Jenny Tripses

Professor & Coordinator, Leadership in Educational Administration

Westlake Hall 336
(309) 677-3593

Ph.D., Educational Administration, Illinois State University
M.S., Reading, Illinois State University
B.S., Elementary Education, Bradley University


Dr. Jenny Tripses came to Bradley in the fall of 1999.  She teaches educational leadership courses that prepare graduates for master’s degrees in educational administration that satisfy Illinois State Board of Education course work requirements for licensure required for school principals.

Professional Experience

Dr. Tripses was an elementary principal for nine years, three years in a small rural school district, and six in a large suburban district. Her public school teaching career included 17 years in Peoria Heights in grades kindergarten through three.


Dr. Tripses teaches courses including Instructional Leadership, Human Resource Management, Leadership Perspectives, The Principalship, and the Administrative Field Experience.

During some Winter terms or J-Terms, Dr. Tripses teaches a course entitled Leadership in a Diverse Society.



Dr. Tripses is a Fulbright Scholar awarded in spring 2012.

Dr. Tripses spent the spring 2012 semester at the Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University in Ukraine on a Fulbright Scholar grant. While there, she presented at the Kyiv National Economic University, the National Aeronautical University and the Vinnytsia English Teachers on minds for the future. Since returning from Ukraine, her research interests have shifted to international education. She published an article as lead author with three Ukrainian colleagues. She also published a monograph published by the Kyiv National Economic University. A book chapter with two other Ukrainian colleagues is set for publication July, 2014.

Dr. Tripses describing her experiences in Ukraine can be found with this link The world in our hands. 

Dr. Tripses’ research interests continue on principal preparation reform. Other interests include social justice, women leadership in schools, and mentoring from the protégé perspective.

Dr. Tripses co-authored a book with Linda Lyman and Dianne Ashby entitled Leaders Who Dare, which spotlighted the skills of women school leaders in situations where their values conflicted with organizational practices.


Dr. Tripses has been active in Illinois School Leader Reform since 2001. She served as president of the Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA) (2003-05), vice president (2001-2003), was a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission convened by the Illinois Board of Higher Education ( final report 2006), co-chaired several statewide committees, most recently the School University Partnership Committee which made recommendations to the Illinois Board of Education. On the national level, Dr. Tripses was elected to the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration in August 2008 for a three year term. Dr. Tripses has published manuscripts related to principal preparation reform and presented at national and international conferences on this topic. Dr. Tripses is currently the Executive Director of Illinois Women in Educational Leadership (formerly Illinois Women Administrators).