The Global Honors Program draws the expertise of faculty from different disciplines and academic programs throughout UW Tacoma.
Faculty who currently teach Global Honors courses include:
Divya McMillin, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Global Engagement
Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Specialties: Global Media Studies, Communication
Dr. Divya McMillin (Ph.D. 1998, Indiana University Bloomington) is Professor of Global Media Studies in 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). She is one of only three faculty at UW Tacoma to receive highest honors in both research and teaching, with a Distinguished Research Award (2012) and a Distinguished Teaching Award (2017). 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 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. Trained at 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.
Ji-Hyun Ahn, PhD
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Specialty: Media Globalization, Korean Popular Culture (K-Pop), and Racial Reconfiguration (East Asia)
Ji-Hyun Ahn, PhD joined the faculty of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science at UW Tacoma in 2013. She has a Bachelor's of English Literature and a Master's in Visual Communication from South Koreak universities and a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ahn specializes in media globalization, Korean television and popular culture, Asian multiculturalism and critical mixed-race studies. She is particularly interested in how media practices have facilitated re-imagination of national identity from a global media perspective. Her ultimate goal is to understand how racial projects in what once were racially homogenous countries in Asia, including South Korea, are differently structured and articulated through the televisual media in comparison to the West.
Orlando Baiocchi, PhD
Endowed Professor, Engineering & Technology
Specialty: Electromagnetics, Wireless Sensor Networks, Energy Harvesting, Technology and Society, and Cyber Ethics
Orlando Baiocchi, PhDis the UW Tacoma Endowed Professor in Engineering Systems. He has bachelor and master of science degrees in Electrical and Civil Engineering from Brazilian universities and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University College London, UK. Dr. Baiocchi has extensive experience in academic administration, international cooperation, teaching and research. His areas of expertise and current interest include Electromagnetics, Wireless Sensor Networks, Energy Harvesting, Technology and Society, and Cyber Ethics. He and his wife, Iris, live in the city of University Place, WA.
Joanne Clarke Dillman, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Associate Director, Institute for Innovation & Global Engagement and Global Honors Program
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.
Janeil Engelstad, MFA
Community Partner in Residence
Collaboratively and independently, Janeil Engelstad has produced multiform projects, public art and exhibitions throughout the world. Her work has been exhibited and produced in partnership with Amon Carter Museum of American Art, ARTMargins/MIT, California Museum of Photography, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Dallas Museum of Art, International Center of Photography, Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art Gdańsk, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), The Nasher, New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program, Oboro Montréal, Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, U.S. Department of State and others.
Engelstad is the Founding Director of Make Art with Purpose (MAP), an organization that produces collaborative artist led projects that address social and environmental concerns throughout the world. MAP projects include communities as partners in the production of work, directly engage the audience to participate beyond the role of passive observer and ignite creative collaboration across organizations and disciplines. She has contributed essays to numerous publications including, Exploring New Horizons (peer reviewed), Vernon Press, 2019; Urban Public Art: Community Involvement and Civic Engagement (peer reviewed), Rowan & Littlefield, 2016; ARTMargins; Dallas Morning News; On the Issues; and In These Times. Her podcast, MAP Radio Hour, conversations at the intersection of art, design, science, politics and justice is hosted by Creative Disturbance and ARTECA at MIT. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Art News, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, Communication Arts, Dallas Morning News, Flash Art, Glasstire, I.D. magazine, Interview, Los Angeles Times, Metropolis, NBC Nightly News, New York Times, NPR and Print Magazine.
A Fulbright Scholar (Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2006-7), Engelstad is a member of the Social Practice Art Research Center at University of California, Santa Cruz. She has an MFA in Photography from a joint program between New York University and International Center of Photography and BAs in Political Science and English from University of Washington, Seattle.
Margaret Griesse, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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. Her main areas of research include social movements in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil; transversal and transnational studies on gender; and social responsibility within emerging nations. During the summer, she takes students on a Brazil study abroad program.
Marian Harris, PhD, ACSW, LICSW
Professor, Social Work & Criminal Justice
Specialty: Child Welfare System
Marian Harris, PhD, ACSW, LICSW is a Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, Social Work and Criminal Justice Program and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Washington, School of Social Work, Seattle. Dr. Harris's research focuses on the child welfare system, including substance abuse problem severity, attachment typology, parental stress, child maltreatment, extended family support, race and family structure, and the disproportionate representation of children of color in the child welfare system, especially African-American children. She is a former Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dr. Harris was awarded an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship and completed a two year postdoctoral training program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. from the Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.
Tom Koontz. PhD
Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Specialty: Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Community-Based Natural Resources Management, Integration of Social and Environmental Sciences
Tom 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.
Ben Meiches, PhD
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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.
Huatong Sun, PhD
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Huatong Sun explores the relationship and interaction between technology, culture and design in a globalization age across multiple disciplines; a teacher who strives to nurture communication majors into competent professionals and socially responsible citizens with a sharp vision of critical media studies; and a designer who aims to articulate local voices with a culture-sensitive design approach.