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James J. McKay

Director, Office of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs Digital Media Center

James J. McKay joined the Office of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs in 2012.  Jim engages and supports Illinois Tech students, faculty and staff and the surrounding community in leveraging social media and digital media to catalyze innovation and community development to the benefit of all shareholders  He does this by drawing on his diverse experience in digital media, environmental design, and academia to facilitate community-building that accomplishes much positive change. 

Specialties  Digital media, social media, communications, architectural and environmental design behavior, community building.

A Chicago native, Jim attended City Colleges of Chicago before eventually earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign specializing in design behavior research.

It was in the context of the University of Illinois design behavior program that Jim learned to channel his diverse talents in digital technology and design behavior towards urban sustainability, community development, and community as to bring diverse stakeholders together for positively improving the built environment and community relationships. 

Through Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Jim also teaches in the Community Engagement Cluster of the Interdisciplinary Professional (IPRO) program. Recent cluster projects have included the Bronzeville Patriots Pavilion to honor African American Veterans; Bronzeville retail development; and others.

From the late 1980s through the 1990s, Jim was an active pioneer, leader, and faculty member in the development of digital and social media and computer initiatives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Fine and Applied Arts; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and College of Engineering.

During the 2000s, Jim oversaw digital media and computing in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he was also an Adjunct Associate Professor of architectural design.