Life as an Emerald Shellback, aboard the M.V. Explorer (2007 - 2011)
COURTNEY MILLER sits at the intersection of media, technology and education. She is internationally recognized as a leading expert on digital literacy and launched a successful start-up within a Tier 1 private research institution that has received critical acclaim. She currently serves as the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the top-ranked USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where her leadership has included the development and launch of the cutting-edge Annenberg Digital Lounge makerspace, the establishment of an Adobe Certification Center that offers over 15 courses and 500 ACA exams a year, and an innovative approach to product implementation that now has 86% of all Annenberg students using the Adobe Creative Cloud. She also develops and teaches multimedia courses and is spearheading a major curriculum overhaul. She spent two years as a Field Producer for Oprah’s Oxygen Television Network, where she created short documentaries for their primetime news magazine show, including coverage of the Emmys and Oscars. She has produced hundreds of events throughout Southern California with world-renown artists including Yo Yo Ma and John Williams, and also worked in audio for the inventor of THX sound. Her ideas and overall approach to relationship building and problem solving have been largely informed by her international portfolio, with professional and personal travel to over 70 countries. As a former faculty member on the Semester at Sea study abroad program, she lived on a ship for four years where she taught digital journalism, managed the shipboard multimedia department, and designed/led service learning projects around the world. She is honored to serve as an Adobe Education Leader, is a regular contributor to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences around the world. She holds a B.A. in Cinema-Television and an MFA in Writing from the University of Southern California. She is also an avid cyclist, kundalini yogi and spa aficionado. 


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