- M.A. in English with a Concentration in 20th Century American Literature, The Ohio State University
- B.A. in English, Bennett College
Penny H. Speas began her professional career as an instructor in the Department of English at Bennett College. She currently serves the collage as Chair of the Department of Humanities and the Director of the Writing Center. Mrs. Speas has also taught writing classes in the Enhanced Skills Training program for ROTC cadets at North Carolina A & T State University.