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Professor Emeritus Donald Miller has the longest record of service to UCM among individuals who are being honored at this year’s emeriti recognition dinner. He retired June 30, 2009 after serving the university for approximately 40 years.
Miller joined the faculty at UCM in 1968 as an assistant professor of physics and was later promoted to associate professor. He already had about eight years of teaching experience by the time he arrived on campus. Early opportunities in the classroom included serving as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he completed his master’s degree in physics, followed by teaching experiences at Panhandle State College in Goodwell, OK, and Texas A&M University at College Station. He earned his doctorate in physics at Texas A&M and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics education at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE.
Throughout his tenure at UCM, Miller taught a number of courses specifically to satisfy a portion of the General Studies science requirement. He also taught an Algebra-based introductory sequence of courses designed for students in areas of life sciences, certain applied sciences, and teacher education; calculus-based introductory courses designed for students in areas of physics, engineering and mathematics; and upper-division courses and laboratories for students in physics and pre-engineering programs.
He continuously looked for ways to integrate computers and their applications into the educational process, and was a prolific grant writer. His grant proposals garnered thousands of dollars over the years to help meet equipment needs in his department and to enhance laboratory experiences for students.
Miller’s strong record of university service includes many years on the Faculty Senate and membership on numerous department, college and university committees.