Jimmeka Anderson, Ph.D. is the Project Manager of the Cyber Citizenship Initiative. Her research interests include critical digital media literacy education and she has immersed her professional development efforts in focusing on technology inequity among historically marginalized students. She received her master’s degree in Educational Media with a focus on New Media Literacies at Appalachian State University. While serving as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. for ten years, she has developed curriculum and award-winning community programs that empower youth through media literacy and media creation.
Additionally, Jimmeka is the creator of the Teen Media Literacy Conference in Charlotte, NC, and has served in several leadership/advisory roles with the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), American Education Research Association (AERA), and American Library Association (ALA). Jimmeka has also served as a contractor and consultant for several national organizations to assist with media literacy curriculum and projects.
Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. degree, Jimmeka worked as a Library Outreach Coordinator for ten years at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and for the past three years has served as a Course Instructor with the Carolina School of Broadcasting where she teaches adult students courses in Media Literacy, Media Ethics, and New Media. Jimmeka has been featured in WIRED Magazine and in the recently released Trust Me Documentary in Fall 2020. Her recent honors include the 2018 Crowning Achiever Award from The Crown Jewels (NC) Links, Inc. and the 2019 Excellence in Public Humanities Award from the NC Humanities Council.