Penny Padgett


Penny Padgett






Office: 217, Updike Hall

Penny L. Padgett began working at VU in 2018.  She is the Chair and Assistant Professor of Geoscience, Agriculture, and Horticulture Department.  She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A./B.S. in Geological Sciences and earned a Certificate of Environmental Studies from I.U.’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  While going to school, she worked at the Indiana Geological and Water Survey in Bloomington, Indiana.  Penny’s Master of Science is in Geological Sciences from the University of Kentucky. After earning her Master’s degree she worked as a professional geologist in the energy and aggregates industry.  Penny is currently finishing up PhD from Missouri University of Science and Technology.  At VU, Penny teaches Geospatial GIS (GEOS 223), Earth Science (GEOS 100), Oceanography (GEOS 204), World Geography (GEOS 207), and Weather/Climate (GEOS 221).  She especially enjoys taking students on field trips for classes.  Professor Padgett also advises for the Forestry & Conservation major and NRES.

When I'm Not Teaching

When I am not teaching, I enjoy walking my Aussie dogs Laverne and Shirley, managing my alfalfa hay plot, going to sheep fiber festivals and teaching Bible Study Classes.  I especially enjoy going on field trips to see rocks like the Pennsylvanian Springfield Coal (Bear Run Mine) or Mansfield formation (Jug Rock in Shoals, Indiana); the Mississippian Beaver Bend Limestone; and to collect minerals like Fluorite (S. IL).  I enjoy looking at core samples and  I've visited most of the mines and quarries in the Illinois Basin.