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DIANE D. ALLEN JOINS SOUTHEASTERN AS DEAN OF COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
HAMMOND -- Diane D. Allen has
assumed her duties as the new dean of Southeastern Louisiana University’s
College of Education and Human Development.
Allen comes to Southeastern from the
University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where she was associate dean
for Outreach, Research and Professional Development. A native of Memphis,
Tenn., she earned her doctoral and master's degrees in curriculum and instruction
from Oklahoma State University and her bachelor's degree in English from
the University of Memphis.
“Dr. Allen’s impressive academic credentials,
demonstrated leadership abilities, and vision for the College of Education
and Human Development convince us that she will be a strong advocate for
both the college and the university,” said President Randy Moffett.
A specialist in the areas of reading
and literacy, Allen said Southeastern's reputation as an excellent school
of education, as well as the warmth and enthusiasm of the faculty, were
major factors in attracting her to the university.
She said she is looking forward to implementing
the university’s new joint doctoral degree program in education, increasing
external funding for the College of Education and Human Development, and
expanding partnerships with the Southeastern Lab School and other area
As a member of the University of North
Texas faculty since 1991, Allen developed a significant body of scholarly
work including book chapters, articles and presentations. In addition,
she taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses and participated
in many service activities at the department, college and university level.
At the University of North Texas, Allen
increased the College of Education's external funding from $3.6 million
to $10.7 million in three years, wrote the proposal that became the university's
first congressional earmark funding, and developed the first outreach plan
for the UNT College of Education. She also established an educational living
community for freshmen residence hall students who indicated an interest
in careers in education, and created a faculty newsletter and an annual
publication highlighting faculty research.
Allen previously was a professor at
the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a graduate assistant at the Oklahoma
State University, and a secondary and elementary public school teacher
for 12 years in North Carolina and Oklahoma.
She is co-editor of the College Reading
Association’s “Reading Research and Instruction” publication, and is a
member of the proposal and manuscript review board of the International
Reading Association. She was chosen in 2001 as a recipient of the Leadership
Texas Scholarship, was named a “Developing Scholar” at the University of
North Texas in 1996, and received “Outstanding Article” citations from
the “Journal of Reading Education” in 1995 and 1991.
Allen succeeds interim dean Martha Thornhill,
who has been named a special liaison to the provost for teacher education