Saint Martin’s Professor Kathleen Allen receives Ed.D
Sept. 19, 2005
Lacey - Saint Martin’s University Assistant Prof.
Kathleen Allen has just received her doctorate in education from George
Fox University, Newberg, Ore.
For the past two years, Allen has taught
undergraduate and graduate education courses at Saint Martin’s main
campus, as well as at the Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base
extension campuses. Before pursuing a career in higher education, she
spent 15 years working as a teacher in Oregon’s Coos Bay and Tillamook
school districts. Allen became a principal in the Tillamook district,
but decided she wanted to mentor the next generation of teachers by
becoming a professor.
“My grandfather and father were professors, and that
was always a long-term goal of mine,” Allen said about entering
academia. “I also can have a little more influence in the quality of a
child’s education on a state and national level by being training future
Allen gives her students “hands-on” strategies for
teaching reading literacy at the elementary and middle school level,
said Joyce Westgard, the university’s dean of education. Allen also
leads her graduate students in researching “meta-cognition,” or how
students learn and process information. For example, Allen has looked at
whether or not students who struggle with spelling can correctly spell a
new word by hearing it first.
Allen’s dissertation is entitled “Student
Metacognitive Development in the Monitoring of Cognitive Profiles Yields
Reading Comprehension Gains.” Her research found that determining a
student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and then teaching them how
to monitor those strengths and weaknesses while reading significantly
affected their reading comprehension ability, as measured by a state
standardized test (such as the WASL).
“Kathleen is an excellent instructor,” Westgard
said. “We’re delighted to have her with us and look forward to the many
exciting opportunities she provides for our students.”
In addition to her doctorate, Allen has a bachelor’s
degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in education
from Portland State University.
“After meeting the dean and faculty, I felt it would
be very positive place to work,” she said. “That’s what decided it for
me, the mission and vision of Saint Martin’s - a small school where I
felt I could make a difference.
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