Ann Miller To Be Honored At Convocation April 23

April 15, 2003
News Photo 1273photo by John Pattillo for Baylor Magazine

Ann Miller, professor of English and Master Teacher at Baylor University, will be presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the annual Honors Week Convocation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Foyer of Meditation at Armstrong Browning Library.

"In honoring Professor Ann Miller, we also honor the tradition of great teaching at Baylor University," said Dr. Wallace Daniel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "The capacity to inspire, to connect to others, to challenge dogma, and to uplift aspirations are qualities that are ingrained in teaching. Professor Miller exemplifies these qualities, and has always exemplified them, par excellence."

Miller graduated from Baylor in 1949 and was appointed to the English department faculty in 1961. Named a full professor in 1984, she was designated a Master Teacher of Literature in 1982, one of the first two professors to attain this distinction. Miller, who also is recognized as a poet, is revered by many alumni as the professor who heightened their appreciation for literature and enhanced their writing skills. She is the widow of Dr. Robert Miller, who served as chair of the department of political science and was renowned for his knowledge of constitutional law.

The Convocation also will feature an address by Dr. Alden Smith, associate professor and chair of the classics program and director of the University Scholars Program. A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Smith received a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College, a master of arts degree from the University of Vermont and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the Baylor faculty in 1994, he taught at the University of Vermont, the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University. Smith has authored a number of books and articles in his areas of scholarly interest, which include Augustan poetry, Greek poetry, Hellenistic and Roman art. One of the developers and the director since 1994 of the Baylor in Italy program, Smith also has been a faculty sponsor and serves on the board of trustees of the national classics honor society Eta Sigma Phi, as well as historian of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Baylor.

The Harry and Anna Jeanes Honors Week, now in its 11th year, celebrates the academic accomplishments of some of the brightest students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The week's core activities will begin April 22 with students' presentations of their senior honors thesis. Presentations will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22; from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23; from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24; and from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 25. All presentations will take place at Morrison Hall room 205.

The Convocation and thesis presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-3361.

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