Dr. Antija Allen, Instructor Natural and Behavioral Sciences, 2019-2021 Faculty Fellow

Dr. Antija Allen
Dr. Antija Allen, Instructor Natural and Behavioral Sciences, 2019-2021 Faculty Fellow

Dr. Antija Allen will be beginning her 3rd year at Pellissippi. She is an Instructor of Psychology teaching Introduction to Psychology and Life Span Development both face to face and online. She is actively involved in the Pellissippi community, which includes being a member of the Online Leadership Team. Off-campus, she is the Personal & Professional Development Chair of the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals where she works side by side with KAUL’s Workforce Development team to coordinate and conduct free workshops for members of the Knoxville community. These workshops are developed utilizing the skills she has gained through her many years of experience in teaching, training, staff development, and instructional design.

Antija’s Faculty Fellow Project Overview

High Impact Practice: First-Year Experience

What if all students entering Pellissippi didn’t have to worry about how they would purchase textbooks? How would completely eliminating that financial burden impact their first-year experience and overall success? Dr. Allen’s project hopes to answer these questions by collaborating with faculty and staff to implement Open Education Resources (OER), which is directly aligned with the mission of the OER Achieving the Dream Degree Initiative. Open Education Resources provide faculty with the power to help students by eliminating the financial and academic barrier of not having access to required course materials. Once implemented, the positive impact on a student’s class performance could be immediate. Also, the funds students would have normally spent on textbooks could be allocated to other necessities, which some students have reported sacrificing in order to buy a textbook.

For more information about Antija’s project, please contact her at: aallen2@pstcc.edu or 865-971-5210.