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Kristine Miller Named Director of the University Honors Program at USU

Thursday, May. 15, 2014

USU Honors Program Director Kristine Miller

Kristine Miller has been named director of the University Honors Program at Utah State University.

Kristine Miller, associate professor of English at Utah State University, was recently selected to become the new director of the university’s Honors Program.

Miller was selected after a university-wide search was conducted to find a permanent director for the program.  She will replace Nicholas Morrison, who has served as the interim director since January 2013.

The USU Honors Program seeks to enrich the education of academically-gifted students through one-on-one work with professors, discussion-based classes and the opportunity to associate with other ambitious, high-ability students who are curious and eager to learn about the world around them.

Miller, who has been both a teacher and researcher at USU for the past 18 years, is excited about her new role and the opportunity to work closely with talented students.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with students and faculty across campus to create an intellectually stimulating community and develop best practices within the Honors Program,” said Miller. “USU offers a multitude of opportunities for undergraduates to excel academically and I want to make sure they are supported in their endeavors.”

As director, Miller is responsible for providing visionary leadership for the Honors Program which includes working closely with colleges, departments and faculty to create and maintain a program that serves the high-ability students of the university; cultivating, engaging and stewarding alumni of the Honors Program and other donors to enhance resources for the program; and collaborating with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies to connect the Honors Program with the Undergraduate Research Program and to expand opportunities for undergraduate research and creative activity for all USU students.

USU Provost Noelle Cockett believes that Miller holds the qualities necessary to not only manage the Honors Program but continue to expand its role as a resource for students who are looking to challenge themselves beyond the standard curriculum.

“Kristine has been an innovative and involved faculty member during her tenure at USU,” said Cockett. “I am confident that under her guidance the Honors Program will be a showcase for the university and help attract high quality undergraduate students. I anticipate increasing numbers of students and faculty involved in Honors as the program continues to gain visibility and vitality.”

Miller hopes to identify key elements of the Honors Program and expand its impact on campus as well as beyond the university. In keeping with USU’s land-grant mission, Miller would like to see students more engaged in the community through collaborative problem solving and service learning projects. She looks forward to involving alumni more directly in conversation and partnership with Honors students.

 “As director, I am most looking forward to building a strong intellectual community that includes current and past students as well as faculty to highlight the best USU has to offer,” said Miller. “I want the Honors Program to embody the strengths of the entire university.”

For more information about USU Honors Program, see its website.

Contact: Kristine Miller, 435-797-3646,

Writer: Paige Pagnucco, 435-797-1429,

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