Dr. Rowland Miller, a psychology professor at Sam Houston State University, will be honored July 20 by the International Assocation for Relationship Research.Miller
will be presented with the IARR's
Teacher Award, which is awarded every two years at the assocation's conferences held around the globe.Miller, an alumnus of Cornell University and the University of Florida, says he is genuinely honored to receive the award.
"I'm just tickled to death," Miller
said."To my very real delight, I found out this was my year.It's a wonderful recognition of me by my colleagues."
is revered and respected for his
classroom work, Miller
attributes the IARR's decision to give him the award to his
popular psychology textbook, "Intimate Relationships," currently in its fourth edition.
"What got me the award is the fact that I wrote a textbook that is well regarded," Miller
said.Miller has spent his entire teaching career at SHSU, starting as an assistant professor in 1978.He
will be celebrating his
30th year as a Bearkat faculty member this fall.
"I missed my doctorate graduation because I was driving a U-Haul here," Miller
said."But since I've been here, we've done nothing but grow and raise the bar.This has been a very friendly and supportive place to work."Miller was in his sixth year of teaching at SHSU when he submitted the idea to create a psychology course based solely on how close relationships function.His
course, Psychology 365: Close Relationships, is now one of the most popular courses in the psychology department, and has garnered Miller acclaim from students and colleagues alike."He's just a really engaging teacher," said Christina Davis, a student in Miller's current Psychology 365 class.
first became involved in writing "Intimate Relationships" when Dr. Dan Perlman invited him to take part in revising the third edition in 2000.
By the time the book reached its fourth edition, Miller
himself was the primary author.
Now, as the book is undergoing further revisions for its fifth edition, Miller
finds himself writing it alone, a burden that he
"When this kind of writing goes well its thrilling, but its a monumental amount of work," Miller
said."I'll probably end up with 700 new references by the time I'm done this time around."Miller
is currently preparing the fifth edition of "Intimate Relationships" for a possible Spring, 2009 release.
But even as writing has grown to be his
primary source of renown and acclaim as an educator, Miller
never lets go of his
passion for the classroom.
"Classwork is easy and so much fun to me," Miller
said."It just seems to come naturally."Miller
love of teaching, as well as his
success, to his
chosen field of study: close relationships.
"The Hubble telescope is up there helping us refine our understanding of the universe," Miller