Dr. Corey Seemiller has worked in higher education for more than 20 years in both faculty and administrative positions. She has both taught and directed programs related to her areas of expertise, which include leadership, civic engagement, career development, and social justice. 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. Dr. Seemiller cofounded the Sonoran Center for Leadership Development in 2008 to offer affordable and accessible leadership development training for individuals and groups in Southern 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 five books – Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z LeadsGeneration Z: A Century in the Making, Generation Z Learns, and Gen Z Around the World, as well as the Gen Z Voices on Voting Report, the Campus of Tomorrow Report, and several scholarly and trade publication articles.

Dr. Seemiller recently co-led the Global Gen Z Study where she worked with 91 research collaborators from around the globe to better understand Generation Z in a post-COVID world. Participants from 81 countries took part in the study, and the research was published in Gen Z Around the World with Emerald Publishing. She just completed her fifth study, Generations in the World of Work, and is writing a book with the same name.

Dr. Seemiller’s work has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, as well as in several other news publications and academic journals. She has also been interviewed for podcasts as well as TV and radio shows worldwide and has engaged in market research consulting for Fortune 10, 50, and 500 companies. Her highly popular TED Talk on Generation Z at TEDxDayton showcased how Generation Z is making a difference in the world and has been watched by more than a quarter million viewers. 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 Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z Leads, and Generation Z: A Century in the Making, Dr. Seemiller 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.




Hear Dr. Seemiller discuss the characteristics and styles of Generation Z in a piece entitled, “University of Arizona Grads Look Into Generation Z Going To College.”


Kay-TwelveKay-Twelve Better Learning

Dr. Seemiller shares with Kay-Twelve President her thoughts on “Generation Z” in college and in the workplace in this hour-long podcast.


Academic MinuteAcademic Minute on WAMC

Dr. Seemiller gave a 2-minute talk on Generation Z and politics, called “Young Voters,” that aired on the national radio show, the Academic Minute, before the 2016 election.




Growing LeadersGrowing Leaders

In this hour-long show, Dr. Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z with Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders. Hear her share her thoughts on “What We’ve Learned as Generation Z Goes to College.”





KTARThink Tank on KTAR

Hear Dr. Seemiller discuss characteristics and trends of Generation Z on this hour-long show, the Think Tank, on KTAR Radio. Her interview with the hosts is entitled, “What is ‘Generational Shift’? Are You a ‘Generation Z’?”


Learn more about Dr. Seemiller’s work here.

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