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Lee Miller was a popular young professor in Las Vegas who thought he was on the fast-track to tenure. He had created an innovative study abroad program with the help of a distinguished U.S. senator, and had found funding for needy students wishing to participate. It was just his first year at the college, and the newspapers already had reported on his work. Little did he know that someone had other plans for the money earmarked for the needy students, someone who would stop at nothing to crush Miller's plans.This true story reads like a novel. Miller weaves an amusing tale of teaching at a community college in 'Sin City' with the unpredictable twists and turns of a scandal involving some of the most powerful figures in the state, a scandal that threatens to end the careers of several administrators at the college.
Posted July 9, 2005
Posted August 8, 2004
Albert Einstein once said that great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. This may very well be the case of Lee Ryan Miller. While reading 'Teaching Amidst the Neon Palm Trees' I found myself turning page after page, willing to discover more. It was as if I was reading an exciting thriller. Yet this is no fiction. This is what an innovative and enthusiastic young lecturer had to go through just because he was honoring his profession and giving the country the best possible service. Lee Miller is not that important in this story. People could have been named A, B and C. Dr Miller could have been a clerk in an office, a postman, a school librarian, a storekeeper or a handyman. Anyone doing anything can be innovative and energetic. Anyone can give his very best and, yes, by doing so stands out. And the nail that stands out gets pounded down. It¿s a true and sad story indeed. Yet the publication of such a book is extremely positive. This is an experience that Lee Miller is sharing with the world. He is offering a story of courage that should help all those who are willing to honor their profession and inject a dose of new life into their workplace. I recommend Lee Miller¿s book to those who stand out or to those who are willing to do so.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2004
I recall many of my university professors lamenting the stressful politics associated with being untenured professors. It wasn't until reading Dr. Miller's book that I fully comprehended their laments. Dr. Miller's story of his experience as a teacher in the Las Vegas Community College system is an eye opening tale of good versus evil that delightfully holds a reader's attention for hours. It reveals a sad truth that many of the administrators in our educational institutions punish meritocracy and encourage mediocrity for their personal gain. This is a suprisingly interesting story to read, perhaps because we all have at one time or another experienced similiar struggles with dishonest people and have had to strive to maintain our integrity and decide how far we are willing to fight injustice. I highly recommend this book to all readers. Good job, Dr. Miller, good job!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2004
Join the author on a strange journey into the mismanaged world of the college system in Las Vegas. Meet the crooks that operate behind the masks of higher education, whose interest lies solely in money, power, fame, anything but education. The author¿s vivid and straightforward approach brings true life to these characters you¿ll grow to love and hate: the villainous college administrators, the corrupt student government, the cowardly colleagues, and of course the kindhearted supporters. Follow the engaging plots that intertwine into a startling conclusion. Be sad, be entertained, and be enraged. And the bonus¿ these are real people, real incidents, real names. Once you pick up the book and start reading, it¿s hard to put it down. Highly recommended to college students, professors, those who seek teaching positions in a college environment, and anyone looking for a good book to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2004
This excellent book describes the challenges of finding work as a Political Science professor in an age of political apathy, learning to follow 'the proper chain of command', and overcoming the dangers of being a free thinker. Facing ruthless, corrupt administrators, Miller attempted to create a positive, exciting, and inspirational setting for his students, only to face ridiculous rejection, criticism, and abuse by his administrators. With countless allies turning against him by the minute, Miller navigated his way through a web of lies and deceit, all to be the best teacher he could be. While his troubles persisted, he motivated many students to fight for truth and justice, and taught his students important political science lessons he never intended to teach. His path of inspiration continues, though his legal troubles do not. Teaching Amidst The Neon Palm trees is a story almost anyone can relate to, and everyone will enjoy reading. Dr. Miller is a terrific writer with a style that draws you into the story and makes you want to petition your local administration.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2004
Teaching Amidst the Neon Palm Trees is a must read. It is a first hand account of the politics of Las Vegas academia. The colorful characters that included a well known Senator, college professor, a stripper and a host of other players made for interesting reading. The intrigue and suspense held my interest until the very last page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.