John C H Miller III
Degree and Year:
Assistant Director, New College
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama
Professional Background:After graduating from Duke, I worked in Alabama politics, earned an MA in American Literature, earned a JD and practiced law for six years before returning to education. Now I teach for and help administer the University of Alabamaäó»s New College program, where students work with faculty advisors to create self-designed majors in interdisciplinary studies.
How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?:My time in Duke English fundamentally shaped my professional success. It prepared me for graduate school and law school. Further, I rely daily on lessons I learned in critical thinking, research, and writing at Duke. Finally, I am still burnishing creative writing talents honed with Duke faculty, Jim Applewhite and Deborah Pope (and visiting professor Mary Oliver), and have published poems with several journals.