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Release: Jan. 15, 2002

John D. Peters Named To F.W. Miller Professorship

John Durham Peters, professor of communication studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named an F.W. Miller Professor.

Peters is a pioneering leader in the intellectual history of communication. Considered one of the world's premier philosophers of communication, his work incorporates political and social philosophy into the study of communication theory and practice. A number of his articles are considered classics in the field, and he has received research fellowships from NEH, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust. His internationally acclaimed book, Speaking into the Air, won the National Communication Association's prestigious Winans-Wichelns Award in 2000.

"I am enormously proud of the distinction that John brings to the college and the impact he has had on our students," said Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "He is an excellent teacher, a world-renowned researcher, and an incredibly generous mentor. Our academic and town communities are both enormously enriched by his contributions."

Miller professorships have been designated in several UI departments. These professorships are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm manager from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will left the bulk of his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between ISU and the UI.