Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Christopher A. Miller

Christopher A. Miller

Associate Director & Curator, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
College Curator, Berea College

Mailing: CPO 2196, Berea, KY 40404

Office: Stephenson Hall, Room 225
General Office Hours: M-F, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm, I am happy to receive unscheduled visitors during these times, but I step in and out often, so it is best to schedule an appointment.

Office Phone: 859-985-3373
Appalachian Center’s Fax: 859-985-3903

E-Mail: millerc@berea.edu

At Berea College since 1993

Degrees

  • B.S., Applied Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984
  • M.A., History, University of Delaware, 1990 (with a special focus on history of technology)
  • Graduate Certificate, Museum Studies, University of Delaware, 1990

Special Interests

  • Comparative study of American Appalachia and Carpathian Ukraine
  • Curation — digital and material
  • Digital Humanities, digital storytelling, and digital scholarship
  • Material-culture-based pedagogy = encounters with artifacts in teaching and learning.
  • Place-based pedagogy = encounters with the place around you in teaching and learning.
  • Project-based pedagogy, such as guided design and design thinking
  • Interpretation-based pedagogy
  • The history of Berea College Crafts and its predecessor, Berea College Student Industries

Biography of Christopher A. Miller

Christopher A. Miller has spent most of his career exploring application of museum-derived modes of teaching and learning within the context of higher education.  These modes are encounters, curation, interpretation, and delivery.  He has also been deeply involved Place, in Appalachia and beyond.  He was a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine and explores the comparison of global mountain regions.

Miller has been at Berea College since 1993, initially appointed as Director of Berea College’s Appalachian Museum. At Berea he has also served as Network Services Administrator and Interim Director of the Appalachian Center. Prior to Berea, Miller spent seven years working in public museums: The Minnesota History Center (St. Paul, MN) and the Outagamie Museum & Houdini Historical Center (Appleton, WI).

In 2011 and 2014 Miller was a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine.  In 2011 he taught at the Vasyl Stefanik Precarpathian National University Institute for Tourism.  In 2014 he taught at the Ivano-Frankivsk State College for Technology and Business.  His Fulbright research was into the role of material culture and imagery in constructing and portraying highlander identity in Carpathian Mountain Ukraine.

He was also a pioneer in digital humanities in Kentucky, first putting images and video of artifacts, and virtual exhibits, online in 1995.

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