John Miller

John Miller

Associate Professor
328 Memorial Hall
Department Main Office Phone: (309) 298-1507

John Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Illinois University. He originally is from Cleveland, Ohio where he earned his undergraduate degree at John Carroll University and was a nationally ranked intercollegiate debater. He continued his education at Northern Illinois University studying argument under Dr. Jack Parker. Upon earning his Master’s degree, he coached debate for three years at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned is Doctorate at Wayne State University studying argument with Dr. George Ziegelmueller and Kenneth Burke with Dr. Bernard Brock.

Dr. Miller primarily teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the communication department's rhetoric track. His research and teaching tends to focus on the intersection of the political, public, and legislative argument within the context of campaigns. He is currently researching the notions of empowerment rhetoric in a campaign and labor context. Besides serving as a professor in the Department, Dr. Miller is the WIU UPI Local 4100 Chapter President. His is also the state-wide legislative and political director for the UPI, and additionally serves as a Vice President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Dr. Miller is an active political consultant having served various roles on local, state, and federal campaigns.


Ph.D. in Communication – Wayne State University
M.A. in Communication – Northern Illinois University
B.A. in Speech Communication – John Carroll University

Teaching Areas

Political Campaigns
Public Address
Communication Pedagogy

Research Interests

Public Argument
Empowerment Rhetoric
Political Strategy