James C. Miller
- University of North Texas, Bachelor of Arts
University of North Texas, Master of Arts
- Jim Miller, Professor Emeritus of History, English and Comparative Literature, 1956-2004, joined Chapman University almost half a century ago, but even since his retirement, he has remained an active part of the Chapman family.
After graduating from high school in 1944, Miller enlisted in the Coast Guard to avoid being drafted for overseas service during World War II. The war ended and Miller was able to attend college on the G.I. Bill. He received his English major and History minor in 1949 from North Texas State Teaching College and immediately began pursuing a graduate degree in History. Miller originally intended to go into the ministry; however his need for money led him along another path: teaching. Throughout Jim's many years of teaching, he has demonstrated a love of teaching that also reflected his passion for history.
Jim Miller joined Chapman in 1956, as an associate professor of English only two years after the college had been established. When he arrived, the school had 250 students. His Chapman experience began before campus buildings had names, when people identified them by the different colored stripes near the roofs. He has had 13 different offices and taught classes in seven departments: cultural anthropology, speech, English, history, political science, religion and education.
The honorable George L. Argyros, best describes Prof. Miller as a favorite Chapman teacher. "He represents the best of the teaching profession. He's a great professor and a first-class human being. He's always positive and has a great sense of humor. "