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Miller Named “Professor Of The Year”

By Christie Slocum

During this past week’s graduation at USC Salkhatchie in Allendale, Dr. Sarah Miller was named “Professor of the Year”, a title not to be taken lightly. The coveted title does not come with a prize like a new car or a big bonus but instead with bragging rights and a plaque which seems to be way more important to most hoping to earn the award each year. “Professor of the Year” is not awarded to an individual based off of colleague evaluations but instead it is voted on by the student body which makes this award a really big honor to earn.
The award is sponsored by the Student Government Association. Students vote for “Professor of the Year” at the same time they vote for Student Government Association Officers. Voting lasts a college week, Monday thru Thursday, giving each student a chance to vote even if they are not on campus every day. Miller has been teaching at USC Salkhatchie for the past ten years. This year marks the fifth year Miller has claimed the coveted title. “It’s an honor to be chosen by the students, they are the reason I am here. I love teaching them and I am happy to know they also enjoy being taught”, said Miller on this year’s achievement.
Dr. Aaron Ard, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Salkhatchie presented Miller with her award. Ard told those in attendance some of Miller’s other accomplishments. She has previously been named the 2009 First Palmetto College Campuses John J. Duffy Excellence in Teaching Award winner, the 2012 Daughters of Colonial Wars National History Teacher winner, and the 2015 First Palmetto College Campuses Chris P.Plyer Excellence in Service Award winner. .

She has also logged nearly 2000 hours of service to the campus, university, and community much of that to support the animals through Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter.
This past year Miller taught History 111 (US History to 1865) in the fall semester to two classes in Walterboro and one in Allendale, one of those classes included the dual enrollment students from Colleton Prep Academy (CPA). She also taught History 403 (The Sections and the Nations) during the fall as on online class through Palmetto College, which included students from across South Carolina. During the spring semester, Miller taught History 112 (US History after 1865), two in Walterboro and one in Allendale which also included CPA dual enrollment students. She also taught UNIV 401 which is a class for students completing Graduation with Leadership Distinction.
Since the award began in 1971 twenty different faculty members have earned it. William O. “Doc” Lamprecht, Jr. won the award ten times before his retirement and Joe Siren has earned the title six times. Miller is looking forward to the challenge of earning the title of Professor of the Year again.

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