William Allen


Chatlos Journalism Building



William Allen, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Communication

"Teaching is an interactive piece of art. I believe that the classroom is more than a mere face-to-face linear transactional process. Second, teaching is a responsibility to societal functionality. My particular field - communication - is central to the functioning of the nation's business because it prepares the student in oral, literate, and visual competence. Third, teaching involves knowing one's self, the subject, and the student. Finally, the teacher must seek to know the student beyond classroom interaction."

As a Communication Artist, Mr. Allen strives to engage the audience through multiple emotional channels creating a dynamic transaction. This transaction happens as he co-creates an environment in an artistic way through disciplined craftsmanship.

Mr. Allen has a BA in Communication with an Emphasis in Broadcasting and then earned his MA in Media Communication. He also earned a MFA in Web Design + New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His blend of theory and practice creates a strong foundation in multiple genres of media fitting the convergent cultural thread. These key ingredients, along with his experiential focus, shapes who he is as an artist and educator.

Knowing and understanding the significance of communication enhanced his decision to pursue a career in education. The classroom is more than a mere face-to-face linear transactional process. His classroom is a continual flow of non-linear cognitive processes in search of fulfilling learning objectives and meeting an individual need as he challenges each student to be a lifelong learner. His passion for this subject is reflected through continual activity in research and practice. His passion is evident in classroom delivery and student expectation towards excellence in the field of Communication.

Every road traveled on this journey has developed a strong foundation in multiple genres of media including corporate, educational, documentary, and motion picture. This knowledge has allowed Dr. Allen to work with clients such as Tropicana, MSNBC, The Body Shop, and NFocus Visual Communication. 

Courses Taught

Digital Design; Media Foundations; Interactive Design; Media Production; Web Design; Print/Graphics Production; Video Short Form; Advanced Writing for Mass Media; Public Speaking; Writing for Communication; Perspectives in Communication; Mass Media Literacy; Fundamentals of Video; Media and Culture; Advertising Design


M.F.A., Web Design + New Media, Academy of Art University
M.A., Media Communication, Pensacola Christian College
B.S., Communication, Pensacola Christian College

Honors and Awards

First Place, Old Orchard Film Festival, Orlando, FL - 2007

Distinguished Faculty Award, Outstanding Teaching - 2008

Distinguished Faculty Award, Service to Department - 2007

Distinguished Faculty Award, Connectiveness with Students - 2006

Recent publications

Plato's Field of View Applied to "Lapith and Centaur." Crown College Research, Crown College, Waconia, MN, August 2009.

Now You See Me, Now You Don't. Crown College Research, Crown College, Waconia, MN, August 2007.