Professor of Higher Education
335B Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5749
Bio: Elizabeth Allan is professor of higher education at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. Her research focus on campus cultures and climates includes studies on classroom teaching, campus diversity, equity, as well as student hazing and its prevention. She is the author of two books, co-editor of a third, and has authored or co-authored more than 40 research-based articles and book chapters.
Allan’s application of critical and poststructural discourse perspectives to policy is the focus of numerous publications including her 2003 article in the Harvard Educational Review which was awarded the Outstanding Publication Award by the American Educational Research Association’s Division J. Her scholarship has also appeared in the The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, and The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.
Allan was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Student Hazing and is currently directing the national Hazing Prevention Consortium – a research-to-practice initiative designed to contribute to an evidence base for hazing prevention. She has presented research about hazing for the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (July, 2016) and at national conferences, institutes, and workshops. Dr. Allan’s comments and research have informed hundreds of news articles about hazing for numerous outlets including the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education,The New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, PBS, CNN, CBS, and others.
Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership: Higher Education & Women’s Studies Emphasis, 1999, The Ohio State University
Dissertation Topic: Equity Policies in Higher Education
M.S. in Health Education and Promotion, 1988, Springfield College
Thesis: Stress, Health Practices, and Incidence of Illness in College Students
B.S. in Psychology, 1986, Springfield College
Courses taught at UMaine
- HED 610: Case Studies in Student Development in Higher Education
- HED 620: Seminar in Higher Education in the U.S.
- HED 630: History of Higher Education
- HED 650: Social Context of Higher Education
- HED 654: Higher Education Policy and Politics
- HED 676: Doctoral Seminar on Inquiry
- Allan, E. J. & Madden, M. (2012). The nature and extent of college student hazing. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 24(1), 1-8.
- Allan, E. J., Gordon, S., & Iverson, S. (2006). Re/thinking practices of power: The discursive framing of leadership in postsecondary education. The Review of Higher Education, 30(1), 41-68.
- Allan, E. J. & Madden, M. (2006). Chilly classrooms for female undergraduate students at a research university: A question of method? The Journal of Higher Education, 77(4), 684-711.
- Allan, E. J. (2003). Constructing women’s status: Policy discourses of university women’s commissions. Harvard Educational Review, 73(1), 44-72. (Awarded Outstanding Publication by the American Educational Research Association, Division J).