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 Washington Student Achievement Council, United Way of Pierce County, the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, South Sound Together, the City of Tacoma, Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center, Titus Will Tacoma, and Zenith West Gymnastics.