Dr. Tawannah G. Allen is Director of the Ed.D. Program and Associate Professor at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Prior to her role at FSU, she served as Senior Administrator of Elementary Staffing and Operations with Wake County Public Schools, in Cary, North Carolina, where she provided guidance in human resource actions to thirty-six elementary principals and their staff and 140 speech-language pathologists. Before serving as Senior Administrator, Dr. Allen served as Executive Director of Human Resources and Professional Development with Bertie County Schools. Earlier she served as Director of Elementary Education and Professional Development with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Her teaching career began with Durham Public Schools, in addition to, working for many years as a speech-language pathologist in both public and private sectors. She has served as an adjunct professor for many years, while having designed and evaluated online courses for school systems and community colleges.
Dr. Allen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, K-5 Teaching Certificate and Master of Education in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University, while also earning a Master of School Administration from Fayetteville State University. Her Doctorate in Education degree was earned from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Allen has facilitated trainings and presented at many conferences and lecture series pertaining to the challenges African-American and Latino male students face while being educated within the public school sector. Many of these discussions focused on understanding how theoretical perspectives such as Resiliency, Critical Race and Successful Pathway Theories are imperative when educating students of color.
In addition to several new articles to be submitted for publications and scheduled presentations, selected publications include:
Allen, T. (2006). Resiliency among African American Male Students. Advances in Educational Administration, (9), 201-229.
Malloy, W. & Allen, T., (2007). Teacher Retention in a Teacher Resiliency-Building Rural School. Rural Educator, 28(2), 19-27.
Manuscripts in progress include:
“African-American Males and Student Achievement in Northeastern North Carolina.” “Does Internet Accessibility Increase Student Success and Promote Graduation?” “Resiliency and African-American and Latino Females.”
Areas of Research Interests include:
Diversity issues with African-American and Latino males, critical race and resiliency theories focused as teacher professional development strategies, successful recruiting strategies for minority teachers and administrators, minority recruitment in the public schools and university settings, turnaround strategies for failing schools, successful superintendency and African-Americans males and females.