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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Jeffrey Penka

Title: Instructor
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-0207
Office: School of Information Science

Davis College, Room 110
1501 Greene Street

Columbia, SC 29208
LinkedIn: My LinkedIn profile


B.S. Technology in Visual Communication Technology, Bowling Green State University
M.Ed., Career and Technology Education, Bowling Green State University
M.A., English, Scientific and Technical Communications, Bowling Green State University
Executive Education, Innovation Practices, Product Development and Marketing, and Global Leadership & Strategy, The Ohio State University - The Max M. Fisher College of Business


Jeffery Penka brings together Information Science, Product Development, and Project Management principles with industry frameworks and practices for students through practical experiences, team activities, and critique-based discussion. He teaches Intro to Information Science, Intro to Information Literacy and Technology, and Knowledge Management for Library and Information Professionals.


With over 20 years of experience in Information Science, Entrepreneurship, and Product Development, Penka's passion centers on growing leaders that quickly and iteratively move ideas to action. His work focuses on:

  • connecting learners and their coursework with "live" environments and industry opportunities
  • offering opportunities to engage with practitioners, moving theory to practice
  • encouraging student growth of professional networks, critical thinking, and portfolio of experiences.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.