- 2011 – Secondary education license in language arts, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
- 2009 – MA, English; University of Montana, Missoula
- 2006 – BA, English; University of Colorado, Boulder
Allison has been teaching college writing since 2007, during her graduate work in Montana where she focused on Victorian literature. After moving back to Colorado, she earned a secondary education license in language arts at CSU, and she taught English and Literature part-time at Front Range Community College from 2010 to 2014. Allison began her full-time faculty position at Aims in English and Humanities in 2014.
Allison currently serves as the coordinator for the Writers Community. She is also the recipient of the 2020-2021 Exemplary Online Teaching, 2018-2019 AFA Faculty of the Year and 2016-2017 Exemplary Online Course Awards.