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.