Troy McKay

CHS Digital Media Instructor
249C Ruttan Hall
+1 612 626 5503


B.A., Recreation Mgmt. & Non-Profit Admin., University of Northern Iowa
M.A., Organizational Communication and Leadership, Woodbury University
Graduate Certificate, Film and Television Production, UCLA
Ph.D., Education, Iowa State University

Courses Taught

AECM 3452: Digital Media Essentials for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
AECM 3462: Podcasting for Science Literacy AECM
4432: Advanced Video Production for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
AECM 4452: Virtual Field Trip Production for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resource Science Education & Communication


I was raised in rural Iowa and spent a majority of my professional career working in the film industry in Los Angeles, CA. I made the transition from the industry to the higher education to bring my working knowledge of media production to the classroom. When I'm not working I love to spend time with my family traveling and adventuring in the outdoors.

Research Interests

Science Communication
The Use Video Production as Learning Tool
Classroom Instruction and Assessment of Media Production Projects
Leadership's Relationship with Creative Collaboration

Why the University of Minnesota?

I love working at the University of Minnesota because of the outstanding faculty that inspires me to better my own research and educational practices, as well as the dedicated students who never cease to surprise me with their creativity, curiosity and thoughtfulness.

Dr. Troy McKay