Geneva College



Todd Allen

Todd AllenOffice Phone: 724-847-6783

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Communications

Degrees Received

  • B.A. Communications, 1991, Geneva College
  • M.A. Communications, 1995, University of Akron
  • Ph.D., Communications and Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University

Courses Taught

  • COM 101 - Principles of Speech
  • COM 215 - Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 220 - Group Dynamics
  • COM 225 - Culture & Communication
  • COM 315 - Communication Process
  • COM 400 - The Communications Professional
  • HMN  491 - Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement


  • Book Chapter: "What Do These Stones Mean? Faith, Remembrance, and the Civil Rights Movement" in the book Black Christian Scholars and the Future of Black America by Anthony Bradley, Ed. (in progress)
  • “My Sister, My Brother: A Discussion of Race Relations on Christian College Campuses” (Video/Study Guide), Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana, 1998
  • Book Review: We Have No Leaders: African Americans in the Post Civil Rights Era by Robert C. Smith. In “Journal of Rhetoric and Public Affairs” 2:4 (Winter 1999) pp. 686-689.

Current Projects

  • Director of The Common Ground project, a small, community based non-profit that hosts an annual Civil Rights Movement bus tour.

Awards & Distinctions Received

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Slaves Narratives Seminar, Yale University, 2010
  • The New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Men of Excellence Award, 2009
  • NEH Fellowship, African American Civil Rights Struggles in the Twentieth Century, Harvard University, 2008
  • Network Exchange Program Grant, Lilly Fellows Program, 2007
  • Minority Opinion Magazine, Minority Achiever Award, 2007
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Geneva College, 2006
  • 40 under 40, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2005
  • Racial Justice Award, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, 2005
  • Civil Rights Humanitarian Award, Dr, Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, 2004
  • Peace Award, Beaver County Peace Links, 2003

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations, etc.

  • Pennsylvania School Board Association
  • National School Board Association
  • National Communication Association
  • Eastern Communication Association

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

  • Golf - Recorded a hole-in-one at Stonecrest Golf Course
  • Fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Collecting sports memorabilia
  • Collecting memorabilia related to the African American experience, with particular emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement period of the 1950s-60s.


Point of Excellence

Geneva has earned the approval of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) for its fundraising and financial practices.

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Upcoming Events
2014 One Acts –“Comic Relief”
The collection of five student-driven plays runs from April 24-26.
“How Then Shall We Sing? An evening of Psalms” at the College Hill RP Church
New Song and The Grace Notes will perform Psalms in a variety of styles on Wed., Apr. 30 at 7 p.m.
Representatives will be in Cranberry on April 29
Information about a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, which are offered through seven institutions including Geneva, will be presented.
Advance your degree through May@Geneva
Running May 12 through June 6, May term offers key courses as well as electives and travel options.
Geneva to host National Day of Prayer breakfast
Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to campus for prayer and breakfast on Thu., May 1 at 7:30 a.m.