Tawannah G. Allen, is an associate professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at High Point University. Her areas of research include recruitment and retention strategies for successful teachers and administrators, early literacy skills for vulnerable children, and turnaround strategies for failing schools.
She is also a member of Bridges2Success (B2S), a research and development lab comprised of scholars who are engaged in basic and applied research, focusing on the plight of young men and boys of color. As a B2S scholar, Dr. Allen designs and facilitates professional development trainings/lectures on the educational trajectory and life course challenges African-American and Latino male students face, while being educated within
the public education school system and other walks of life. During these sessions, Dr. Allen addresses the effects of negative stereotyping of minority males.
Prior to joining High Point University (HPU) Dr. Allen served as an associate professor and doctoral program coordinator at Fayetteville State University. Before entering into higher education, Dr. Allen worked in K-12 education, holding administrative experiences with Wake County Public Schools as a Human Resources Administrator; as the Executive Director of Teacher Recruitment and Professional Development with Bertie County Schools; and as the Director of Elementary Education and Professional Development with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Prior to performing these administrative roles, she was a kindergarten teacher with Durham Public Schools, in addition to, working for many years as a speech-language pathologist in both the public and private sectors.
Dr. Allen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, K-5 Teaching Certificate and Master of Education in Communication Disorders all 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.