Dr. Bill Miller Receives 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bill Miller, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health has been selected to receive a 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. The awards are presented annually at UNC-Chapel Hill to recognize inspirational teaching at all levels.

During his time at UNC-Chapel Hill, Miller has been nominated for several distinguished awards, including the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring, John E. Larsh, Jr. Mentorship Award, and the McGavran Teaching Award. He has advised over 50 masters and doctoral students in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has served as director or co-director of courses in clinical measurement and evaluation, clinical epidemiology, clinical trials, and epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections, among others.

Miller’s students identify him as one of their favorite teachers and his advisees say what a pleasure it is to have him as a mentor/advisor.

Since 2006, Miller has been director of the Program in Health Care Epidemiology and Clinical Research in the Department of Epidemiology. In addition to his teaching and administration, Miller is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and attends the infectious disease consult service at both UNC Hospitals and Moore Regional Hospital.

His research agenda has focused on STIs, HIV infection and epidemiological methods. His most recent journal article, “Perceived Everyday Racism, Residential Segregation, and HIV Testing Among Patients at a Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic,” appeared last month in the American Journal of Public Health.

Miller holds a degree (MPH) from the Department of Epidemiology at Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He attended medical school at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has a PhD in Neuroscience from there as well.

The Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Post-Baccalaureate Instruction was first given by the university in 1995 to recognize the important role of post-baccalaureate teaching. A committee selects the recipients based on interviews with deans or department chairs, reading of student evaluations, and telephone interviews with randomly selected students and sends its final recommendations to the chancellor.

This and the other 2009 university teaching awards were announced during the halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 18 and will be officially presented at a banquet this spring. The awards are administered through the offfice of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray-Little.