Dr. Emily Allen
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Emily Allen is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Purdue's Honors College, a position that allows her to work with undergraduates from all over the university. 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 affiliated with the programs for Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies, and Theory & Cultural Studies. Professor Allen received her B. A. (honors) from UCLA in 1986, and her M. A. (honors) and Ph. D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1990 and 1996, respectively. She held an Isaac Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University in Canada before arriving at Purdue University in 1997.
Professor Allen has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the Charles B. Murphy Award in Undergraduate Teaching, Purdue’s highest honor. Her other awards include Purdue’s Teaching for Tomorrow Award and over a dozen departmental awards for teaching excellence. She has received several grants for teaching innovation and has been a fellow at Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence. In 2002, she was inducted into Purdue’s Teaching Academy, and in 2008 her name was inscribed in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers.
Professor Allen has taught interdisciplinary honors classes at Purdue since 1999 and directed the College of Liberal Arts Honors Program before moving to her current position in the Honors College. In her administrative role, she works with all first-year honors students, runs the Honors College Mentor Program, oversees the honors curriculum, and develops new courses for the Honors College.
She lives in Lafayette with her husband (also a Purdue professor), their two small boys, two large cats, and a house rabbit.