Dr. James Miller

Department Chair & Professor, Physics & Astronomy Department Director, Institute for Science Education UAH-AMSTI Principal Investigator


I was born and raised in Erie PA (which is often mistaken for Cleveland, the actual "Mistake on the Lake") and went to college there at Gannon University. After tiring of the lake effect snow and blizzards, I moved to Takoma Park MD and attended the University of Maryland for my Ph.D. in physics. I was a post-doctoral research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center until 1994, when we moved here. I've now lived in Huntsville longer than any other place.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Maryland, 1990
  • M.S., Physics, University of Maryland, 1986
  • B.S., Physics, Gannon University, 1984


  • 2015 - Present: Interim Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2004 - Present: Director, Institute for Science Education
  • 1994 - Present: Faculty, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2005 - 2010: Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 1990 - 1994: Research Scientist, NASA GSFC Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics

Classes Taught

Selective Publications

  • Miller, J. A., Cargill, P. J., Emslie, A. G., Holman, G. D., Dennis, B. R., LaRosa, T. N., Winglee, R. M., Benka, S. G., and Tsuneta, S. 1997, Critical Issues for Particle Acceleration in Impulsive Solar Flares, J. Geophys. Res., 102, 14631 (Invited Review)
  • Miller, J. A. 1997, Electron Acceleration in Solar Flares by Fast Mode Waves: Quasilinear Theory and Pitch-Angle Scattering, Astrophys. J., 491, 939
  • Emslie, A. G., Miller, J. A., and Brown, J. C. 2004, An Explanation for the Different Locations of Electron and Ion Acceleration in Solar Flares, Astrophys. J., 602, L69
  • Lenters, G. T., Miller, J. A., and Sommer, J. C. 2000, A Heuristic Coulomb Collision Operator for Cylindrical Velocity Coordinates, Astrophys. J., 534, 997
  • Miller, J. A., LaRosa, T. N., and Moore, R. L. 1996, Stochastic Electron Acceleration by Cascading Fast Mode Waves in Impulsive Solar Flares, Astrophys. J., 461, 445
  • Miller, J. A., and Dermer, C. D. 1995, Abundance Enhancements in Black-Hole Accretion: Application to Gamma-Ray Line Observations of the Orion Complex, Astron. Astrophys., 298, L13

Example Sponsored Research

  • 10/15 - 9/16: AMSTI Master Site, $2.9M, Alabama Department of Education
  • 10/14 - 9/15: AMSTI Master Site, $2.8M, Alabama Department of Education
  • 10/14 - 9/15: Alabama Science in Motion, $232k, Alabama Department of Education
  • 10/13 - 9/14: Lead Teacher Enhancement Program, $74k, Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • 10/11 - 9/13: Content Knowledge Enhancement for Teachers, $270k, DoEd MSP