Elizabeth Allen-Pennebaker
Elizabeth Allen-Pennebaker
Assistant Professor
Core Division
Affiliated with Division - CORE
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Office: (802) 865-5759
Box 18
Aiken 202

I'm so lucky - I love what I do! Every day I appreciate being able to spend time with my students and colleagues in the Core, and I savor the intellectual challenge of interdisciplinary teaching.

I've been teaching part-time in the Core since 2011. When I'm not at Champlain, I share with my husband the management of our family companies. At Vermont Design Works, our web and graphic design firm, I've written content for our clients on subjects ranging from bras to New Urbanism to water buffalo yogurt. I spend my summers doing renovation projects for our property management company, which owns 27 commercial and residential units in the Burlington area. Working with my hands balances and recharges my mind so that I'm ready to go in September!

Before coming to Burlington, I sampled a lot of different jobs and places. Among other things, I taught Humanities at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH; worked on political campaigns for Bernie Sanders and Progressive Party candidates; and spent most of my twenties overseas, reveling in the beauty and culture of Europe, especially Oxford and Vienna.

Fun facts: I live in Burlington, only a few blocks away from campus, with my wonderful husband, my feisty and hilarious mother-in-law, our chocolate Lab, and too many cats. The dog and I run or ski or do yoga pretty much every day. I've been a vegetarian for 25 years and never, ever cheated. I'm hopelessly addicted to Starbucks soy chai lattes. I've recently taken up writing poetry (don't worry - I don't make my students read it, unless they've done something really bad).

Volunteer Activities

Part-time foster parent/mentor to an amazing young woman; Board Member, Vermont Stage Company (2009-2013)

University of Oxford-United Kingdom, Doctor of Philosophy - Oxford
University of Vermont, Master of Arts
Williams College, Bachelor of Arts
University of Oxford-United Kingdom, Master of Studies- Oxford

As an entrepreneur myself, I love Champlain's strong focus on life and career preparation. Our graduates head out into the world able to earn a living and start contributing to their fields right away. Core classes are a huge part of that. Reading carefully, thinking deeply, and writing clearly aren't just "academic" skills - they're the foundation for success in almost all 21st-century careers.

How do I know that Champlain grads are well-prepared to succeed? We have two working at our company, and they rock!