Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Thomas J. Miles Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Thomas J. Miles Papers,
Creator: Miles, Thomas J.
Inclusive dates: 1970-2007, and undated
Extent: 4.5 cubic feet (in 9 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes Miles' Personal Materials, Central Michigan University (CMU) Materials, and documentation of the CMU Mathematics Department, 1970-2007.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#70708

Access Restrictions:

Thomas J. Miles Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Some published materials in the collection are still under copyright.

Preferred Citation:

Thomas J. Miles Papers, 1970-2007, and undated, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series: Personal Materials, CMU Materials, and CMU Dept. of Mathematics.


History

Biography:

Thomas J. Miles earned his B.S. (1963) and M.S. (1964), both in Mathematics from Illinois State University. In 1970 he earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After student teaching at both universities, Miles worked as a visiting lecturer in 1970 at Westminster College in Missouri before he was hired later that year by the Department of Mathematics at Central Michigan University (CMU) as an Assistant Professor. At CMU he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1974.

While at CMU, Miles served in a number of administrative positions including: Chair of the Department of Mathematics, 1974-1976; Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 1976-1978; Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 1978-1980; Acting Vice Provost for Academic Administration, 1980-1982; Acting Chair, Department of Mathematics, 1997-1998; General Education Coordinator, 1994-1996 and 1999-2002, and Interim Chair, Department of Mathematics, 2004-2005.

Miles has over 40 publications to his credit. He taught over 6000 students in 35 different classes. Also, Miles served on numerous committees and taskforces, as well as professional associations and committees. In 1994, Miles was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by CMU. He also received the Michigan Association of American Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Miles taught Sunday School at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant for at least 20 years. He is also an active Rotarian.

Miles retired from CMU in 2007.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Personal Materials, 1970-2007 (.5 cubic ft. in 1 box) includes Miles’ resume, academic correspondence, awards, and personal information, such as academic and other correspondence, programs, notices, and clippings in which he is named.

The CMU Materials, 1977-2006 (Scattered, .5 cubic ft. in 1 box) includes meeting minutes and reports of various university committee and task force of which Miles was an active member or served as chair. The series has three sub-series: Materials, Related Materials, and Teaching Materials. The Materials, 1970-2005 and 2007 (.75 in 2 boxes) include departmental procedures, reviews, reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, and awards. The Related Materials includes enrollment data, 1975, and meeting minutes of two mathematics committees, 1975-2001 (scattered), which are indirectly related to the department.

Teaching Materials, 1970-2007 (2.75 cubic ft. in 6 boxes) include: Miles’ syllabi, tests, teaching notes, and related materials for all of the Mathematics, Statistics, and Honors courses he taught at CMU, 1970-2007. Miles filed them in chronological order, which is how they were maintained during processing.

There are three photographs in the entire collection: one of CMU orientation staff, 1984 (Box 2), and two of CMU Dept. of Mathematics chairmen, 2007 (Box 3).

Processing Note: All student lists and grades with social security numbers and student papers were removed from the collection during processing due to privacy laws.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Central Michigan University. Dept. of Mathematics--History.
    • Miles, Thomas J.
    • Mathematics--Study and Teaching (Higher)
    • Mathematics--Study and Teaching.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Thomas J. Miles Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Personal Materials: Resume, 2007
    Box   1 F   2
    Personal Materials: Correspondence, Personal, 1976-2006 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   3
    Personal Materials: Correspondence re: Sabbatical, 1980-1984
    Box   1 F   4
    Personal Materials: Excellence in Teaching Award, 1994
    Box   1 F   5
    Personal Materials: Correspondence, Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors (FRCE) Award, 1982
    Box   1 F   6
    Personal Materials: Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Correspondence, 1994-1999
    Box   1 F   7
    Personal Materials: MAA High School Visiting Lecturer Program Reports, 1975-1999, 2006
    Box   1 F   8
    Personal Materials: Personal Information, 1970-1979
    Box   1 F   9
    Personal Materials: Personal Information, 1980-1989
    Box   1 F   10
    Personal Materials: Personal Information, 1990-1999
    Box   1 F   11
    Personal Materials: Personal Information, 200-2007
    Box   1 F   12
    Personal Materials: Publication, Reprint, [On the Wedderburn Principal Theorem for Nearly (1,1) Algebras, American Mathematical Society, v. 161, Nov. 1971], 1971
    Box   2 F   1
    CMU Materials: Career Awareness Week, Material, 1978
    Box   2 F   2
    CMU Materials: Community College Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1994-1995
    Box   2 F   3
    CMU Materials: Coordinator, General Education Council, Job Search, 1994
    Box   2 F   4
    CMU Materials: Cost/School (College), 1977
    Box   2 F   5
    CMU Materials: Crisis Response Plan, 2000
    Box   2 F   6
    CMU Materials: Degrees, Admissions, Standards, Honors (DASH) Committee, Meeting Minutes, 2003-2006
    Box   2 F   7
    CMU Materials: General Education Subcommittee, Meeting Minutes and Related Material, Reports, 2000-2002
    Box   2 F   8
    CMU Materials: Mathematics Articulation Conference, Correspondence, 1995-1996
    Box   2 F   9
    CMU Materials: Michigan Statewide Systematic Initiative (MSSI), Correspondence, 1993-1998
    Box   2 F   10
    CMU Materials: Multicultural and Diversity Education Council, Meeting Minutes and Related Material, 1999
    Box   2 F   11
    CMU Materials: Multicultural and Diversity Education Council, Meeting Minutes and Related Material, 2000
    Box   2 F   12
    CMU Materials: Multicultural and Diversity Education Council, Meeting Minutes and Related Material, 2001
    Box   2 F   13
    CMU Materials: Multicultural and Diversity Education Council, Meeting Minutes and Related Material, 2002
    Box   2 F   14
    CMU Materials: Orientation Staff Lists, Photograph, 1984
    Box   2 F   15
    CMU Materials: Report of Findings: Study of the Attitudes and Experiences of CMU’s On-Campus Undergraduates, 2002
    Box   2 F   16
    CMU Materials: Task Force on Careers, Report, 1977
    Box   3 F   1
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Chairmen, Photographs (2), 2007
    Box   3 F   2
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Chairperson Search, 1996
    Box   3 F   3
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Committee on Student Writing, Meeting Minutes, 1985-1987
    Box   3 F   4
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Correspondence, 1970-1973
    Box   3 F   5
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Correspondence, 1974-1979
    Box   3 F   6
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Correspondence, 1980-1989
    Box   3 F   7
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Correspondence, 1990-1999
    Box   3 F   8
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Departmental Procedures, Criteria, Standards, and Bylaws, 1996
    Box   3 F   9
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Departmental Review Committee Report, March 1, 1977
    Box   3 F   10
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Meeting Minutes, 1970-1978
    Box   3 F   11
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Meeting Minutes, 1980-1989
    Box   4 F   1
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Meeting Minutes, 1990-1999
    Box   4 F   2
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Meeting Minutes, 2000-2005 (Scattered)
    Box   4 F   3
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Professional Growth Appointment (PGA) Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1996
    Box   4 F   4
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: Survey Papers of Faculty Reports #85-6, 86-8, 89-3, 89-6, undated
    Box   4 F   5
    CMU. Dept. of Mathematics Materials: The Richtmeye-Foust and Edward H. Whitmore Mathematics Awards, Programs, 1994, 1996-1997, 2001, 2004
    Box   4 F   6
    Dept. of Mathematics Related Materials: Mathematics Enrollment Data, 1975
    Box   4 F   7
    Dept. of Mathematics Related Materials: Mathematical Area, Meeting Minutes, 1975-2001 (Scattered)
    Box   4 F   8
    Dept. of Mathematics Related Materials: Service Area, Meeting Minutes, 1976-1994
    Box   4 F   9
    Dept. of Mathematics Related Materials: Statistics and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Meeting Minutes, 1994-1999 (Scattered)
    Box   4 F   10
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 503 (later Math 623), Notes, Tests, Fall 1970
    Box   4 F   11
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 306 P 324 (later Math 223), Notes, Tests, Fall 1971
    Box   4 F   12
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 525, Notes, Tests, Spring 1977
    Box   4 F   13
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 282, Notes, Tests, Fall 1977
    Box   5 F   1
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 341, Notes, Tests, Winter 1978
    Box   5 F   2
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 132, Notes, Tests, Winter 1984
    Box   5 F   3
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 200, Notes, Tests, Fall 1984
    Box   5 F   4
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 203, Notes, Tests, Mini 1985
    Box   5 F   5
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 278, Notes, Tests, Fall 1985
    Box   5 F   6
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 203, Telecourse, Student and Instructor's Manuals, Tests, Agreement, Winter 1988
    Box   5 F   7
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 532, Notes, Tests, Spring 1988
    Box   5 F   8
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 523, Notes, Tests, Fall 1991
    Box   5 F   9
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 116, Notes, Tests, Spring 1992
    Box   5 F   10
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 133, Notes, Tests, Fall 1992
    Box   6 F   1
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 525, Notes, Tests, Fall 1992
    Box   6 F   2
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 216, Tests, Fall 1993
    Box   6 F   3
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 175, Notes, Tests, Fall 1994
    Box   6 F   4
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 132 H[onors], Notes, Tests, Fall 1994
    Box   6 F   5
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Hon (Honors) 140, Syllabus, Notes, Tests, Spring 1995
    Box   6 F   6
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Hon (Honors) 140, Notes (2 folders), Spring 1995
    Box   6 F   7
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 152, Syllabus, Tests, Notes, Summer 1996
    Box   6 F   8
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 152, Notes, Summer 1996
    Box   7 F   1
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 521, Notes, Test, Summer 1997
    Box   7 F   2
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 239, Notes, Tests, Fall 1997
    Box   7 F   3
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 623, Notes, Test, Summer 1998
    Box   7 F   4
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 625, Syllabus, Notes, Tests, Spring 2000
    Box   7 F   5
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 625, Notes, Spring 2000
    Box   7 F   6
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 253, Syllabus, Notes, Tests, Fall 2000
    Box   7 F   7
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 523, Notes, Fall 2000
    Box   7 F   8
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 203, Syllabus, Notes, Tests, Spring 2003
    Box   8 F   1
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 523, Syllabus, Notes, Tests, Spring 2003
    Box   8 F   2
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 341, Syllabus, Tests, Fall 2003
    Box   8 F   3
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 341, Notes, Fall 2003
    Box   8 F   4
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 223, Syllabus, Notes, Tests, Spring 2004
    Box   8 F   5
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 223, Notes, Spring 2004
    Box   8 F   6
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 133, Notes, Tests (2 folders), Fall 2005
    Box   9 F   1
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Stat(istics) 282, Syllabus, Tests, Fall 2006
    Box   9 F   2
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Stat(istics) 282, Notes, Fall 2006
    Box   9 F   3
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 573, Syllabus, Notes, Tests, Fall 2006
    Box   9 F   4
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 573, Notes (2 folders), Fall 2006
    Box   9 F   5
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 499, Syllabus, Tests, Spring 2007
    Box   7 F   2
    Dept. of Mathematics, Teaching Materials (in chronological order): Math 499, Notes (2 folders), Spring 2007