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 MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in 2005.
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 œCommunity Engaged Learning: Real Challenges, Authentic Solutions at the Teaching
Professor Conference in Atlanta, GA.
5/15 Presented œDesign Thinking, Learning Labs, and Boosting Engagement in the classroom as part of the
Future Technology Scholars program at Endicott College.
11/14 Presented œDigital 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
8/13 Invited to serve on a committee to consult the president of the college on the role technology will play in
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 œService 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 œSame 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 œTonight in San Pedro awarded honorable mention in Emerson College™s annual graduate student writing
1/05 Writer-In-Residence, The Writers™ Room, Boston.
5/04 œThe Absence of Light was one of two submissions by Emerson College to œBest New American Voices
5/04 œThe Absence of Light awarded runner-up in Emerson College™s annual graduate student writing awards.
4/04 œThe Absence of Light selected for Emerson College™s Graduate Literary Forum.
5/03 œSan 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
Creative Portfolio Development, Campaign Planning and Client Services, Advertising Fundamentals, Promotional Writing, Media and Culture II