Professor Arthur Miles was the first Director of the UW-Madison School of Social Work, serving from 1948-1960. He taught at UW-Madison for over 30 years, first in the sociology department and later in the School of Social Work. He was a former county administrator for the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission and former Regional Statistician for the U.S. Social Security Board.
Professor Miles was a proponent of a social science rather than psychological orientation to social work and wrote American Social Work Theory in defense of such an orientation. Julia Miles established this scholarship in her husband’s name along with gifts from friends and colleagues of Professor Miles.