Frank J. Miller (1940-2016)

Professor Miller, Professor of Russian, Russian Language Coordinator, Department of Slavic Languages, devoted his entire life to studying, teaching, and writing about the Russian language. A graduate of Florida State University (1962), he received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1976 with a dissertation on the folklore of the Stalin Era. He taught at the University of South Carolina (1972-77), Bryn Mawr College (1977-78), and Colby College (1978-85) before embarking on his legendary career at Columbia University in 1985. Frank was a vital member of the Columbia Slavic Department for thirty years, down to his very last day, teaching language—and language teaching—at every level, directing the Russian language program for decades, and chairing the department from 1994 to 1998. He was a long-term colleague of the Russian School at Middlebury, served as president of AATSEEL in 1999-2000, and was the recipient of the Hettleman Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service at Columbia University in 1988 and the AATSEEL Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996. [Read more here].