Sara Johnson Allen's academic interests include the creative process, fostering creativity in the classroom, creative expression in digital forms, the use of digital portfolios for student self-expression and professional development.
She engages in research on the role communities and physical space play in the creative process and using service learning in the classroom to foster personal growth and civic engagement.
She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College in 2005.
Awards and Accomplishments
12/15 - Invited to present on community engagement and teaching at Mount Ida College in Chestnut Hill.
6/15 - Co-founded L'atelier Writers Retreat and Workshop, which will host its second annual community of writers in Villeferry, France in June 2016. (www.latelierwriters.org)
5/15 - Presented Community Engaged Learning: Real Challenges, Authentic Solutions at the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, GA.
5/15 - Presented Design Thinking, Learning Labs, and Boosting Engagement in the classroom as part of the Future Technology Scholars program at Endicott College.
11/14 - Presented Digital Portfolios: Tools for student self expression and effective instruction at the New England Faculty Development Consortium conference.
9/14 - Selected as one of two faculty members for the first cohort in the Future Technology Scholar Program at Endicott College.
8/13 - Invited to serve on a committee to consult the president of the college on the role technology will play in higher education.
6/13 - Service learning research done in partnership with Dr. Nathalie Saltikoff was presented at the New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference in a workshop titled Service Learning Across Disciplines.
11/13 - Service learning research done in partnership with Dr. Nathalie Saltikoff was presented at the 2013 Assessment Institute (sponsored by Indiana University in Indianapolis).
3/13 - Presented Same Client, Different Projects: Collaborative Learning through Community Service at Center for Teaching Excellence workshop at Endicott College.
8/05 - Attended Bread Loaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College.
4/05 - Tonight in San Pedro awarded honorable mention in Emerson College's annual graduate student writing awards.
1/05 - Writer-In-Residence, The Writers Room, Boston.
5/04 - The Absence of Light was one of two submissions by Emerson College to Best New American Voices 2006 (Harcourt).
5/04 - The Absence of Light awarded runner-up in Emerson College's annual graduate student writing awards.
4/04 - The Absence of Light selected for Emerson College's Graduate Literary Forum.
5/03 - San Pedro awarded first place in 2003 Best New Talent Contest for Byline Magazine.
3/02 - Received Honorable Mention in the 2002 John Gardner Memorial Short Fiction Contest for Regeneration.
Creative Portfolio Development
Campaign Planning and Client Services
Media and Culture II