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May 2008

Release Date: May 22, 2008

Allen Named Associate VP for Student Affairs at ASU

Dr. Nancy G. Allen, head of the ASU English Department since 2003 and a member of the ASU faculty since 1984, has been appointed interim associate vice president for academic and student affairs.

ASU Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Donald V. Coers announced the two-year interim appointment. Allen succeeds Dr. Richard A. Beck, who has been named vice president for academic affairs at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla.

“Dr. Allen’s experience, both as a teacher and an administrator, plus her strong communication skills make her an ideal appointment for this position,” Coers said. “I am particularly grateful to her for agreeing to take on this position.”

Her areas of administrative oversight will include enrollment management, center for academic excellence, developmental education, first-year experience, student services, student involvement, student government, continuing studies and distance education.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Coers and am excited by the new challenges of this interim position,” Allen said.

In addition to her classroom experience teaching courses ranging from developmental writing and reading to advanced English grammar and teaching college composition at the graduate level, Allen has served on various university committees, including the Presidential Search Committee, Facilities Master Plan Committee, First-Year Experience Committee, University Curriculum Committee and Admissions Committee, among others.

Prior to coming to ASU she taught at Texas Tech for seven years and before that for eight years in middle and high schools in Texas and Virginia. She is author of “The Writer’s Handbook: A Short Guide to Effective Writing” in 1996 and a revised edition, “Writing Basics: A concise Guide for Writers,” in 1995.

Allen received both her doctorate and master’s degrees in English from Texas Tech University. She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Texas at El Paso.