Diane Millis, Ph.D., teaches Narrative Leadership in the DMin program at United. Dr. Millis joined the UTS faculty in 2017, when she was invited to serve as a consultant to implement the innovation grants UTS had received from the Association for Theological Schools. In that role, Diane designed workshops for faculty and students on cultivating spiritual formation through narrative, developed and taught a new course How Our Stories Shape our Leadership, and worked with faculty to embed narrative identity formation across the curriculum.
Before joining the UTS faculty, Dr. Millis served as a leadership coach and consultant for the Lilly Endowment, Inc., working with leadership teams at colleges, universities, and theological schools throughout the United States. Diane is the founder of Companions on a Journey at the College of Saint Benedict, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Journey Conversations Project. She hosted and produced Lives Explored, a video storytelling project for the Collegeville Institute, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
In addition to teaching, program development, and writing, Dr. Millis is a popular presenter and retreat facilitator for participants in a wide array of sectors—educational, congregational, non-profit, philanthropic, health care, and corporate.
- Ph.D. Family Studies, University of Minnesota
- M.A. Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
- B.A. Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
Teaching and Ministry Interests
- Leadership Development
- Spiritual Formation
- Spiritual Direction
- Narrative Identity
- Re-Creating a Life: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story. Bellevue, WA: Spiritual Directors International Press, 2019.
- Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading With Meaning, Purpose and Joy. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015.
- Conversation–The Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2013.
- “Narrative Stances in Spiritual Direction: Hearing Others to Their Life-Giving Story.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction 24, no. 4 (2018): 5- 12.
- “Opening the Lens of the Heart: Looking Out at the World, Seeing Inside Ourselves.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction Vol. 23, no. 3 (2016): 22-28.
- “Welcoming and Engaging New Contemplatives through Appreciatively Focused Conversations.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction Vol. 19, no. 2 (2013): 7–14.
- “Cultivating Compassion through Group Spiritual Companioning.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction Vol. 18, no. 3 (2012): 6–14.
- “A Tangle of Laws: A Catholic Response” in Ethics And World Religions: Cross-Cultural Case Studies, edited by Regina Wentzel Wolfe and Christine E. Gudorf (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1999), 76-85.
- “Who is our Guest?: Reflections on Benedictine Hospitality” in Ecumenical People, Programs, Papers (Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Occasional Paper No. 52, 1999), 7-11.
- Author, Companions on a Journey: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation at the College of Saint Benedict, MN, November 2002.
- Author, Planning grant for the Theological Exploration of Vocation, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation at the College of Saint Benedict, MN, March 2002.