History of JMC
Jack Miller, along with a team of academic and nonprofit foundation experts, began working with scholars in 2004 in response to mounting evidence that college graduates— the future leaders of our country—lacked the knowledge of America’s founding principles and history necessary to be informed and engaged citizens. The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History became an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan 501c(3) operating foundation in October 2007. In 2010 the IRS granted the Jack Miller Center advanced ruling as a public charity. Today there are over 550 Miller Center faculty partners on over 180 college campuses across the country.
Highlights of our activities since incorporation in 2007 include:
- Annual Faculty Development Summer Institutes for professors. These intensive programs are key to our goal of building a community of professors expected to teach more than six million students over the coming decades.
- We have invested in a growing network of partner academic programs on 52 campuses. The opportunity to expand this support is tremendous, and our goal is to assist our partners in raising $25 million so that they can enhance educational offerings in American History and Founding Principles.
- We initiated our Post-Doctoral Fellowship Initiative, which was launched in 2008, to advance the careers of young scholars who will teach hundreds of thousands of students. To date, we have supported 95 postdoctoral fellowships
- Our Chicago Initiative brings together administrators, faculty and donors from Colleges and Universities in the Chicago area to share resources and enhance learning.