Broadview University’s Dual Program Chair Wins Faculty Award
Published on November 17, 2014 by Staff Writer
What do business, information technology (IT), and mechanics have in common? At the Broadview University-Boise, Doug Miller, business and IT program chair, embodies all three.
“I am a gear-head,” Miller said. “I like to fix cars; race cars, snowmobiles and boats; and build things. Right now, I am building a jet boat from scratch.”
Miller has taken the ‘fix-it’ approach to his role at Broadview University. He started as program chair of the IT program in September 2013, and in July 2014 began his dual role as program chair for the business and IT programs. Miller won the Summer 2014 Faculty of the Quarter Award for his efforts.
“Doug took on a new program and worked hard to build relationships with students,” said a co-worker, who nominated Miller for the award. “He always has a positive attitude and likes to look for solutions. He is a ‘fix it’ type of person. He is very supportive of his students and I think they can feel that.”
Finding solutions for students is something that Miller strives for in his dual role.
“Life happens,” Miller said. “If you let me know, often I can figure out solutions for issues you might have. If you get behind, seek out help. There are resources to be successful, but you have to do the work.”
Ervey Tovar, business management student, agrees that Miller wants students to succeed both in their academic and personal pursuits.
“Doug is a great professor. I believe that he cares about how students are grasping the different topics. He encourages his students to be themselves. I consider him to be both inspirational and genuine,” Tovar said.
Miller hopes to see both the business and IT programs at Broadview University grow.
“I want to add new students and have more classes on campus,” Miller said. “Business goes with IT. IT is technology based; business is broader, but both look at business needs and computer solutions.”