Honors Executive Committee

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The UW Tacoma Honors Executive Committee (HEC) is the designee of the representative IIGE Faculty Council to collaborate with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Global Engagement in the development and oversight of Major Honors and Major Integrated Honors pathways.

HEC members include:

Divya McMillin, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Global Engagement​

Professor of Global Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

(Ph.D. 1998, Indiana University Bloomington) is Professor of Global Media Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and founding Associate Vice Chancellor of the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement at UW Tacoma. 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 (Blackwell 2007), Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and the anthology Place, Power, Media (Peter Lang, 2018).

Her participatory and grassroots, human centered methodologies in development communication and her analyses of global cities, soft power, and the social impact of convergence technologies, are widely published in top tiered journals and anthologies, meriting her Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association, and marking her as a postcolonial scholar who has shaped the field of International Cultural Studies.

McMillin is recipient of the UW Distinguished Research Award (2012) and the Distinguished Teaching Award (2017). She serves on various international journal editorial and book publishing review boards, as well as the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Charles Wright Academy Board of Trustees.

Ji-Hyun Ahn, PhD

Associate Professor of Global Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Dr. Ji-Hyun Ahn was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea until she started her doctoral studies in the US in 2008. She received a BA degree in English Literature from Sogang University in 2005 (Summa Cum Laude). She received an MA degree in Visual Communication from the Graduate School of Communication & Arts in Yonsei University in 2007 and PhD in Media Studies in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She joined the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma as an Assistant Professor in September 2013. At UW Tacoma, she teaches courses on media globalization and inter-Asian media/cultural studies.

Dr. Ahn's primary research topic focuses on racial reconfiguration in East Asia as influenced by the massive flow of global migration today and the spectacularization of racial bodies on the screen in contemporary South Korean television. Considering race as a fundamental principle shaping global social order, her aim is to theoretically understand the complex nature of current racial globalization coupled with the transnational circulation of media and cultural texts in East Asia.

Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD

Associate Director, Global Honors Program and Institute for Innovation & Global Engagement

Associate Teaching Professor in Culture, Arts and Communication, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Dr. Joanne 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. Dr. Clarke Dillman’s 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.

As a Global Honors Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Clarke Dillman supports 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.

Sally Murphy, MA

Assistant Director, Global Honors Program and Institute for Innovation & Global Engagement

As Assistant Director, Sally Murphy will serve as the program administrator and principle student advisor for the Global Honors Program. Sally will support the Executive Director, staff and students by developing and implementing an inclusive structure within the Global Honors Program that integrates globally focused coursework with academic majors across campus. 

Sally obtained her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis, and later her M.A. in International Education from New York University, where her research focused on global education, international development and education, peace and conflict and cross cultural exchange. Sally's professional background has been focused in international education, student services, study abroad programming and faculty collaborations.

Originally from California, Sally relocated to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family and continue her career in global education. She is passionate about international education, serving students and traveling around the world as often as possible.