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Dr. Kim Miller Earns Promotion at Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) is honored to announce the recent promotion of Dr. Kim Miller from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Theatre. As Dr. Miller enters her sixth year at UC, she and her students are making plans to develop outstanding theatrical productions and improve her students’ creativity, skills, and confidence along the way.

“I am deeply grateful and humbled,” said Dr. Miller. “It’s important to me that people think I’m doing a good job. I’m absolutely delighted to be awarded a promotion at UC and it is a nice acknowledgement of my work. It is very encouraging.”

Dr. Miller, an Illinois native, graduated from Knox College in Illinois with her Bachelor’s degree in English. She then furthered her education by journeying to Iowa State University where she earned her Master’s degree in English. While at Iowa State, she developed a love for drama and theatre and decided to pursue a career in that field. She then received her Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Kansas. Soon after graduation, she moved to Williamsburg to put her hard earned education to work as the Artistic Director of UC Theatre.

Dr. Miller teaches theatre history, acting, and directing courses at UC. She has a true passion for theatrical arts and her love for it shines through her students and in their performances and stage presence. She tries to stress to her students that it is okay to mess up; people learn from their mistakes and grow as performers that way.

“I want my students to try new things, see what works on stage, what doesn’t work, and learn from their mistakes,” said Dr. Miller. “Messing up is okay. I constantly use the famous quote by Samuel Beckett that says, ‘Try again. Fail Again. Fail Better.’ I think it is a good saying to live by in the theatrical world.”

The University of the Cumberlands is fortunate to have a professor with such passion, motivation, and education working with the future of tomorrow. Her presence brings a sense of class to the university and she is making big plans for the upcoming fall semester that will awe the Patriot family and community.

“I love being at the University of the Cumberlands and living in Kentucky amongst the beautiful mountains,” said Dr. Miller. “I find my job so rewarding as well because I love working with the students, watching them learn, seeing them apply their new knowledge to real life, and helping them become self-sufficient artist. I am just so grateful for this honor and that I’m doing what I enjoy.”

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit