COL Miller official photo in uniform

COL Zachary Miller

Academy Professor, Assistant Professor of Portuguese

zachary.miller@westpoint.edu

Biography


Colonel Zachary Miller graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1998 and received a BS in Latin American Studies. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer and served in several overseas assignments, including Egypt, Kuwait, and South Korea. In 2007, then-Captain Miller earned an MA in Portuguese from the University of New Mexico and later served as a Portuguese instructor at West Point for three years. In addition to foreign language instruction, he has worked as an English Department Advisor at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan and has taught intermediate English to South Korean military officers. In 2017, Colonel Miller received a PhD in Second Language Studies from Michigan State University and transitioned into his role as Academy Professor of Portuguese at West Point. His awards and decorations include: Army Parachutist’s Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint and Army Commendation and Achievement Medals. He resides with his wife, Jung Lae, in New Windsor, New York.

Publications & Presentations


REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Miller, Z. F., & Crowther, D. (2020). Foreign language learning motivation in a U.S. military academy: A comparative case study on the effects from the learning environment. Applied Language Learning, 30(1&2), 41-59.

Miller, Z. F., & Godfroid, A. (2020). Emotions in incidental language learning: An individual differences approach. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 42(1), 115-141.

Loewen, S., Crowther, D., Isbell, D. R., Kim, K. M., Maloney, J., Miller, Z. F., & Rawal, H. (2019). Mobile-assisted language learning: A Duolingo case study. ReCALL, 31(3), 293-311.

Miller, Z. F., Fox, J. K., Moser, J. S., & Godfroid, A. (2018). Playing with fire: Effects of negative mood induction and working memory on vocabulary acquisition. Cognition and Emotion, 32(5), 1105-1113.

Miller, Z. F. (2016). Military and civilian L2 instructors: Decoding perceptions of U.S. service academy cadets. Applied Language Learning, 26(2), 25-52.

Giacalone, C. G., & Miller, Z. F. (2013). Some effects of cross-linguistic influence of Spanish as L2 on the perception and production of cognates in Portuguese as L3. Vida Hispánica, 47(1).

Miller, Z. F. (2011). Deconstructing the “good-old boy” ethic: Male friendship in Luis Verissimo’s O Clube dos Anjos. Romance Notes, 51(2), 209-216.

BOOK REVIEWS and NON-REFEREED/MEDIA ARTICLES

Sack, W., Maggin, S., & Miller, Z. F. (2021). Languages for specific purposes at the United States Military Academy: A cumulative learning approach. Hispania, 104(1), 31-36.

Miller, Z. F., Crowther, D., & Maloney, J. (2019). The effectiveness of Duolingo as a language learning application. OASIS Summary of Loewen et al. (2019) in ReCALL. https://oasis-database.org

Miller, Z. F., & Maloney, J. (2016). [Review of the book Language learning with digital video]. Language Learning & Technology, 20(1), 46-49. Available at http://llt.msu.edu/issues/february2016/review3.pdf

PRESENTATIONS

Miller, Z. F., & Crowther D. (2020, March). Foreign language learning in the U.S. military: Environmental effects within and beyond the classroom. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Denver, CO. (Conference canceled)

Miller, Z. F., & Crowther D. (2019, September). ‘I thought if I ever went undercover in Russia’: Foreign language motivation in a military context. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, East Lansing, MI.

Loewen, S., Crowther, D., & Miller, Z. F. (2019, February). Mobile-assisted language learning on Duolingo: A Turkish case study. Paper presented at the Mobile Language Learning Experience International Conference, New York, NY.

Miller, Z. F. (2017, March). Personality and the affective effect: How individual differences and emotions impact L2 acquisition under incidental learning conditions. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland, OR.

Miller, Z. F. (2016, September). Mixed emotions: The interplay of incidental instruction and affect in L2 acquisition. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, New York, NY.

Crowther, D., & Miller, Z. F. (2016, September). Actionable intelligence: A dynamic approach to L2 development for U.S. service academy cadets. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, New York, NY.

Loewen, S., Crowther, D., Isbell, D., Kim, K. M., Maloney, J., Miller, Z. F., & Rawal, H. (2016, September). Learning from scratch using MALL: Duolingo and Turkish. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, New York, NY.

Zaykovskaya, I., & Miller, Z. F. (2016, May). When lecturers hesitate: Does the hesitation function of “Lecturer’s OK” exist? Paper presented at the Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change 3, Ottawa, ON.

Miller, Z. F. (2016, April). Playing with fire: Effects of hot cognition on L2 acquisition and working memory. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Orlando, FL.

Miller, Z. F. (2015, October). Military and civilian L2 instructors: Decoding perceptions of U.S. service academy cadets. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, Atlanta, GA.

Fox, J., & Miller, Z. F. (2015, October). Playing with fire: The effects of hot cognition on working memory and second language vocabulary acquisition. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, Atlanta, GA.

Miller, Z. F. (2009, November). Deconstructing the good-old boy ethic: Male friendship in Luis Verissimo’s O Clube dos Anjos. Paper presented at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.