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FRoNt StReet JouRNAl

April 2013

teacher spotlight

Renaissance man:
Kenneth dale ingham
By Dawn Heinbach
FSJ Staff Writer
One thing is certain: Dale Ingham is not the run-of-the-mill professor of English Composition. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
A filmmaker, satirist and “frustrated actor,” Ingham is a very creative and busy man.
Always drawn to acting, Ingham's first “performances” began at
the age of 5. Using a tape recorder, he created his own “radio show,”
complete with “guests” and even commercial breaks. Years later,
this love of performing for an audience would become a reality when
he became a disc jockey and radio news director.
Ingham has been an adjunct professor at RACC for 11 years, teaching Communication courses such as Composition and Literature and
Fundamentals of Speech. The distinct similarity between performing
on stage and imparting information to a classroom full of students
quickly attracted him, and the halls of academia became his new
stage. Not surprisingly, he loves what he does.
“Any course in which the students actively participate is my favorite,” Ingham said, “but I think I like teaching Film and Comp &
Lit the most.”
Filmmaking is one of Ingham's other passions. He has been making movies since he was 16 years old, and his film company, KDI Pictures, fulfills a life-long dream. Ingham produced his first feature
film, “Seduction of Innocence,” in 1991, and is currently working on
a Hitchcockian suspense-thriller.
A Pottstown, Pa native, Ingham still resides there with his wife
Angie, his stepson, Zach, his 87-year-old mother, Ruth, and pet cat
Chaplin—named after the legendary actor/filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.
Students at RACC who find themselves in one of his classes will
soon realize their luck. As a professor, Ingham is fair and knowledgeable in the subjects he teaches. His unrestrained sense of humor
makes the learning process fun.
“I enjoy my students, and learn from them, too,” Ingham said. “If
I live to be 80—and I will if I give up bacon—I will continue to learn
something new everyday.”
Dale Ingham's performance in the classroom deserves two
thumbs up.

Photo courtesy of Dale Ingham.
• Education: B.S. and M.S., Kutztown University
• Favorite quote: “The less satisfaction we derive from being
ourselves, the greater is our desire to be like others.” —Eric
Hoffer, philosopher
• Favorite activities: Outside of the classroom, Ingham can be
found working on a film production, traveling, spending
time with Angie, or enjoying Thoroughbred horse racing.
• Favorite music: Ingham enjoys a variety of music from
Broadway to metal, but his all-time favorite is the “soundtrack of America,” music by Frank Sinatra.
• Daring Do: Ingham ziplined over lions and tigers at Safari
Park in San Diego while on his honeymoon with Angie in

F aceb ook. co m /F ro n t S tr eet Jo ur nal

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