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

The Department of Engineering has had 100% job placement for graduates in the past 10 years.

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Upcoming Events
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Metheny Fieldhouse 10:10 a.m.

The Geneva Reading Series

McCartney Library 7:00 p.m.

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.
Celebration Weekend for the classes of ’54 and ’64
Special events for 50- and 60-year alumni are planned to coincide with Commencement.
Geneva Reading Series IV: "A New, New Hope"
The final event in the series for the 2013-14 academic year will be on Apr. 23 at 7 p.m.
Symphonic Band to present Spring Concert
The 68-member ensemble will perform on Apr. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Justin McElhattan named 2014 Serving Leader
The award will be presented at the MSOL Serving Leaders Conference on Apr. 10.