangkok, Thailand, where she completed a three-month Peace Fellowship at the Chulalongkorn University through the Rotary Peace Center. She was also involved in People to People International, which took her on many different adventures. She also undertook the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro a few years before her brain cancer diagnosis.