Taryn Ozuna Allen, Ph.D.

Taryn Ozuna Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Program Area: Educational Leadership

817-257-6775  |  t.o.allen@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen is an associate professor in higher education leadership in the College of Education. Her research interests focus on the educational experiences of traditionally under-represented students, particularly Latino students, as they access, transition and enroll in higher education. She employs qualitative approaches to explore the roles of individuals and experiences that facilitate college readiness and support college transitions. Her current research projects focus on the influence of dual credit in Latino students’ college experiences. She has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and the Journal of Latinos and Education, among others.

Dr. Allen earned her B.A. in General Family and Consumer Sciences and M.Ed. degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in Mexican American Studies. She is affiliated with Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Prior to joining the faculty at TCU, Dr. Allen served as assistant professor in the Department of K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She taught master’s and doctoral courses on diversity and inclusion, leadership and organizational theory, student affairs practice and qualitative research methods. During her time at UTA, she was awarded a three-year faculty fellowship by the Greater Texas Foundation to examine the role of dual credit on Latino engineering students’ college experiences. In 2018, she received the Early Career Research Award by the College of Education.


Ph.D. Higher Education Administration
The University of Texas at Austin

M.S.Ed Student Services Administration
Baylor University

B.A., General Family and Consumer Sciences
Baylor University

Academic Areas

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Research Areas

  • Experiences of students and families with college readiness programs and policies
  • Underrepresented students’ college transitions and success
  • Leadership in Minority-Serving Institutions