Life as an Emerald Shellback, aboard the M.V. Explorer (2007 - 2011)
With over 20 years of academic leadership and professional media experience, Courtney currently serves as the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She established the Annenberg Digital Lounge makerspace in 2014, directing all programming, staffing, content design and financials. Other recent projects have included the multimedia curriculum development and co-teaching of a new core course that puts digital tools in the hands of Annenberg freshmen, and the establishment of an Adobe Certification Center. In addition to teaching multimedia, she also leads the school’s curriculum design efforts, and is honored to serve on the Adobe Creative Campus board and as an Adobe Education Leader. She holds a B.A. in Cinema-Television and an M.F.A. in Writing from USC. She has worked as a Video Journalist for the Oxygen Television Network, where she co-produced short documentaries for their primetime news magazine show, in audio with THX Sound advent Tomlinson Holman, and has produced dozens of music concerts around Southern California. Her ideas and overall approach to teaching and problem solving have been largely informed by her international portfolio. As a former faculty member on the Semester at Sea study abroad program, she lived on a ship for a few years where she taught video production, ran the shipboard av/multimedia department, and designed/led service learning projects around the world ... literally. She is also an avid cyclist and spa aficionado. 

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