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Divya McMillin, PhD

Executive Director Professor of Global Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Divya McMillin photoDivya McMillin is Professor of Global Media Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, and founding Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies in the UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She serves on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is actively engaged in community initiatives that bring business, education, and social services together. McMillin is one of only three faculty at UW Tacoma to receive highest honors in both research and teaching, with a Distinguished Research Award in 2012 and a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.

McMillin teaches global media courses for the Communication major and orientation and capstone seminars for the Global Honors Program. Under her leadership, the Global Honors Program has more than doubled its graduates, secured a Global Scholar merit award for each student, and developed funded international research opportunities for undergraduates.

McMillin’s research and teaching interests include media globalization, trade, consumerism, and media audiences. Her innovative community engaged model for global learning has been featured in the UW Provost’s Report and UW Columns magazine. She serves as consultant for honors program development and conducts workshops on high impact global learning practices at the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and national and regional honors conferences. McMillin is an active speaker on the national and international circuit. Invited presentations include the Robert Pockrass Lecture at Penn State (2013) Prix Jeunesse International Festival (Munich, 2010), Fifth World Summit on Media for Children (Johannesburg, 2007), and Boston University Symposium on Globalized Television (2004). Conference presentations include the International Communication Association Conference (Prague, 2018), Geomedia Conference (Karlstad, 2017), Australia/New Zealand Communication Association Conference (Queenstown, 2015), and Soft Power Conference (London, 2013).

McMillin has served as moderator for the IGE’s Global Classroom and UW Tacoma’s first Views on the Pacific. McMillin’s research on media globalization has won Top Paper awards from the International Communication Association. She is the author of International Media Studies (Blackwell 2007) and Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and co-editor of Place, Power, Media (Peter Lang, in press). Her empirical fieldwork on transnational television networks and audiences has resulted in over 30 top-tiered journal articles and book chapters. McMillin serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and as reviewer for the Journal of Communication, Popular Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Feminist Media Studies and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. She reviews book manuscripts for Oxford, Routledge, Sage, Rowman and Littlefield, Polity, and Palgrave MacMillan.

Joanne Clarke Dillman, Phd

Faculty Coordinator

As the Global Honors Faculty Coordinator, Joanne Clarke Dillman will support the Executive Director, faculty, staff, and students in the development and execution of several Program initiatives, including Integrated Global Honors and the annual Global Engagement Conference. Her degrees include a bachelors from Brown University, MFA in Film from Columbia University, and PhD from George Mason University, with areas of specialization in Visual Culture and Feminist Media Studies. Joanne's PhD's work is on the intersection of issues of gender, class and power in American visual culture, with an emphasis on film. Her book, "Women and Death in Film, Television and News: Dead But Not Gone," was published in November, 2014.

Dr. Clarke Dillman teaches a variety of film classes, from Introduction to Film Studies, to Feminist Perspectives, Media Genres and Film Theory and Aesthetics, among others. She also teaches an Introduction to Screenwriting class. She has taught in both the Core Program and continues to teach in Global Honors. Her focus and home program is in Arts, Media, and Culture.

Lynn Hermanson, MEd

Assistant Director

Lynn Hermanson is Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program, serving as principle program operations administrator, admissions advisor and student counselor. Her work includes management of program budgets, publicity, building relationships with campus and community partners, and event management.

Alexis Wheeler, JD

Program Coordinator

Photograph of Alexis WheelerBorn and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Alexis Wheeler studied History and Political Science as an Honors student at the University of Washington, before earning a JD at Harvard Law School and an MSc at the University of Westminster (London, UK). Funding her UW education through merit and need-based aid, Alexis learned early to seek out educational opportunities, from summer research fellowships at Princeton and the University of Illinois to study abroad programs in Italy and South Africa. These experiences inspired a lasting commitment to global learning and exploration.

During law school, Alexis gained international legal experience as a summer associate at White & Case's London office and as a Harvard Asia Law delegate to South Korea.  Returning to Seattle in 2010, she counseled international clients as an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and served as Secretary of Hostelling International’s Washington State Council, organizing and delivering talks on educational travel. Seeking additional international experience, Alexis went abroad in 2012 to backpack across Europe and pursue further studies in London. She returned eager to build a globally-focused career in education.

Faculty

The Global Honors program draws the expertise of faculty from different disciplines and academic programs throughout UW Tacoma. Find out more about our past and present instructors on the affiliated faculty page.

Faculty who currently teach Global Honors courses include:

2018-19 Faculty

Elizabeth Bruch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Photograph of Elizabeth Bruch
Specialty: International Law and Human Rights, Sociology

Elizabeth Bruch, PhD's research, education and professional experience all center on international law and policy, particularly human rights.  She began her career as a lawyer, working first in general civil practice, in diverse settings from New York to Alaska.  She then followed her interest into international human rights work. She worked for two years in post-conflict Bosnia as the Executive Officer of the Human Rights Chamber, a human rights court created by the Dayton Peace Agreement, and did human rights fact-finding in Haiti, Namibia, Tanzania, Kosovo, Romania, and elsewhere.

After completing her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia (UBC), she joined the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2014. Before coming to UWT, she taught at UBC, American University’s Washington College of Law, Arizona State University College of Law, and Valparaiso University School of Law.  Her research addresses a range of international legal issues, including humanitarian intervention, human rights, the use of international standards in domestic law, gender in international law, human trafficking, and immigration reform.

Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Faculty Coordinator,Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program Photograph of Joanne Clarke Dillman

Specialty: Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Gender, Class and Power in Popular Culture

Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD's work is on the intersection of issues of gender, class and power in American visual culture, with an emphasis on film. Her book, "Women and Death in Film, Television and News: Dead But Not Gone," was published in November, 2014. 

Dr. Clarke Dillman teaches a variety of film classes, from Introduction to Film Studies, to Feminist Perspectives, Media Genres and Film Theory and Aesthetics, among others. She also teaches an Introduction to Screenwriting class. She has taught in both the Core Program and continues to teach  in Global Honors. Her focus and home program is in Arts, Media, and Culture.

Margaret Griesse, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & SciencesPhotograph of Margaret Griesse
Specialty: International Education, Social Movements, Violence Against Women in Latin America (especially Brazil)

Margaret Griesse, PhD is Senior Lecturer at the UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Tomas Koontz, PhD

Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Photograph of Tomas Koontz
Specialty: Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Community-Based Natural Resources Management, Integration of Social and Environmental Sciences

Tomas Koontz, PhD, grew up in Kitsap county and completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Puget Sound, before heading east to pursue graduate work at Indiana University in Public Policy. His interdisciplinary graduate studies focused on environmental policy as it relates to human systems including institutions, stakeholder participation and community-based natural resource management, as well as natural systems such as forests, watersheds and the global climate. As a research assistant with the International Forestry Resources and Institutions program, he collaborated with international scholars examining the ecological and sociopolitical aspects of community-based natural resource management and coupled human and natural systems.

In 1998 Dr. Koontz joined the faculty at Ohio State University in the interdisciplinary School of Environment and Natural Resources. Working with colleagues and students, he conducted research on collaborative environmental management, forest policy, watershed management and related environmental and natural resources policy topics. As one of the few social scientists in an environmental science program, he enjoyed helping students to integrate across disciplines and see the critical role of social science in solving environmental challenges.

In 2011 Dr. Koontz spent a half-year sabbatical at Leuphana University in Germany, where he taught and researched in the sustainability program. This provided an opportunity to compare collaboration and water policy between the European Union and the U.S. In 2014 he returned to his home state of Washington to join UW Tacoma in its environmental science, environmental studies, and sustainability efforts. 

Benjamin Meiches, PhD

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Photograph of Benjamin Meiches
Specialty: Political Science, International Law, Armed Conflict and Genocide, Rhetorical Strategy

Benjamin Meiches, PhD's research and teaching focus on global politics. He is particularly interested in armed conflict, genocide, and the development of international law. He teach classes about political violence, human rights, and international theory.

Dr. Meiches' research focuses on armed conflict, genocide, and international law. I am particularly interested in how the categories, concepts and practices of contemporary violence evolved and developed over time. I am also invested in debates about contemporary political theory. I am currently working on a history of the emergence of international law and political discourse surrounding genocide.

Christine Stevens, PhD

Associate Professor, Nursing and Healthcare LeadershipPhotograph of Christine Stevens
Specialty: Nursing Science, Comparative Global Healthcare Systems, Social Determinants of Health, Participatory Research

Christine Stevens, PhD is an associate professor in the UW Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare programs. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on social justice and how structural disadvantages affect health especially in low-income residents and adolescent populations focusing on housing and food insecurity.  Dr. Stevens uses participatory research to develop long-term relationships with communities and partners with residents to develop interventions that are relevant at the local level.

Her teaching focuses on the social determinants of health, using social marketing to address social justice in communities, exploring how popular film and media construct our view of adolescents especially in terms of race, class, and gender. She was given the UWT Distinguished Teaching award in 2012 and featured in the Provost 2014 series of Innovators among us: Using technology to engage students.

Divya McMillin, PhD

Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & ScienceDivya McMillin photo
Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program
Specialty: Global Media Studies, Communications

Divya McMillin, PhD is Professor of Global Media Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, and founding Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies in the UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She serves on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is actively engaged in community initiatives that bring business, education, and social services together. McMillin is one of only three faculty at UW Tacoma to receive highest honors in both research and teaching, with a Distinguished Research Award in 2012 and a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.

Beverly Naidus, MFA

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Science
Specialty: Interactive Art Installations, Audience-Participatory Art, Social Issue Activism

Beverly Naidus, interdisciplinary artist, writer and facilitator of an innovative studio arts curriculum, has been creating interactive installations, digital projects, artist books and narrative drawings for over three decades. Much of her work is audience-participatory, inviting people to tell their own stories in response to the theme being explored. Inspired by lived experience, topics in her art focus on environmental and social issues, including how we are individually and collectively affected by racism, climate change and multiple forms of systemic oppression. Her unique courses at UWT emerge from her own projects and include: Art in a Time of War, Cultural Identity and Art, Body Image and Art, Eco-art, Labor, Globalization and Art and the Artist as Visionary and Dreamer.

She facilitated and designed the permaculture-inspired, eco-art project, Eden Reframed, on Vashon Island, WA, funded by the Royalty Research Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in mainstream museums, university galleries, alternative spaces and city streets. It has been reviewed and discussed by many significant writers, including Lucy R. Lippard, Suzi Gablik, Paul Von Blum and Lisa Bloom. 

She is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, numerous essays on socially engaged art and pedagogy and some recent pieces of speculative fiction.  She has taught at several NYC museums, Carleton College, Cal State Long Beach, Hampshire College, Goddard College and the Institute for Social Ecology. She has guest lectured and led workshops all over North America and in Europe.

As part of her new collective, ARTifACTs, she is collaborating on an interactive, multidisciplinary project about the future.  “We Almost Didn’t Make It,” imagines the artifacts (and stories that emerge from them) found by our descendants that allow them to envision the horrors and contradictions of our present world, and the miraculous risks taken by activists (their ancestors) that allowed the descendants to even exist. Her website is http://www.beverlynaidus.net and her eco-art project’s blog is www.edenreframed.blogspot.com.

Richard Wilkinson, MPA, MA, SPHR

Associate Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness and Development
Specialty: Project Management, Organizational Improvement, Change Management

Richard Wilkinson currently serves as the University of Washington Tacoma’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness and Development. In that capacity he oversees staff HR, mentors academic HR, facilitates a variety of organizational improvement and change management initiatives, and leads management development workshops campus-wide. His teaching experience at UW Tacoma includes both the School of Education’s educational doctorate program and the Milgard School of Business.

He is the author of UW Tacoma’s Supervisor’s Toolbox, several articles, including “My Journey to the Center of HR” in Higher Education Workplace magazine, and The Healthy Workplace Chapbook, the creation of which he facilitated with fellow UW colleagues. He is a featured practitioner in the 25th anniversary edition of Marvin Weisbord’s The Productive Workplace.

Prior to joining UW Tacoma, Richard worked in HR and organization development leadership capacities in global health, both in the UW’s Department of Global Health and the Seattle-based NGO, PATH.

His graduate degrees are from the University of Southern California in public administration and Antioch University Seattle in organization development. Richard is lifetime certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Global Honors Faculty Council

Our faculty, staff and student council includes representatives from academic and other programs across campus. Find out more here.

Honors Executive Committee

The Honors Executive Committee is the designee of the representative Global Honors Faculty Council to collaborate with the Global Honors Executive Director in the development and oversight of Major Honors and Major Integrated Honors pathways at UWT. Find out more here.