J.L. Allen - Faculty Profile


Joe Allen is professor of geology at Concord University where he has taught since 1998. He served as chairman of the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Health from 2002–2014 and was responsible for administration of four academic departments, including biology, physical sciences, health and human performance, and mathematics and computer science. He currently serves as chairman of the Department of Physical Sciences.

Dr. Allen founded Concord's Bachelor of Science degree program in environmental geosciences, which is one of only three geology programs in the state. He has brought more than $1.4 million of external funding and laboratory equipment to Concord to enhance teaching and learning opportunities for students and faculty in the sciences. This includes development of the Concord University microanalysis laboratory; an undergraduate teaching and research facility that houses the only electron microprobe in West Virginia. As an advocate for undergraduate research, he founded the Concord University Faculty-Student Research Program with a grant from the West Virginia Research Trust Fund; the state's "Bucks for Brains" program.

Dr. Allen's research interests are in structural geology, and currently center on understanding the geology and physics of earthquakes preserved in deep fault zones as frictional melts (pseudotachylyte). His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and other sources. Numerous undergraduates have participated in his research program in the field and laboratory, as featured in The Neuron, the West Virginia Journal of Science and Research. His work is regularly presented at national and international scientific conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Concord students have ongoing opportunities to participate in this work in the classroom, at Concord's summer geology field course in the Rockies, and through supervised research opportunities.

Dr. Allen holds a B.S. degree in geological sciences from Michigan State University, an M.S. degree in geology from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Kentucky. He was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.