John C H Miller III

Assistant Director, New College, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama

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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.

John C H Miller III