Kathryn Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Dean/Associate Professor
Leadership, Literacy, and Social Foundations

Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy Education | University of Minnesota - Minneapolis (2016)

Master of Science in Education | University of Tennessee - Knoxville (2011)

Bachelor of Science in Education | North Dakota State University (1987)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Integration of technology into literacy education
  • Development of reflective practice


Years of PK-12 Experience: 20 years


Dr. Kathryn Allen has been an educator for more than 30 years. Her experience includes work in early childhood and elementary education, as well as teacher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She received National Board Certification while teaching in St. Paul Public Schools and continues to model and encourage practices of inquiry and reflection emphasized in the certification process.

Kathryn’s research interests lie at the intersection of teacher learning, literacy, and contemporary society. Her research supports the idea that collaborative, situated, teacher-centered professional learning holds promise as a meaningful way for educators to serve as literacy leaders in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

Kathryn completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota; M.S at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; and B.S. at the University of North Dakota in Mayville. However, her most valuable educational experiences have come from teaching in elementary classrooms in St. Paul, MN and Knoxville, TN.