Deborah Penner, Ph.D.

Phone: 620-947-3121, ext 1021
Departments: Language and Literature

Deborah believes her highest satisfaction as a person comes from her family life. She is proud of the way her three adult children (with husband Paul) have grown into competent workers and spiritual leaders.

She’s excited by watching her students mature in their knowledge of literature, become spiritual leaders, and teach on the college, high-school, and middle-school levels.

Deborah incorporates Christian ethics in all writing courses. She asks, “How can we as Christian readers and writers reflect good critical thinking from a Christ-centered set of values?”


  • Expository Writing and Business Writing
  • Regional American Literature
  • Film Theory
  • Literary Theory
  • Early Modern Literature
  • British Literature 1 and 2


  • Tabor College Faculty Lecturer for the year 2000
  • Numerous presentations at the College English Association and the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies annual meetings
  • Editor, Tabor College Centennial Devotional Book (projected publication 2009)


  • B.A. in English, Tabor College, 1993
  • M.A. in English, Wichita State University, 1996
  • Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2002