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Richard Miller honored as Provost Professor and Sonneborn Lecturer for 2012

Richard Miller was honored Oct. 29 by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. Miller was one of three faculty honored as Provost Professors in 2012.

He also received the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, which is named for the late IU biologist and honors a faculty member for excellence in teaching and research. His lecture was "On Ethnocentrism, Judgment and Moral Authority."

Miller works in religious thought and ethics. His research examines the normative implications of Western religious belief and practice, ranging across controversies in religion, politics, war and peace, bioethics, and moral theory.

Lauren Robel and Richard B. Miller

Provost Lauren Robel recognizes Richard B. Miller as a Provost Professor and recipient of the 2012 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award.

In 2010-12, Miller was principal investigator for "Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Perspectives," a two-year, multidisciplinary project funded with a $199,617 grant from the University of Chicago through an initiative supported by the John Templeton Foundation. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, along with four books: "Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought"; "Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine"; "Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning"; and "Interpretations of Conflict: Ethics, Pacifism, and the Just-War Tradition."

"Professor Miller has been an outstanding member of IU's faculty for over 20 years," said Constance M. Furey, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Religious Studies. "His exemplary record of research, teaching and service was recognized early on, when he received the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 1989, and he has continued to do exceptional work in all three areas."

Miller is an adjunct instructor in the American Studies Program and an affiliate faculty member with the IU Center on Bioethics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught at IU since 1985.