Michael D. Calia

Senior Manager, Operations

Film and Media

Office: Visual Arts Building, 141

Phone: 404-727-1118

Email: mcalia@emory.edu


  • MA, Liberal Studies, Wesleyan University
  • BS, Broadcasting and Film, Boston University


Michael Calia worked in the media production industry in Connecticut for several years, holding positions at ESPN, Times-Mirror Cable, and Union Carbide Corporation’s world headquarters before setting out on his own as a freelance editor, producer and director, working on a range of projects, including broadcast documentaries, for a variety of clients.

In 1993, he joined Quinnipiac University (QU), where he eventually earned appointment as director of the university’s Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center. As an adjunct professor he taught a number of undergraduate and graduate media production courses at QU’s School of Communication.  He continued to be active in production, and in 2013 directed and co-produced the documentary “Justice is a Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley,” which aired on Connecticut Public Television and was nominated for a regional EMMY and won other awards including Best Feature Documentary at the St. Tropez International Film Festival.

At Emory he supports students studying media production, the Film and Media Studies and Visual Arts faculty teaching in the Visual Arts building, and maintains the classroom and media production environments. Calia conducts workshops every semester in various aspects of motion picture production to help enhance students’ production skill sets.