Faculty Who Care
Paul M. Miller
Assistant Professor, General Education
During my time at Slippery Rock University, I became extremely engrossed in broadcasting and spent four years working at 88.1 FM WRSK Slippery Rock. During that time, I hosted a weekly music and talk show, with features such as "On The Warfront" chronicling post 9-11 foreign policy. After my time at SRU, I moved on to 97.7 WLER Butler as a news room assistant. During that time, I had the opportunity to cover a variety of local news events in Butler county and voice the 5 o'clock news each day.
After my time at WLER, I moved back to my Carlisle home and decided that graduate school seemed to be the right choice for me. During my time at Shippensburg University, I began to understand the revolutionary nature of social media. I did a professional project with Solutions for Advertising in Mechanicsburg, helping them establish their initial social presence.
Over the last five years, I've worked exclusively with small businesses, operating some social channels and consulting with others, helping them understand the power that social media holds in the modern landscape, especially for small businesses.
I've also been blogging since 2012 about a wide variety of contemporary issues, mainly social media. I encourage all of my students to understand the purposes of blogging: showing your passion and knowledge of your subject matter, showcasing your writing ability, and going above and beyond for the greater good.
Volunteering is a trait that I feel all people, especially students, should frequently engage in. One of the organizations dear to me is the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg. I had the opportunity to be a committee member for their largest fundraiser each year from 2011 - 2013 and still am actively involved with the organization.
Another organization that I strongly support is Challenger Baseball. Having a son on the autism spectrum has made me reevaluate and reallocate my time to support those organizations that provide resources to individuals suffering from ASD and their families. Challenger Baseball is an organization that gives special needs individuals a chance to live out their dream of playing organized sports, and I am proud to volunteer with them.
Finally, I am a huge sports fan. I specifically love baseball, and played from age 5 - 13. I love to attend games and recently attended a game at the mecca of baseball to support my Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field.
I truly believe that personal interaction is a valuable key, because while the class sizes are relatively small, I feel that one-on-one interaction can be much more worthwhile to guide the students in the right direction. Often one-on-one interaction gets overlooked because of the class sizes, but taking time to meet with each individual student about an assignment provides a forum for them to ask questions they may not otherwise have asked.
As a communications and humanities professional, I find it of paramount importance to integrate uses for social media in networking during and after college, regardless of the class. One of the issues with my personal college experience centered around not being taught networking skills, one of the true foundations of not only finding a job, but a fulfilling career. At Central Penn College, our students must comprehend that using social media should not only be a way to communicate with friends, but also a way to network from the first day of coming on campus. I want to show students that they must retain a professional attitude on social media or face serious repercussions when trying to find an internship or job after graduation.