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AAG Welcomes Nominations for Miller Award

When: December 31, 2017


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 gather all required supporting documents before completing the online Application Form at this link. The Application Form will require you to upload all supporting documents before being able to complete your submission. You cannot save a partially completed form and return to it later, so it is important to have all materials ready before accessing the online Application Form. For questions or difficulties, please contact or call the AAG at 202-234-1450. 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.