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Release: Jan. 15, 2002
John D. Peters Named To F.W. Miller Professorship
Durham Peters, professor of communication studies in the University of Iowa
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named an F.W. Miller Professor.
Peters is a pioneering leader in the intellectual
history of communication. Considered one of the world's premier philosophers
of communication, his work incorporates political and social philosophy into
the study of communication theory and practice. A number of his articles are
considered classics in the field, and he has received research fellowships
from NEH, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust. His internationally
acclaimed book, Speaking into the Air, won the National Communication Association's
prestigious Winans-Wichelns Award in 2000.
"I am enormously proud of the distinction that John
brings to the college and the impact he has had on our students," said Linda
Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "He is an excellent
teacher, a world-renowned researcher, and an incredibly generous mentor. Our
academic and town communities are both enormously enriched by his contributions."
Miller professorships have been designated in several
UI departments. These professorships are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney
and farm manager from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will
left the bulk of his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage
the advancement of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established
from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally
between ISU and the UI.