Dr Jenny Penland

Activity Director/Director of Experiential Learning
Title V El Camino
(432) 837-8221
Fax: (432) 837-8930
Office: UC 211D
Address: Box C-171, Alpine, TX 79832
Web: http://www.sulross.edu/news/3541/latest-news-sul-ross-july-3-2015
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Jennifer (Jenny) L. Penland, Ed.D.
Director, Professor, Indigenous Scholar and Advocate

Teaching social studies, STEM components, qualitative research methods and cultural issues across the curriculum to over 3500 prospective undergraduate and graduate teacher education candidates at several academic institutions in the country. Dr. Penland is currently serving as Director of Experiential Learning: Activity Director with Sul Ross State University in Texas. She has worked with Shepherd University, Western Wyoming Community College, Texas A & M University-C, Dickinson State University and her graduate Alma Mater, Lamar University in Texas.

Penland’s published the topic of her dissertation completion  at Lamar University in a book titled, Educational Experiences and Successes of American Indians Who Grew Up during the Termination Period in U.S. History, and has been published in such journals as The Qualitative Report, the Journal of Mentoring & Tutoring, the National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision, E-Learn 2005, the Peace Studies Journal, the Fourth World Journal (CIS) and the University of South Dakota’s Indian Education with XanEdu.

Penland continues to publish articles and book chapters related to social, cultural and academic resiliency in SAGE: Multicultural Reference Encyclopedia, Intercontinental Cry Magazine, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education with the University of Bahrain and IGI’s Handbook of Research on Educational Technology Integration and Active Learning.

Penland continues to be an advocate for underrepresented populations, has interviewed several Tribal leaders, including R. Carlos Nakai, Governor Tafoya of the Santa Clara Pueblo and Dr. George Tinker, UC Denver ILIFF Indigenous Scholar. In 2014, she produced a short documentary film titled, “West Virginia’s Invisible People”, about the Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia which comprises over 11,000 inter-tribal people. This collaborative film was made possible by a grant sponsored from the West Virginia Humanities Council while Penland was working at Shepherd University. Penland continues to work with this populous as their Tribal Scholar and Education Consultant even though she currently resides in the Big Bend Region of Texas.

As Director of Experiential Learning: Activity Director at Sul Ross State University, Dr. Penland has conducted faculty training workshops that focus on relationship building, community involvement and increased student persistence. Penland presents in various national and international scholarship forums including: the National Multicultural Education Association, International Lilly Conference, the Peace Studies Conference in New York, E-Learn International, American Education of Research Association and Research of Women in Education.

Dr. Penland has presented at the National Mentoring Conference in Albuquerque, Lilly National Conference in Newport Beach and most recently at the National AHSIE Conference in Las Vegas. She has also publish book chapters with IGI Global  titled, “Developing Resilience through Experiences: El Camino Al Exito” in the Handbook of Research on Learner Centered Pedagogy In Teacher Education and Professional Development and “Successful Transitions from College to Career” in the Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Models for Next Generation Teaching and Learners.