G. Donald Allen

Professor

Director, Center for Technology-Mediated Instruction in Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3368, USA


Biography

Dr. Allen has been a professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University for more than three decades. He is currently Director of the Center for Technology-Mediated Learning in the Department of Mathematics. His mathematical research has been in the areas of probability, functional analysis, numerical analysis, neutronics, and mathematical modeling. His education research is in technology in survey design and other subjects. Allen has co-developed an online calculus course and online texts in linear algebra and the history of mathematics. In addition, he has co-developed a fully online master's of science degree in mathematics, one of only two nationally, and the only one specifically designed for teachers. For the master's program, he developed more than seven online courses. Recently, Allen co-developed a "course-in-a-box" pre-calculus course by combining content, pedagogy, assessment, videos, animations, and interactivity. He is also active on two NSF funded grants, and State grants. Allen has been working toward understanding concepts from testing unfairness due to random effects, placement of test items, ideas of confusion theory as applied to learning. Indeed, he has applied Maple (a Computer Algebra System) toward a number of research efforts in applied topics including testing simulations, predicting professional sports standings, population analysis, and other activities. Allen is associate editor for the Schools Science and Mathematics Journal and the Focus on Mathematics Pedagogy and Content. Allen, with more than 60 publications, has given nearly 40 professional development workshops and over 150 seminars throughout the North America, Africa, and Europe. In particular, he has participated in numerous professional development workshops primarily for Texas high school teachers, including those in technology, algebra, pre-calculus, and problem solving. He has also developed a number of educational Flash interactive applets for teaching at various levels of mathematics, physics, and statistics.

Research Interest

Mathematical modeling for growth, population, political power, sports modeling, data analysis

Scientific Activities

Recent Grants
1. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Algebra, ~$98,000, 2012-2014. Investigations in Secondary Mathematics and Science. Co-PI with Nite, S. B.
2. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Algebra, ~$98,000, 2012-2014. Investigations in Secondary Mathematics and Science. Co-PI with Nite, S. B., Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Funded $589,000, 2/1/2014 - 4/30/2016
3. Halliburton Corporation, Mathematics All Around Us: Oil and Gas Applications, $27,716, 2011-2012
4. Developmental Education Demonstration Project Evaluation 2011-2012: Co-Pi with Jim Dyer, M. M. Capraro. Awarded April 2011 to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Awarded $399,998, co-Investigator, 6/10/11 – 10/31/12.
5. National Science Foundation (NSF), Preservice Teacher Effectiveness for Algebra I, Gerald Kulm, PI, September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2015, $1,778,741, co-PI.
6. National Science Foundation (NSF), Retention through Remediation in PreCalculus, $1,980,712, STEP Proposal # 0856767, June 15, 2009 - June 14, 2014, PI.
7. West Sabine Independent School District, Mathematical Instructional Coaches Pilot Program (TEA - Texas Education Agency) - West Sabine ISD, $26,125, 4/1/2009-5/31/2011, amended to $28,125 on April 11, 2011, PI.
8. Gladewater Independent School District, Mathematical Instructional Coaches Pilot Program, $42,000, PI.
9. Texas Education Agency (TEA), Professional Development Activities for Teachers and Administrators: Mathematics College and Career Readiness Standards, TEA Funding Source #10450967, TAMU-RF #0902074, $500,000, August 14, 2009 - February 28, 2011.
10. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Design & Pilot of Framework & Tools for CCRS/ Texas Educator Preparation Demonstration Sites, $500,000, September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010 (Proposal 09-1202 "TAMU Educator Preparation Collaborative for Enhancing College and Career Readiness in Texas").
11. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Algebra I-II Focus on Alignment, Total Award Amt: $190,000, May 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011, supplement of $28,900 awarded on 5/4/2010. Total $218,900. PI
12. Texas Education Agency via El Paso Independent School District, Math Coachers Service provider contract, $56,600, November 25, 2008- May 31, 2010, PI.
13. NSF: "Continuing GK-12 Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools," PI and Co-PIs: Larry Johnson, James Kracht, W. R. Klemm, G. Donald Allen, Rajesh Miranda, and James Lindner. $1,547,601, Award No. DGE-0638738, Proposal No. DGE-0638738, February 1 , 2007 and expires January 31, 2010.
14. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant - Algebra I, TAMU Account 02-421104 $84,990, May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009, PI.
15. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant - Algebra I, TAMU Account 02-421104 $76,000, May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009, PI.
16. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant - Algebra II, TAMU Account 02-421104 $77,000, May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009, PI.
17. THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board): "Course Redesign for Math 1324," PI and director: G. Donald Allen, $349,827, July 20, 2007 - August 31, 2009, TAMRF #0701594.
18. THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board): "Course Redesign for Math 1324," PI and director: G. Donald Allen, $349,827, July 20, 2007 - August 31, 2009, TAMRF #0701594.
19. National Science Foundation Award No. DUE-0336591 Title: "Retention Through an Applied Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics (PEM) Model" Award Amount: $1,999,999.00 PI and Current Co-PI's: Drs. Jo W. Howze, Arun R. Srinivasa, Michael S. Pilant, Timothy P. Scott, and William H. Bassichis Funding Period: 9/15/2003 - 8/31/2008, co-PI.
20. National Science Foundation, ITEST grant, National Middles School Aerospace Scholars. (NaMAS), evaluator. Sharon Sledge, PI, Award No. ESI-0422698, $1,193,506, January 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008, evaluator.
21. Texas Education Agency (TEA), Math Coaches Program, Approved Service Provider for the Mathematics Instructional Coaches Pilot Program, in response to RFP 701-08-021 / RFP 701-08-040, 2008-09.
22. THECB: "High-Quality Algebra II Instruction," $88,197, June 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008.
23. TEA, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, Department of Education through the Texas Education Agency, with Covington ISD, $200,000, June 1, 2006 - May 31, 2008.
24. MTA/MTC - Math TEKS Awareness, Texas Education Agency through the TAMU College of Education, Sept 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007, co-Investigator, (three months salary), co-Investigator.
25. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant, Algebra II, TAMU Account 02-421104 $84,990, May 1, 2006 - May 31, 2007.
26. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006 - Grant#056944087110059), Improving Student Achievement through Professional Development, $143,839, August 15, 2005- September 30, 2006, PI's G. Donald Allen, Cathy Ezrailson.
27. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006) - Snook, $100,500, August 31, 2005, September 30, 2006.
28. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006) - Pasadena, TOOLS - The Teaching of Ongoing Learning Strategies, $150,000, August 31, 2005, September 30, 2006, co-PI.
29. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006) - Mathis ISD, $150,000, August 31, 2005, September 30, 2006, co-PI.
30. P-16 Educational Improvement Consortium (PEIC) program, a Texas Education Agency funded program administered through the College of Education and the Department of Teaching Learning and Culture. TAMU, $12,388, July 1-July 31, 2005.
31. Office of Distance Education, TAMU, The Computational Masters Degree, July 20, 2005 - July 19, 2007, $150,000.
32. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Assuring excellence in algebra II instruction," June 1, 2005 - August 31, 2006, co-PI's G. Donald Allen, $81,687.
33. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Assuring excellence in middle school mathematics instruction," June 1, 2005 - August 31, 2006, co-PI's G. Donald Allen, and Dianne Goldsby, $81,500.
34. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Assuring excellence in pre-calculus instruction," August 1, 2004 - January 31, 2006, co-PI's G. Donald Allen and Dianne Goldsby, $79,993.
35. Star Schools Project - Math Star Extension Grant to Los Angeles County Office of Education, US Department of Education, 84-203F, Donald Lake and Edna Murphy, co-directors, $9.221m, June 15, 2004 - June 15, 2007; portion funding to Texas A&M with collaborators G. Donald Allen and Deborah Jolly, $154,000.
36. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Pre-Calculus," March 12, 2004 - July 31, 2005, co-PI's G. Donald Allen and Sharon Sledge, $80,000.
37. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type A, "Pre-Calculus - Practices of Good Teaching through Content, Technology, and Interaction," January 9, 2004 - January 31, 2005, PI's G. Donald Allen and Michael Pilant, $295,391.
38. NSF: "Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools," PI and Co-PIs: Larry Johnson, James Kracht, W. R. Klemm, Vincent Cassone, Rajesh Miranda, and James Lindner. $1,210,000, January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2006. (I am co-Investigator on this award.)
39. Collaborative Research Grants: Project Year 5, Online assessment for teachers, Texas A&M University System, $18,630, 2003-2004, co-PIs, G. Donald Allen and Dianne Goldsby.
40. Quality Enhancement Program, Making assessment a part of the curriculum, Texas A&M University, $6,500. 2003-04.
41. Regents' Initiative for Excellence in Education. Collaborative Research project. "Group Perceptions of Pre-service and In-service Teachers, College/University Faculty and Administrators on Math/Science Teacher Preparation", with Larry Kelly, Dianne Goldsby, and Dawn Parker, 2003-04, $8,000.
42. Math/Physics Modeling Team Project. Funded through the Information Technology Center. January 10, 2001 - December 31, 2002, $80,000. (Joint with Raytcho Lazarov and Joseph Pasciak.)
43. Texas A&M University, "Advanced Technology Mediated Instructional Laboratory", January 1, 2001, $20,000, with Michael Pilant.
44. Texas A&M University, "Masters in Mathematics Education Using Distance Learning Protocols", September 1, 1999, to August 31, 2001, $150,000.
45. Texas A&M University System, Regents' Initiative for Excellence in Education. Collaborative Research project. "Group Perceptions of Pre-service and In-service Teachers, College/University Faculty and Administrators on Math/Science Teacher Preparation", with Larry Kelly, Dianne Goldsby, and Dawn Parker, 2003, $8,000.
46. Texas A&M University, "Advanced Technology Mediated Instructional Laboratory", January 1, 2001, $20,000, with Michael Pilant. National Science Foundation: "Workshop on the efficacy of Maple in the Classroom", part of a contract with SRI, $135,000, April 1998. (Joint with David Sanchez, Math)
47. Electronic and Learning Incentives Program, sponsored by the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies, TAMU. $5,000. July 1, 1997-Dec 31, 1997.
48. National Science Foundation: "Novel Methods for the solution of the transport equation", September 1, 1994, to August 31, 1998, $315,000. CCR-9302782 (joint with Paul Nelson and Marvin Adams)
49. Electronic and Learning Incentives Program, sponsored by the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies, TAMU. $5,000. July 1, 1997-Dec 31, 1997.
50. National Science Foundation, Second Texas-Mexico Workshop on Numerical Particle Transport, 1992, $7,000, with Paul Nelson.
51. Development of Numerical Techniques to Measure Migration of Radionuclides Through Porous Materials. Cray Research, Inc, 1992-1993.
52. Texas Advanced Research Program, Studies of the Transport Equation: An International Effort, $58,609, 1990-1992.
53. National Science Foundation: "Third Texas-Mexico Workshop on Numerical Particle Transport", May 1, 1995, to April 30, 1996, $7,943.
54. DOD/D of AF/AFSC, System Impact of Hit Assessment for NPB (Neutral Particle Beam) Discrimination, $50,000, 1990-1991.

Publications

RECENT GRANTS
1. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Algebra, ~$98,000, 2012-2014. Investigations in Secondary Mathematics and Science. Co-PI with Nite, S. B.
2. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Algebra, ~$98,000, 2012-2014. Investigations in Secondary Mathematics and Science. Co-PI with Nite, S. B., Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Funded $589,000, 2/1/2014 - 4/30/2016
3. Halliburton Corporation, Mathematics All Around Us: Oil and Gas Applications, $27,716, 2011-2012
4. Developmental Education Demonstration Project Evaluation 2011-2012: Co-Pi with Jim Dyer, M. M. Capraro. Awarded April, 2011 to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Awarded $399,998, co-Investigator, 6/10/11 – 10/31/12.
5. National Science Foundation (NSF), Preservice Teacher Effectiveness for Algebra I, Gerald Kulm, PI, September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2015, $1,778,741, co-PI.
6. National Science Foundation (NSF), Retention through Remediation in PreCalculus, $1,980,712, STEP Proposal # 0856767, June 15, 2009 - June 14, 2014, PI.
7. West Sabine Independent School District, Mathematical Instructional Coaches Pilot Program (TEA - Texas Education Agency) - West Sabine ISD, $26,125, 4/1/2009-5/31/2011, amended to $28,125 on April 11, 2011, PI.
8. Gladewater Independent School District, Mathematical Instructional Coaches Pilot Program, $42,000, PI.
9. Texas Education Agency (TEA), Professional Development Activities for Teachers and Administrators: Mathematics College and Career Readiness Standards, TEA Funding Source #10450967, TAMU-RF #0902074, $500,000, August 14, 2009 - February 28, 2011.
10. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Design & Pilot of Framework & Tools for CCRS/ Texas Educator Preparation Demonstration Sites, $500,000, September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010 (Proposal 09-1202 "TAMU Educator Preparation Collaborative for Enhancing College and Career Readiness in Texas").
11. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Algebra I-II Focus on Alignment, Total Award Amt: $190,000, May 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011, supplement of $28,900 awarded on 5/4/2010. Total $218,900. PI
12. Texas Education Agency via El Paso Independent School District, Math Coachers Service provider contract, $56,600, November 25, 2008- May 31, 2010, PI.
13. NSF: "Continuing GK-12 Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools," PI and Co-PIs: Larry Johnson, James Kracht, W. R. Klemm, G. Donald Allen, Rajesh Miranda, and James Lindner. $1,547,601, Award No. DGE-0638738, Proposal No. DGE-0638738, February 1 , 2007 and expires January 31, 2010.
14. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant - Algebra I, TAMU Account 02-421104 $84,990, May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009, PI.
15. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant - Algebra I, TAMU Account 02-421104 $76,000, May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009, PI.
16. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant - Algebra II, TAMU Account 02-421104 $77,000, May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009, PI.
17. THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board): "Course Redesign for Math 1324," PI and director: G. Donald Allen, $349,827, July 20, 2007 - August 31, 2009, TAMRF #0701594.
18. THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board): "Course Redesign for Math 1324," PI and director: G. Donald Allen, $349,827, July 20, 2007 - August 31, 2009, TAMRF #0701594.
19. National Science Foundation Award No. DUE-0336591 Title: "Retention Through an Applied Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics (PEM) Model" Award Amount: $1,999,999.00 PI and Current Co-PI's: Drs. Jo W. Howze, Arun R. Srinivasa, Michael S. Pilant, Timothy P. Scott, and William H. Bassichis Funding Period: 9/15/2003 - 8/31/2008, co-PI.
20. National Science Foundation, ITEST grant, National Middles School Aerospace Scholars. (NaMAS), evaluator. Sharon Sledge, PI, Award No. ESI-0422698, $1,193,506, January 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008, evaluator.
21. Texas Education Agency (TEA), Math Coaches Program, Approved Service Provider for the Mathematics Instructional Coaches Pilot Program, in response to RFP 701-08-021 / RFP 701-08-040, 2008-09.
22. THECB: "High Quality Algebra II Instruction," $88,197, June 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008.
23. TEA, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, Department of Education through the Texas Education Agency, with Covington ISD, $200,000, June 1, 2006 - May 31, 2008.
24. MTA/MTC - Math TEKS Awareness, Texas Education Agency through the TAMU College of Education, Sept 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007, co-Investigator, (three months salary), co-Investigator.
25. THECB/Dana Center, Teacher Quality Grant, Algebra II, TAMU Account 02-421104 $84,990, May 1, 2006 - May 31, 2007.
26. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006 - Grant#056944087110059), Improving student Achievement through Professional Development, $143,839, August 15, 2005- September 30, 2006, PI's G. Donald Allen, Cathy Ezrailson.
27. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006) - Snook, $100,500, August 31, 2005, September 30, 2006.
28. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006) - Pasadena, TOOLS - The Teaching of Ongoing Learning Strategies, $150,000, August 31, 2005, September 30, 2006, co-PI.
29. Texas Education Agency (TEA RFP 701-05-006) - Mathis ISD, $150,000, August 31, 2005, September 30, 2006, co-PI.
30. P-16 Educational Improvement Consortium (PEIC) program, a Texas Education Agency funded program administered through the College of Education and the Department of Teaching Learning and Culture. TAMU, $12,388, July 1-July 31, 2005.
31. Office of Distance Education, TAMU, The Computational Masters Degree, July 20, 2005 - July 19, 2007, $150,000.
32. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Assuring excellence in algebra II instruction," June 1, 2005 - August 31, 2006, co-PI's G. Donald Allen, $81,687.
33. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Assuring excellence in middle school mathematics instruction," June 1, 2005 - August 31, 2006, co-PI's G. Donald Allen, and Dianne Goldsby, $81,500.
34. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Assuring excellence in pre-calculus instruction," August 1, 2004 - January 31, 2006, co-PI's G. Donald Allen and Dianne Goldsby, $79,993.
35. Star Schools Project - Math Star Extension Grant to Los Angeles County Office of Education, US Department of Education, 84-203F, Donald Lake and Edna Murphy, co-directors, $9.221m, June 15, 2004 - June 15, 2007; portion funding to Texas A&M with collaborators G. Donald Allen and Deborah Jolly, $154,000.
36. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type B, "Pre-Calculus," March 12, 2004 - July 31, 2005, co-PI's G. Donald Allen and Sharon Sledge, $80,000.
37. Texas Higher Education Teacher Quality Grant -Type A, "Pre-Calculus - Practices of Good Teaching through Content, Technology, and Interaction," January 9, 2004 - January 31, 2005, PI's G. Donald Allen and Michael Pilant, $295,391.
38. NSF: "Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools," PI and Co-PIs: Larry Johnson, James Kracht, W. R. Klemm, Vincent Cassone, Rajesh Miranda, and James Lindner. $1,210,000, January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2006. (I am co-Investigator on this award.)
39. Collaborative Research Grants: Project Year 5, Online assessment for teachers, Texas A&M University System, $18,630, 2003-2004, co-PIs, G. Donald Allen and Dianne Goldsby.
40. Quality Enhancement Program, Making assessment a part of the curriculum, Texas A&M University, $6,500. 2003-04.
41. Regents' Initiative for Excellence in Education. Collaborative Research project. "Group Perceptions of Pre-service and In-service Teachers, College/University Faculty and Administrators on Math/Science Teacher Preparation", with Larry Kelly, Dianne Goldsby, and Dawn Parker, 2003-04, $8,000.
42. Math/Physics Modeling Team Project. Funded through the Information Technology Center. January 10, 2001 - December 31, 2002, $80,000. (Joint with Raytcho Lazarov and Joseph Pasciak.)
43. Texas A&M University, "Advanced Technology Mediated Instructional Laboratory", January 1, 2001, $20,000, with Michael Pilant.
44. Texas A&M University, "Masters in Mathematics Education Using Distance Learning Protocols", September 1, 1999 to August 31, 2001, $150,000.
45. Texas A&M University System, Regents' Initiative for Excellence in Education. Collaborative Research project. "Group Perceptions of Pre-service and In-service Teachers, College/University Faculty and Administrators on Math/Science Teacher Preparation", with Larry Kelly, Dianne Goldsby, and Dawn Parker, 2003, $8,000.
46. Texas A&M University, "Advanced Technology Mediated Instructional Laboratory", January 1, 2001, $20,000, with Michael Pilant. National Science Foundation: "Workshop on the efficacy of Maple in the Classroom", part of a contract with SRI, $135,000, April, 1998. (Joint with David Sanchez, Math)
47. Electronic and Learning Incentives Program, sponsored by the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies, TAMU. $5,000. July 1, 1997-Dec 31, 1997.
48. National Science Foundation: "Novel Methods for the solution of the transport equation", September 1, 1994 to August 31, 1998, $315,000. CCR-9302782 (joint with Paul Nelson and Marvin Adams)
49. Electronic and Learning Incentives Program, sponsored by the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies, TAMU. $5,000. July 1, 1997-Dec 31, 1997.
50. National Science Foundation, Second Texas-Mexico Workshop on Numerical Particle Transport, 1992, $7,000, with Paul Nelson.
51. Development of Numerical Techniques to Measure Migration of Radionuclides Through Porous Materials. Cray Research, Inc, 1992-1993.
52. Texas Advanced Research Program, Studies of the Transport Equation: An International Effort, $58,609, 1990-1992.
53. National Science Foundation: "Third Texas-Mexico Workshop on Numerical Particle Transport", May 1, 1995, to April 30, 1996, $7,943.
54. DOD/D of AF/AFSC, System Impact of Hit Assessment for NPB (Neutral Particle Beam) Discrimination, $50,000, 1990-1991.

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