Allen Named Assistant Dean of Faculty

Yasmine Allen, Instructor and Chair in Spanish, will succeed Nancy Lang ’83 as the Assistant Dean of Faculty for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

As the Assistant Dean of Faculty, Allen will be working with various department chairs to evaluate teaching fellows and encourage curricular and professional development.

“I decided to take [this] new position because I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to work with different constituencies across campus,” wrote Allen in an email to The Phillipian.

“I am looking forward to working with young educators and sharing my expertise in pedagogy and teaching methodologies, but most importantly… learning from them. It is always great to have new perspective on teaching and I think the teaching fellows bring great energy to their departments and to the school as a whole,” she added.

In her new position, Allen will also help coordinate the New Administrator Workshop and the New Faculty Orientation. She will work closely with Emma Frey, Instructor in History, to organize teaching fellow seminars.

“As a new department chair this year, the New Administrators’ Workshop was very helpful in developing skills needed to work with students, colleagues and parents in a way I had not done before. Working with people through an administrative lens has been quite fun and challenging in a good way, and I look forward to the opportunity this new role brings, ” said Allen.

Since arriving at Andover in the fall of 2000, Allen has served as an Instructor in Spanish for 15 years and the Department Chair this past year. She has also been a house counselor in Nathan Hale House for 11 years, an academic advisor and a spinning instructor.

Although Allen will leave her current position as Chair in Spanish, she will continue in all of her other current roles.

“During my six-year tenure [as the Assistant Dean of Faculty], I hope to continue building relationships with various members of the faculty, cultivate a love for teaching and a passion for learning in our teaching fellow program, foster professional growth and development, especially in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion… and continue to recruit a diverse teaching fellow cohort representative of the student body,” said Allen.

Clara Isaza-Bishop, Instructor in Spanish who is currently on sabbatical leave, will succeed Allen as the Chair in Spanish.