Kenneth Palen

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Kenneth Palen

  • Adjunct


Ken Palen began his teaching career at the University of Dayton in 1992. His background in journalism and graphic design makes him an ideal instructor for publication design courses. Students in Ken's class learn InDesign CS5 paginating program as well as other peripheral design software.

Ken worked as a graphic designer and editor for the Dayton Daily News since 1980. Since retiring from the newspaper, he has become a freelance graphic designer and consultant. He emphasizes fundamentals of good design, incorporating text and images, with a concentration in the area of typography. Prior to his work with the Dayton Daily News, Ken served as a sports writer and copy editor for the Springfield Daily News. His excellence in graphic design has earned him recognition as Cox Newspapers page designer of the year. In 2008 Ken received the Don Morlan Adjunct Professor of the Year for the department.

Faculty Perspective

"The students make it fun for me. Seeing someone develop new skills and discover new talents is a great reward and motivator. Watching a student discover a love and passion for either discipline is an amazing experience and something quite rewarding."


  • M.A., studies at Wright State University
  • B.A., Eastern Kentucky University (1975)

Research Interests

  • Graphic design
  • Journalism
  • Recording studio operations as a producer, engineer and musician