Penne is chair of the English Department at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. She is active in coordinating campus, educational and enrichment opportunities, for students and the community. These include everything from Jungian Dream Workshops, to collecting books for children, to organizing writing conferences and Blues Festivals. She is campus sponsor and an active member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
In addition to literature courses, she teaches "Conflict Management", "Literature, The Healing Art", and "Myth, Ritual, and Culture." She is a renowned expert in Jungian mythology and the use of literature in healing. Her academic offerings span the bridge of literature, creative writing techniques and professional therapeutic training.
She is an active member of NAPT, the National Association of Poetry Therapy. She is available to conduct workshops and training seminars on topics such as "Writing Ourselves Whole", "Conscious Aging", "Reconnecting with our Sacred Selves", "The Body-Mind Connection", and "The Chakras, Stepping Stones to Higher Consciousness".
She is certified Reiki I and in Integrative Yoga Therapy. She studied shamanism under Michael Harner, and practiced yoga for fifteen years.