Ken Fox is Principal Lecturer and School Director of Learning and Teaching in School of Creative Arts & Industries. Ken teaches modules on American Cinema in the Film, Radio and Television Programme, Film Production and American Studies programmes. Ken introduced and teaches on the Professional Perspectives modules which offers key employability skills for students in FRTV and Film Production. In Year 2 he teaches a module on American Independent Cinema introducing students to a range of films that reflect the relationship between mainstream and independent films. His Year 3 Cinematic City module; in particular, reflects his research interests, as Ken's PhD focused on Cinematic Visions of Los Angeles. Ken is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Research and knowledge exchange
In 2009 Ken was successful, with a colleague in the Education Faculty, in winning an internal Research Informed Teaching award for £22,000, which lead to Film and Pedagogy workshops, a year-long programme of screenings, a conference, and the setting up of a Year 3 Education Studies module. A chapter resulting from this work, co-written with Professor Andrew Lambirth (University of Greenwich), was published in 2012.
In 2010 Ken contributed to the award winning Teacher’s TV programme “Teachers on Film”.
Ken has a particular interest in cross-disciplinary research involving film studies, cultural geography, urban studies and pedagogy. This cross-disciplinary approach is evident in his recent publications and conference papers.
Ken was awarded a University Learning & Teaching fellowship in 2013.
Ken has superivised a number of PhD students on topics including Films and Marketing, British Television Drama and Situation Comedy.
Ken is a regular contribtuor to BBC Radio Kent on topics including American and British cinema and television.
Teaching and subject expertise
Ken's earlier research interests reflected his involvement in primary education and media pedagogy. He is the author of Story-to-Story a teaching pack published by TVS (now Meridian Television) that develops primary media education around the adaptations of children's books for television. In recent years, Ken's research interests have developed around his PhD and the teaching of a very popular Year 3 module on The Cinematic City. Ken also delivers a Year 3 module on Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries and is co-ordinator of the Film, Radio and Television Programmes’ Industry Advisory Panel. Ken is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Unviersity Teaching Fellow and sucdcessful in securing Learning & Teaching small grants at Unviersity and Faculty levels. Ken has introduced the BAFTA Albert Certification on sustainability in the creative industries as an assessed part of the Professional Perspectives module.
- Screen Conference, Glasgow, 2008, joint paper with Dr. Andy Birtwistle, “The Spaces of Jazz in Robert Altman’s Kansas City”.
- Cities in Film Conference, University of Liverpool, 2008. Paper presented on “ The Three Spatialities of Latino/a Cinema”.
- Queering Paradigms International Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2009, paper co-presented with Alex Choat, “Queering the System: Baltimore, Dissent, Abnormality and Subversion in The Wire.”
- Landscape and Cinema Conference, University of Sheffield, 2010. Conference paper presented, “In praise of the inauthentic: the cinematic landscape of The Fighting Prince of Donegal (O’Herlihy, 1966).”
- Angels and Demons Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2010. Conference paper presented, “Angels and Demons in a border landscape.”
- Screen Conference, Derry, Northern Ireland, 2012. Conference paper presented on "Going to the Pictures, the influence of small town cinema going on creative artists from the border regions of Ireland."
- Irish Cinema conference, Cork University, Co, Cork, 2013. Conference paper presented "Going to the Pictures",
- Allingham Culture & Arts Festival, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, Rep of Ireland, presentation on The Fighting Prince of Donegal, Nov 2016.
- Allingham Culture & Art Festival, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, Reop of Ireland, presentataion on the Represenations of the Irish border in contemporary cinema, Nov 2018.