EMDD Faculty & Staff

Jennifer George-Palilonis

Director, Center for Emerging Media Design and Development
George & Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Multimedia Journalism

Dr. Jennifer George-Palilonis is a full professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, and the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing. Since 2002, Palilonis has been a media design consultant, both independently and as an affiliate with Garcia Media Group. She has worked on the redesigns of more than 30 newspapers nationwide. She also worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a news design editor and the Detroit Free Press as a business art director.

Palilonis is also the author of two books, The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford University Press, 2012) and A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press, 2006). Her research interests include active reading in mobile environments, multimedia storytelling, the use of multimedia as a teaching and learning tool, blended and online learning, mobile design and development, and information graphics.

In 2012, she was  named the Scripps Howard Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year; and Ball State presented her with the Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2006, she was named the “Young Alumnus of the Year” by the Ball State University Department of Journalism and “Graduate of the Last Decade” by the Ball State University Alumni Association. Prior to becoming the EMDD co-director, she was the coordinator for the nationally recognized journalism graphics sequence and director of the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio.


Alex Lukens

Instructor, Center for Emerging Media Design & Development + Digital Media Minor

Alex Lukens is an instructor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism and teaches courses in the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development. He is the assistant director of the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio and the director of the Digital Media Minor, which are both housed in the Center.

Lukens earned his Film & Media Studies Masters from Emory University in 2013. He wrote his master’s thesis on the transformative effects of media gimmicks across multiple platforms. He presented a paper at Indiana
University in 2012 regarding common trends and tendencies of modern American cinema-goers. Lukens is a lifelong media professional, serving as Multimedia Specialist at Zoo Atlanta from 2011-2013, constructing and maintaining public-facing media
content of the organization. He is the co-founder of two media production companies and recently received worldwide distribution for Night Terrors, a feature-length horror anthology film that he co-wrote, produced, and directed.

Most recently, Lukens acted as assistant to several prominent film and television producers and directors, with his name in the credits of such shows as Stranger Things, The Vampire Diaries, A Walk in the Woods, The Fundamentals of Caring, and 2017’s Sleepless.


EMDD Staff

Faith Kellermeyer

Project Manager, Center for Emerging Media Design and Development

Faith Kellermeyer is the project manager for the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development. She earned her Masters in Organizational and Professional Communication and Development from Ball State in 2015, and was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student by the Department of Communication Studies. Her master’s thesis examined memorable messages in campus sexual assault prevention programming.

While pursuing her graduate degree, Faith served as the recruiting event and social media manager for the Ball State Graduate School.

Faith’s research interests include health communication, sexual violence prevention, and public art. She is the co-founder of We’re Trying Collective, an artist collective that works collaboratively to promote social change.