- BS, Whitworth College, 1975
- MEd, Valdosta State University, 1999
- EdD, Nova Southeastern University, 2004
Penney Carden serves as the Coordinator of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction and the English as Second Language Programs in the School of Education. She is also the Live Text specialist and has provided faculty development in online learning course development. Prior to her employment at Trevecca, she served 7 years at Indiana Wesleyan University as an online professor and 15 years in Georgia schools as a mathematics teacher. She and her husband, a Nazarene minister, have 5 children who are all TNU alumni.