Allen received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977 and his M.S. in Adult Education from USM in 1999. At USM, his interest was the study of barriers adult learners face in their education. Allen currently teaches "Marketing Training and Adult Education" (HRD 601) and "The Heart of Teaching" (HRD 639). Allen served in various senior management positions in banking from California to Boston from 1981 to 1993. He was President of the Metropolitan Banking Group at Neworld Bank in Boston from 1990-1993. Between 1994 and 1996 he served as president and CEO of HGC Communications in Massachusetts. In 1996, Allen started a career in adult education at Wells-Ogunquit Adult Education. He was hired at Portland Adult Education in 1997 and worked there until June 2011 when he accepted the position as Director of Sanford Community and Adult Education.
Allen collaborates with his friend and colleague Mike Brady in their modest enterprise, New Teacher Concepts, which helps adult education programs with new and inexperienced teachers. Allen has conducted teaching workshops and seminars at Georgia’s Department of Education Teacher’s Academy and adult education programs and conferences in Maine, New York, and Connecticut. He has co-authored Understanding What You Read, The New Teacher of Adults, and been published in Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning.