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About Amy Penne

Amy Penne earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is Professor of English in the Department of Humanities at Parkland College, just across town in Champaign, Illinois. She lives in a small town thirty miles south of Champaign, a town she affectionately refers to as Outlet Mall Town. Amy is an Associate of both the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis (because, really, who can choose between Dominican and Franciscan spirituality?) in Springfield, Illinois. She holds a certificate from the University of the South in Education for Ministry, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction through the Chiara Center in Riverton, Illinois. Amy’s husband and two sons keep her grounded and busy. Amy is a writer and teacher, mother and wife, scholar, practicing mystic and contemplative. What does that even mean? It means the divine creative One works through little poverty-obsessed men in the 13th century in Assisi, deep interior women of faith in Spain in the 16th century, privileged French girls in Liseiux in the late 19th century, and full-time moms and dads on the prairie in East Central Illinois in the early years of the 21st century. 


Present Professor of English, Parkland College Humanities

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  • CCS 098: Critical Composition Skills I
  • CCS 099: Critical Composition Skills II
  • ENG 098: Writing Skills Review I
  • ENG 099: Writing Skills Review II
  • ENG 101: Composition I
  • LIT 121: Introduction to Poetry
  • LIT 125: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • LIT 127: Introduction to Fiction
  • LIT 142: Women in Literature


2000 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ English
1992 MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ English
1989 BA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Contact Information

Department of Humanities
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821