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Dr. Emily Allen

Director of the Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory


Emily Allen

Emily Allen is the founding Director of the Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory, a new Honors College initiative launching in 2021-2022. The Blue Sky Lab (BSL) will focus on translating and scaling high-impact pedagogies incubated in the Honors College and in connecting the HC outward to other educational institutions and communities. This new laboratory for teaching practice and research takes to the skies with “visionary pedagogy for a better world” starting Fall 2021.

From 2012-2021, Professor Allen served as the Honors College’s first Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in which position she oversaw the development of the college’s interdisciplinary courses, curriculum, and faculty; contributed to imagining its co-curricular structures; and helped set the vision and goals of Purdue’s first academic-residential college. She is particularly proud of having created the innovative structure of the college’s first-year seminar “Evolution of Ideas” and its attached mentor course, which was designed through Purdue’s groundbreaking IMPACT and now stands as a model for new and other programs.

She is also Associate Professor in the English Department, where her primary scholarly area is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, particularly the novel. She is the author of Theater Figures: The Production of the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (The Ohio State University Press) and a founding member of NAVSA, the North American Victorian Studies Association. Professor Allen received her B. A. (honors) from UCLA, and her M. A. (honors) and Ph. D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She held an Isaac Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University in Canada before arriving at Purdue University. She was the Director of the College of Liberal Arts Honors Program from 2008-2012, when she moved to Purdue’s new Honors College.

Professor Allen has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the Charles B. Murphy Award in Undergraduate Teaching, the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award, the Teaching for Tomorrow Award. She is a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy, and her name appears in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers.

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