ITTC Contacts

Michael Williams
Michael Williams
Assoc. Prof., Journalism

ITTC Lab Affiliation(s)
   Media Innovations Lab
Contact Info
Primary Office: 255 Nichols
2335 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045-7552
Phone: (785)864-7683

Secondary Office: 2064 Dole
Journalism & Mass Comm
Phone: 864-7638

Email Address:

Michael Williams, director of innovation for the KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has worked more than 30 years as a professional journalist and educator, emphasizing interactive media and media innovation. He teaches courses in visual communication, data visualization and media entrepreneurship.

Professor Williams is the founding director of the KU Media Innovation Lab (MILab); a project-level research lab focused on the definition, development and distribution of solutions to current and future communication challenges. MILab finds greatest success through the blending of knowledge shared by students, faculty and professionals and the application of this knowledge to significant communication projects.

Prior to his move to KU in 2008, he was lead professor of multimedia design at the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park. He has also served as director of graduate studies for the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. Williams previously taught photojournalism and multimedia design in the visual communications sequence in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his academic career at the University of Kansas where he was a member of the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He has also been a visiting professor in the School of Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and at two universities in Russia, Ural State University in Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg State University. Williams returned to the professional world in 2000 as Director of Internet Development for Kalmbach Publishing Company, a magazine publisher in Milwaukee, Wisc. There he was founding editor of, the most frequently visited site for railroad enthusiasts and rail industry professionals. He was also publisher for and oversaw the development of web sites for other Kalmbach publications. Williams began his professional career as staff photographer for the Salem (Ore.) Statesman-Journal where he was later promoted to Photo Director. He served as Graphics Director at the Albuquerque Tribune and Assistant Managing Editor at the Clarion-Ledger and Jackson Daily News in Mississippi. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Williams has done extensive visual communication consulting throughout the U.S., Europe and Russia. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Master of Science in Journalism degrees from the University of Kansas.

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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