Associate Professor, Chair of the English Education program. B.S., Secondary Language Arts Education, University of Oklahoma; M.S., Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum, emphasis: English Education, University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum, emphasis: English Education, University of Oklahoma.
Professor O'Donnell-Allen teaches courses in literacy, composition, pedagogy, and adolescents' literature. Her research explores the ways in which discursive practices serve as tools for collaborative knowledge construction in learning communities. She has published articles and chapters on adolescents' literary meaning construction in multimedia interpretive texts; the influence of nested contexts on students' engagement with literature; the relationships among gender, language, and power in school; and the role of relational frameworks in collaborative learning. Her current research projects include a three-year longitudinal study on the development of a teacher research group into a discourse community and a study of the ways preservice English teachers voluntarily access and construct narratives in the process of learning to teach.