Pamela Monk


Pamela Monk

Assistant Teaching Professor

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  • Master's: University of Illinois, CC
  • Bachelor's: Hunter College, CUNY



Pamela Monk joined the faculty at Penn State in the fall of 1999 after 25 years in public education teaching writing and general science. In 1983, she began her continuing career as a freelance writer and playwright.

At Penn State, she teaches courses about the journalism departments. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday and The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as in local publications in State College and in Ithaca, N.Y., where she lived before moving to State College.

She served as faculty adviser to Phroth, the Penn State humor magazine, Valley Magazine and PSNtv, the student television network. In addition, Monk has been a juried artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In this capacity she has conducted playwriting residencies and freelance writing workshops in a variety of Pennsylvania public schools.

From 2004-2010, she wrote "The Rules of Family, Advice from Donna Corleone" -- which appeared monthly on the Web ( and in print (Voices of Central PA) Her plays have been produced in both New York and Pennsylvania. She is also the creator of Pamelapolis Productions, an independent producing company. Her service to the State College community includes work on arts boards, including Galaxy Arts in Education, the State College Community Theatre and, most recently, The State Theatre. She teaches nonfiction courses regularly for OLLI-- the Osher Life Long Learning Institute. In State College, she has produced a number of community theatrical events- A long running satire of local events, Forbidden Valley, various themed dinner theatre evenings, including the YODAS (Your Own Damned Awards Show) and An Evening with the Ornamental Love Slaves.  Currently she is involved with community building through personal narrative storytelling:   State of the Story, a State College program that has collaborated with community and campus organizations, Storyburgh Live in Pittsburgh, and internationally, through workshops conducted at National Taiwan Normal University.  


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Pamela Monk
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University Park, PA 16802