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Community Engaged Learning staff are available to meet with faculty and students either in-person or virtually. Click on a staff member's name to get their email address. 

Meet the CEL Staff


Mallary Allen, PhD, Director 

Mallary joined the CEL team in September of 2023. She grew up in Des Moines and attended Roosevelt High School. She earned her PhD in Sociology from Southern Illinois University in 2013 and taught at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. As a faculty member, she co-directed a Social Activism minor and enjoyed leading experiential learning projects at home and abroad. In 2020, Mallary returned to Iowa to be near family and began work in research and consulting. When she is not spending time with her two teenagers, her partner, and her extended family in Ames, Mallary enjoys writing, gardening, and art projects of all kinds.

Mallary provides strategic oversight of the Office of Community Engaged Learning and facilitates faculty development in community engaged learning. 



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