miller resizedDr. Sarah Miller, Associate Professor of History at USC Salkehatchie received the inaugural Chris P. Plyler Excellence in Service Award at the Palmetto College Campuses Faculty Senate meeting in Lancaster on April 8 and was recognized by the Provost Joan Gable and Senior Vice Provost Lacy Ford at the USC Faculty Award ceremony on April 27.  The award highlights service in four areas: community, campus, Palmetto College and Greater University and professional.  Miller concluded her nomination essay stating, “Engaging in service helps to enhance my place within these communities.  I am proud of the work I have done on every committee and in every organization, but am also grateful for the connections that encourage me to continue to do good work in every area.”

Miller served on the executive board of the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society (CCHAPS) for the maximum number of seven year, and has now been appointed Historian of the organization.  She oversees the historical documents and the three historical properties:  The Bedon-Lucas House, The Little Library, and Pon Pon Chapel of Ease.   In the last three years, she has orchestrated connections with USC Salkehatchie, Palmetto College, the College of Charleston, and the Savannah River Archeology Research Program.  She oversaw four internships at CCHAPS and mentored three Magellan Scholar recipients in local history projects.

Miller is currently Vice President of the South Carolina Historical Association and is charged with organizing the organization’s conference in 2017.  She served on this board for three years and was on-site coordinator for the 2015 conference held in Walterboro.

Miller is active on both the Salkehatchie campus and within the USC system.  She has served on 20 Tenure and Promotion or 3rd Year Review file committees, and 5 search committees.  Miller returned to the Palmetto College Campuses Faculty Senate in 2015 after having served 5 years on the executive board.  Committees such as the Provost’s Committee on Distributed Education, Palmetto College Advisory Board , Provost’s Advisory Board and Palmetto College Course Development Reviewer keeps her busy and often on the road to Columbia for meetings.

In addition to professional activities, Miller is currently president of Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter.  She is deeply involved with public relations and fundraising.  In late December, she fostered her first dog for FoCCAS.  Since then, she has fostered 18 dogs and puppies, all of which have been adopted or will be adopted soon.

Miller is also the recipient of the 2009 inaugural Palmetto College John J. Duffy Excellence in Teaching Award  and been voted Professor of the Year by the Students at USC Salkehatchie four times.