Patrick Miller, professor of landscape architecture and associate dean for graduate studies and outreach in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has received the Graduate School’s 2017 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award.
Sponsored by the Graduate School, the new award, to be presented annually, recognizes excellence in mentoring graduate students. Students nominate the recipients and one professor from each college receives the award.
Miller’s research interests lie in the area of human attitudes and perceptions toward the environment and how the profession of landscape architecture contributes to human well-being through better design and planning. Through his research, he examines the ways in which humans can use the landscape to support their needs without harming critical social, cultural, and environmental systems. His design work looks for deeper understanding and experience of the world in which we live.
Students who nominated Miller applauded his strong record of advising doctoral students and dedication to educating the next generation of the academy. Students said Miller makes an extraordinary effort to get to know them as individuals and provides direction and advice to help them succeed in their career aspirations. He models deep personal integrity, the highest ethical standards, a solid commitment to inclusion and diversity, and demonstrated standards for personal excellence for his students.
Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, his master’s degree from University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.