PEN Faculty

Dr. Thomas Allen

Dr. Thomas Allen is Co-founder, Program Director and Program Professor in the PEN Program.

He is the NSF-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center called Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Center Co-Principal Investigator, and also directs the Early Education Literacy Lab (EL2).

Dr. Allen holds a faculty appointment in the Gallaudet Department of Education, where he teaches courses in statistics and research design.  He directs the Early Education Literacy Lab, one of three national resource hubs for VL2 focusing on research among young deaf children conducted in authentic settings.

Previously, Dr. Allen served as Dean of the Graduate School at Gallaudet. Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Allen was the Director of the Gallaudet Research Institute, where he conducted or supervised many large-scale statistical studies of the deaf population in the United States. These included an annual survey of deaf and hard of hearing children and youth and two national efforts to develop norms for standardized achievement tests for the population of deaf and hard of hearing students. He designed and conducted studies of national patterns of classroom communication strategies for deaf and hard of hearing students, and a longitudinal study of school to work transition for students who are deaf.

As the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Allen implemented Ph.D. programs in Linguistics and Audiology, an Au.D. professional doctorate in Audiology, a Masters of Arts in Teaching that focuses on preparing teachers to work in bilingual ASL-English environments, a Master of Arts degree in International Development, and a Master of Arts degree in Deaf Studies.