George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Multi-Media Journalism
PhD Human-Computer Interaction, Indiana
University School of Informatics-IUPUI, 2014 (anticipated)
MA Composition & Rhetoric, Ball State
BA Journalism, Ball State University, 1996
Palilonis is the journalism graphics sequence coordinator. She teaches upper
level courses in information graphics reporting, interface design and
multimedia storytelling. As a leader in BSU’s nationally recognized program, Palilonis helps make
curriculum decisions for the sequence and department; serves the department,
college and university on various committees; and works directly with students
to obtain internships and realize their full potential as visual journalists.
Palilonis frequently leads special topic courses that partner Ball State students with
professional organizations. Past projects include collaborations with The
Indiana State Museum, Circle of Blue (www.circleofblue.org), and the South
Florida Sun-Sentinel (www.sun-sentinel.com).
of professional specialization are multimedia storytelling, visual journalism,
page design, information graphics reporting, art direction, redesign, visual
rhetoric, composition, electronic learning, collaborative learning, animation,
digital publishing, research-informed design and development, human-computer
interaction and interaction design.
graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1996, Palilonis worked as
a news and business designer at Detroit Free-Press (1996-1998). She was also
the Sunday art director and deputy news design editor at the Chicago Sun-Times
(1998-2001). Palilonis has been an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University
in Detroit and later at the International Academy for Merchandising and Design
in Chicago. Palilonis is a media design consultant and affiliate with Garcia
Media and has worked on the redesigns of more than 30 print and online
publications since 2000.
Palilonis views teaching and research to be equally important roles in the
Department of Journalism. She conducts
research in the areas of active reading in the digital environment, multimedia
storytelling, print and online design,
blended learning models and information visualization.
Palilonis is the author of two textbooks: A Practical Guide to Graphics
Reporting (Focal Press, 2006) and The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford University
Press, 2012). She has developed three major interactive multimedia books,
including Design Interactive, an e-text on basic design principles and
Visualizing Electricity & Magnetism, an interactive set of visualizations
used in 100-level electricity and magnetism courses at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. She has published 15 refereed publications and has presented
numerous professional and creative endeavors at more than 35 conferences and
meetings. She is the former education director for the Society for News Design and former head of the Visual
Communications division of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.
2013, Palilonis received the National Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher
of the Year Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation. She has also received the
Ball State University Outstanding Teaching award (2012), CCIM “High Technology” award and was
named the CCIM “Researcher of the Year” in 2010. She was also named a Graduate of the Last Decade from
the Ball State Alumni Association in 2006.
Thesis/Creative Project Experience:
Professor Palilonis has been a thesis committee
chair for six masters students’ theses. She has been a thesis committee member
for two projects.