Kenneth Calhoun, M.F.A.Chair of Art and Graphic Design; Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Office: Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center
Department: Art & Graphic Design
Degrees: M.F.A. Emerson College; B.A. University of California at San Diego
Kenneth Calhoun is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the newly formed Art and Graphic Design Department. He has served as Assistant Professor of Interactive Media at Elon University for the past three years; prior to that he was a visiting professor at Duke University, where he taught a course called Digital Storytelling. He served as a creative director, designer and writer/director in various organizations during the 1990s, working with Fortune 500, music and hospitality industry clients. His creative work includes documentary filmmaking, interactive design, music composition and fiction. An award-winning writer of short stories, his work has appeared in the Paris Review, Fence Magazine, Quick Fiction, New Stories from the South: The Year's Best 2010 and other publications.
How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students?
"The best classroom experience for the Lasell student is one that combines exposure to historical, strategic and theoretical aspects of the subject matter with insight into professional practice. To cultivate this mix of learning components, I draw heavily from my professional experiences as a writer, designer and creative director. Before teaching, I worked in three industries: hospitality, music (entertainment) and technology. I find that each one of these environments has provided me with experiences that are of value to the student. The resulting lessons range from sharing hard-earned tips about certain software quirks to instilling in students the importance of strong writing skills and professional follow-through. An even more direct benefit is realized when I am able to connect strong students with employers -- people I know and trust, having worked with them myself."