Eric C. Miller, Ph.D.
Eric C. Miller, Ph.D. joined the department in fall 2013 after completing a Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. His dissertation, "Fighting for Freedom: Culture War Rhetoric and the Liberal Tradition," analyzes how leaders of conservative Christian political movements struggle for control of liberal ideographs such as "rights," "liberty," and "freedom." A regular presenter at regional and national conferences, his research is concerned with religious participation in the public sphere. His writing has appeared in Voices of Democracy and Advances in the History of Rhetoric.
Dr. Miller teaches CommStud 103: Public Speaking and CommStud 106: Small Group Communication. He comes to both of these courses with a "civic engagement" focus, encouraging students not just to become better public speakers, but to think seriously about what they want to say. Students who enroll in either will be encouraged to realize their potential both as thinkers and as citizens.