Assistant Professor


Dr. Jennifer K. Allen began her career in higher education in 2016 at the University of West Georgia where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education. Jennifer earned her PhD in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia (2011-2016). Prior to her appointment at UWG, Jennifer taught at the elementary school level for ten years, working in second, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms as well as in the gifted resource setting. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia (2003) and a Master's Degree in Reading Instruction from the University of West Georgia (2010). Additionally, she holds endorsements for Gifted Education, ESOL, and Reading Instruction. Professionally, Jennifer is active with the Cherokee Rose Writing Project where she serves as a teacher consultant and leadership team member. She also enjoys teaching on-site literacy courses at the local PDS schools. Jennifer's research interests include practitioner research, using the NOT-ICE protocol to notice gifts and talents in culturally and linguistically diverse learners, writing pedagogy, and digital literacies. Personally, Jennifer enjoys watching and playing sports, especially when her children are involved and spending time with her friends and family (husband, Justin; children, Carter and Julia).

Education / Degrees

  • BS Ed., Early Childhood Education, University of Georgia, 2003
  • M.Ed., Reading Instruction, University of West Georgia, 2010
  • Ph.D., Language and Literacy Education, University of Georgia, 2016
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 01
    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 02

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • READ-7261 (Literacy Engagmnt thru Writing) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 01
    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 02

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • READ-3251 (Children's Literature) Section: 03
    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 02
  • Publication List

    Ogletree, T. & Allen, J. (2013). The writing workshop: Giving voice to the silenced. In Coffey, D. & Roberts, E., Keys to literacy instruction for the net generation: Grades 4-12. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 113-132.

    Allen, J. K., Robbins, M. A., Payne, Y. D., Brown, K. B. (2016). Using enrichment clusters to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Gifted Child Today, 39(2), 84-97.

    Allen, J. K. (accepted). Exploring the role teacher perceptions play in the underrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in gifted programming. Gifted Child Today.

    Allen, J. K. (accepted). Practitioner Research: A “Refreshing Change” for ProfessionalLearning. i.e.: inquiry in education.