Tom Miller, center, receives the award with USDLA President Marci Powell and USDLA CEO Dr. John Flores
Dr. Tom Miller, North Carolina State University Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with its award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning.
The award was presented in conjunction with the USDLA 2008 National Conference in St. Louis, Mo. Miller had previously received the state award from the North Carolina Distance Learning Association.
"As a premier leader for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Dr. Tom Miller," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. "He has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by Dr. Miller's contributions to the distance learning profession."
Since 1982, Miller has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State, where he holds the rank of Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In his role as vice provost for DELTA, Miller is responsible for strategy, deployment, and implementation of the university's learning technologies and distance education programs. DELTA coordinates the funding and production of all distance-based credit programs and courses for the University, and promotes high-quality education by extending the reach of the faculty and collaboratively applying expertise in technology and pedagogy in an efficient, effective, and service-oriented environment.
Miller has taught courses in digital systems, computer architecture, microprocessor systems design, and C and C++ programming. He instituted and directs the NC State University Engineering Entrepreneurs Program. He is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State, and the recipient of the 1995 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator award from the IEEE. He earned his doctoral degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1982.
The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies. Winners will be recognized in an edition of USDLA's Distance Learning Today quarterly supplement during National Distance Learning Week, which begins Nov. 10.
USDLA is a non-profit association located in Boston, Mass. It promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity.
By Amy Anselm, NCSU Engineering Communications