Dr. Miller received a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (all in English), and an M.Ed. in Reading from Boston State College. He then taught at the University of Connecticut (at Storrs and Stamford) and Emanuel College in Boston. Since 1974 Dr. Miller has taught developmental, introductory composition courses, and upper level courses on the following topics: Contemporary Fiction, British Novel, Romanticism, The Victorian Age, Holocaust Literature, The Novel Until 1920, Major British Writers, Great Books, and Non-Western Literature.
Dr. Miller has presented papers on such writers as Ford Madox Ford, John Galsworthy, John Le Carre, William Styron, Robert Stone, Mario Vargas Llosa, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion , Ninotchka Rosca, Jose Donoso, Gore Vidal, and John Updike. Dr. Miller has also presented film papers on the directors Nicholas Roeg, Orson Welles, Sam Peckinpah, and Robert Aldrich. Between 1989 and 2006, he will have presented at least one paper each year at the Popular Culture Annual Meeting and/or the PCAS (Popular Culture in the South) Annual Meeting. Next March (2006), Dr. Miller will present a paper on J.G. Dunne’s Jack Broderick Trilogy at the PCA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
Dr. Miller participated in two NEH- funded series held in South Carolina libraries. In the Images of Romantic Love series, he presented a lecture and chaired a discussion about Gail Godwin’s novel A Mother and Two Daughters, held at The Citadel in Charleston. At the time, some film research came to an abrupt halt because Dr. Miller became addicted to Gail Godwin and read seven of her novels instead - he concluded that she was well worth it.
In another NEH-funded library series, Dr. Miller presented a lecture and led a discussion of Madame Bovary at the Walterboro , S.C. Library.
Dr. Miller has served on many University and Department committees since 1974, chairing at least four of them. He is most proud of the film and cultural series that he chaired in the 1970s, including symposia and guest lectures (combined with films, poetry readings and music recitals) on such topics as The South in Film, The Life and Songs of Hector Berlioz, and A Clockwork Orange). He is also proud to have served on the Music Committee of the USC Aiken Cultural Series since its inception, and to have been the Vice-President of the USC Aiken Chapter of the AAUP since its inception.