Dr. Divya McMillin (Ph.D. 1998, Indiana University Bloomington) is Professor of Global Media Studies and Interim Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS), and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Global Engagement.
McMillin has been featured as The Builder and Innovator for founding the SIAS Communication major (2000), the Institute for Global Engagement (2014) with its Minor and certificates in Global Engagement, the Global Innovation and Design (GID) Lab (2018) with its Minor in Innovation and Design, and the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (2020). She is Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies in the UW Seattle Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
McMillin’s pivotal work on the impact of satellite television on audiences and the television format industry across the world have led to three critically acclaimed books: International Media Studies (Wiley, 2007), Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and the anthology Place, Power, Media (Peter Lang, 2018). Her analyses of global cities and convergence technologies are widely published in top-tiered journals and anthologies, meriting her Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association. She is the only faculty to receive all three distinguished awards: the Distinguished Research Award (2012), the Distinguished Teaching Award (2017), and the Community Engagement Legacy Award (2021).
She has served as Cartus consultant for Russell Investments, Philips, and Siemens, as program consultant for the National Collegiate Honors Council and the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and is a member of various Tacoma community Boards. Certified through Stanford University’s Innovation Masters Series (2019), McMillin has led innovation and design thinking workshops for such corporate, non-profit, and government organizations as Titus Will Tacoma, Zenith West Gymnastics, United Way of Pierce County, the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, South Sound Together, and the City of Tacoma.