Christopher A. Miller

Associate Director & Curator,
Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

College Curator, Berea College
At Berea College since 1993

Contact Information

Stephenson Hall 225
CPO 2196
Email: millerc@berea.edu
Office Phone: 859-985-3373

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.

Christopher A. Miller

Degrees

  • B.S., Applied Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.A., History, University of Delaware
  • Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Delaware

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 = learning through explaining to a non-expert audience
  • The history of Berea College Crafts and its predecessor: Berea College Student Industries

Biography

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 interpretation, curation, and encounters with artifacts and visuals.  He has also been deeply involved in thinking about Place, in Appalachia and beyond.

During 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 continues to explore this comparison.

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 College, Miller Worked in public museums: The Minnesota History Center (St. Paul, Minnesota) and the Outagamie Museum & Houdini Historical Center (Appleton, Wisconsin).

He was also a pioneer in digital humanities in Kentucky, first putting virtual exhibitions online in 1995.