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AAG E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award

Deadline: December 31, yearly

This annual award recognizes members of the Association who have made truly outstanding contributions to the geographic field due to their special competence in teaching or research. Funding for the award comes from the estate of Ruby S. Miller. More than one award may be awarded each year. Each award includes $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.

Eligibility: Members from all fields of geography are eligible for the award. Nominations (including self-nominations) are welcome. Special competence in teaching or research may include cases of outstanding mentoring, informal education, basic or applied research.

Submissions: Electronic submission is strongly encouraged. Please provide a curriculum vita for the nominee as well as a nomination statement (two pages maximum) that describes the ways the nominee demonstrates special competence in teaching or research and summarizes their contributions to the discipline of geography. Up to three supporting letters from other individuals may also be submitted. Please send nominations to with “AAG Miller Award” as the subject line to ensure that the message is properly and swiftly processed. Nomination materials that are emailed as a single attachment as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file are greatly appreciated. Alternately materials may be submitted by mail to: Association of American Geographers, attn: AAG E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award, 1710 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20009-3198.

About Ruby and Will Miller:  Ruby S. Skinner and E. Willard "Will" Miller were married for more than sixty years and collaborated in life and work.  When World War II broke out, they both went to work in Washington, DC. At the end of the war, they went to Pennsylvania State University where Dr. Miller started the Geography Department and Ruby became the maps librarian. Ruby established and developed the map collection, and taught classes on the use of maps until her retirement. After retirement in 1977, she and her husband co-authored more than 20 books and continued to travel in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Ruby graduated from Kittanning High School and Chatham College in Pittsburgh, attended Clarion University, and did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh.  Will was also founder of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society and played important leadership roles in the Association of American Geographers, American Geographical Society, and the National Council for Geographic Education.  Will and Ruby Miller received countless awards and in turn were generous with their time, talent, energy, and funds to a wide range of professional and community organizations.

Photograph and biographical information thanks to Penn State Department of Geography, AGS, and AAG Newsletters.


AAG Miller Awardees

Mei-Po Kwan2016 Mei-Po Kwan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
for her record of research accomplishment, impact, and contribution, particularly in GIScience, human mobility, and environmental health, both within the discipline of geography and beyond.

Qihao Weng2015 Qihao Weng, Indiana State University
for his pioneering contributions to the field of remote sensing and its geographical applications, particularly in relation to urban environments, through teaching, collaborative research, conferences and high impact publications.

2011 Jane Southworth, University of Florida
for her excellence in teaching, amazing dedication to educating and mentoring graduate students at her institution, strong grant and publication record and international visibility of her research in lang-change science.

2010 Iain Hay, Flinders University
for his international leadership in geographic education, heightening the profile of geography and global education, facilitating and institutionalizing networks of academics and educators,  and enhancing teaching and learning in K-12 and university geography around the world.

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