Casey D. Allen

Casey D. Allen

Trained as a Geographer and Educator, Dr. Casey D. Allen has always been a proponent for involving students in fieldwork. An award-winning scholar and educator, he has been conducting field-based activities since his undergraduate years in the early 1990s. His first job out of college took him to Chile and Peru where he worked as a survey engineer for a mining exploration company. After deciding to turn his focus to teaching, he earned a degree in Secondary Science Education (Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah) before then becoming a professional Academic Advisor and adjunct faculty member at his alma mater (BS Geography), Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Moving on, he took a faculty position at St. George’s University (Grenada, West Indies) as the Coordinator of their combined (B.Sc/MD) program before completing his PhD in Geography at Arizona State University in spring 2008. While at ASU, Dr. Allen was a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow and the Associate Director for the Master of Advanced Study in Geographic Education program. Since gaining his current post at University of Colorado Denver in fall 2008, his research has focused on field experiences as tools to help people learn complex knowledge and processes better than sitting in classrooms memorizing and regurgitating. The mediums of rock decay (weathering) and environmental perception lie at the center of engagement in his learning landscape. Dr. Allen also administers two international field study programs annually: Sustainability in the Caribbean which takes place on the Island of Grenada, and his popular Geography by Rail®. Follow him on Twitter: @caseallen.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Colorado, Denver, USA