Cindy O’Donnell-Allen is a full professor in the English Department at Colorado State University, where she directs the CSU Writing Project. She was a secondary English teacher in Oklahoma for 11 years and became a member of the Oklahoma Writing Project in 1991. She serves on the National Writing Project Board of Directors. She co-chaired the NWP Teacher Inquiry Communities Network for several years.
O’Donnell-Allen is the author of numerous articles and two books, Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World and The Book Companion: Fostering Strategic Readers in the Secondary Classroom. Winner of several research awards, she has been a member of the editorial board for Research in the Teaching of English, an NCTE Promising Researcher, and a Spencer Dissertation Fellow. She co-chairs the NCTE Research Forum with Antero Garcia and serves as an NWP Connected Learning Ambassador.