Allen is the director of
the Social Work program at Central State University and is
an experienced and highly regarded professor, researcher,
author and administrator known throughout the social work
community regionally and internationally for her leadership.
Allen served 35 years as a
clinical social worker in various positions while
concurrently working as a social work educator in Ohio,
Michigan and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Allen successfully gained
national accreditation for CSU’s Social Work program within
four years of her employment, garnering full accreditation
in 2017 with the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) for
the first time in university history. CSWE accreditation
provides Central State social work students many workforce
opportunities that they did not previously have. Now Social
Work students can also meet the admissions criteria to enter
an advanced standing master’s degree program and finish in
one year rather than two.
They are eligible to apply
for inclusion in the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services Child Welfare Training Program, which provides
students the opportunity to receive up to a $10,000 stipend
during their bachelor degree studies.
Graduating from an
accredited program lends credibility for internships,
fulltime employment and other accredited social work
programs in Ohio, the American Association of Social Work
Boards and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Family
Allen earned her
undergraduate degree in sociology/psychology from CSU in
1979; her masters in social work from the University of
Cincinnati and her PhD in social work from The Ohio State
Prior to coming back to
CSU in 2013, she was an assistant professor at Youngstown
State; before that, an instructor at Wayne State University
in Detroit. She has also had stints as an instructor or
assistant professor at Addis Ababa University in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, Cleveland state University, University of
Detroit Mercy, Wright State University, Bowling green
University and the University of Kentucky.
Central State’s history
begins with its parent institution, Wilberforce University,
named in hono of the abolitionist, Wilbur Wilberforce.
Established at Tawawa Springs, Ohio in 1856, it is
affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and
is one of the oldest black-administered institutions of
higher education in the nation.
In 1867, the Ohio General
Assembly enacted legislation that created a Combined Normal
and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University; in 1941
the department expanded from a two to a four-year program
and in 1947, legally split from Wilberforce, becoming the
College of Education and Industrial Arts to Wilberforce. The
name was changed to Central State College in 1951 and in
1965 achieved university status.
Charlla Allen, PhD, a graduate of Toledo’s Notre Dame
Academy, is the daughter of Charles W. and Elinor Allen,