Alongside colleagues from CUNY and SUNY, Professor of Political Science Dr. Marcus D. Allen contributed to the Gotham Thought Leaders Series webinar entitled The New Normal for Higher Education: COVID-19 & Beyond. Moderated by Manhattan Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, the panel covered the experiences and implications of virtual learning, teaching, counseling, and supervising on students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Speakers also addressed how the sudden transition to virtual learning has influenced access, equity, inclusion, student learning and achievement, and career advancement. Panelists shared their insights on how they expect shrinking budgets to affect institutions of higher education, their workforce, and the students they serve. Finally, the participants reflected on both the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its impact on their teaching and research.
Dr. Allen joined the faculty of Guttman Community College in 2013, rising to Full Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies in August 2016. He served as the Urban Studies Program Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, administering program operations and representing the program’s interests to internal and external partners. Since 2015, Dr. Allen has been the committed Program Director of Guttman’s United Men of Color (UMOC), part of the CUNY Black Male Initiative funded by the New York City Council.
Prior to Guttman, Dr. Allen was the Program Coordinator of both the African, African American, Diaspora Studies Program and the South Africa and Botswana Study Abroad Program at Wheaton College. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Race and Policy, Journal of Black Studies, and The American Review of Politics, among others, and he has presented at numerous conferences in his areas of expertise. Dr. Allen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree as a double-major in Political Science and Philosophy, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Binghamton University, State University of New York.