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Citadel News Service
29 May 2008

David Allen appointed to lead English department


David G. Allen

David G. Allen, professor of English, has been named the new head of The Citadel’s Department of English. He replaces James Leonard who has led the department since 1998.

Leonard began his career at The Citadel as an assistant professor in 1983. He was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and received full professor status in 1993. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Tennessee, Leonard is past director of the graduate program in English and a member of several campus committees, including the Academic Board, the Merit Evaluation Committee and Faculty Evaluation Committee.

Leonard will take a year-long administrative sabbatical to work on research projects on American writers Mark Twain and Wallace Stevens. He will return to teaching English in the fall of 2009.

Allen came to The Citadel in 1982 as an assistant professor of English. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and full professor in 1992. He is a graduate of Duke University and Assumption College. He teaches composition, British literature, modern English grammar and the history of the English language.

The author of many publications, Allen was co-director of the graduate program in English and was co-founder of Communications Across the Curriculum at The Citadel. Allen has worked on the reaffirmation of The Citadel’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and, most recently, on the recertification of the college’s intercollegiate athletics program by the NCAA.

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