Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen, PhD


Doctor of Education Program


Patrick joined George Fox in 2008 as provost, capping a 35-year career in higher education administration with senior leadership positions at universities in Kansas, Oklahoma, Indiana and California. He joined the EdD program full time in 2013. His PhD is in higher education from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds an MA in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University, an MS in management from Southern Nazarene University, and a BA in psychology from Olivet Nazarene University.

Select Publications

Divinings: Religion at Harvard From Its Origins in New England Ecclesiastical History to the 175th Anniversary by George H. Williams, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. Review in the Journal of Education and Christian Belief 18:2 (2014).

Many Mansions: Lessons of Faith, Family, and Public Service by Kathryn Boyer, Abilene Christian University Press, 2014. Review in the Journal of Education and Christian Belief 18:2 (2014).

The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today’s University by Todd C. Ream & Perry L. Glanzer, Cascade Books, 2013. Review in the Journal of Education and Christian Belief 18:1 (2014).

Faith and Learning: A Guide for Faculty. Co-authored with Ken Badley. Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press, 2014.

“Practical Theology for the Classroom.” Forward in Themes and Values for Teaching, Learning, and Leading. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2012.

The Christian University. In The Global Dictionary of Wesleyan Theology, Alex Truesdale, Editor. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2012.

“Leadership, Communication and Religiosity in Higher Education Administration.” G.L. Forward, Kathleen Czech and Patrick Allen, The Journal of Communication and Religion, Volume 30, Number 1, March 2007.

“Visions of Leadership.” Chapter in The Wise Shepherd, Brad Kelle, Editor. San Diego: Point Loma Press, 2006.

Research Interests

His intellectual interests include the classical literature and philosophy of higher education, educational leadership, spiritual practices that shape academic communities, and organizational development and renewal. A recent book, Faith and Learning: A Faculty Guide (coauthored with George Fox professor Ken Badley) was released by Abilene University Press in August 2014. He has three current writing projects: a two-volume series on spiritual formation, a book on the obligations of leadership, and a book mining the classical literature of higher education, providing guidance for the contemporary Christian college (with Ken Badley).

Doctoral Courses Taught

Patrick teaches courses in higher education management and leadership, organization theory, educational foundations, faith and learning, and the history, philosophy, and classical literature of higher education.

Outside the Classroom

Known for his humor, quick wit, and storytelling, he speaks in churches, chapels, retreats and banquet occasions. In his professional speaking and writing, he often addresses how community can be developed and sustained, and how the traditional values of higher education can be nurtured in a Christian setting. Patrick has traveled extensively, at times leading student trips – having taken over 25 student groups to Europe alone. He plays guitar and was at one time a member of a bluegrass band in San Diego – the Loma Bottom Boys. Patrick and his wife, Lori, reside in Newberg, Oregon, and fellowship among the Quakers.