Associate Professor & Coordinator, Educational Administration
Westlake Hall 336
Ph.D., Educational Administration, Illinois State University
B.S., Elementary Education
Jenny Tripses teaches educational leadership courses that prepare graduates for master’s degrees in educational administration and the Illinois Type 75 Administrative Endorsement required by the state of Illinois for all school principals. She teaches courses including Instructional Leadership, Human Resource Management, Leadership Perspectives, The Principalship, Administrative Field Experience and Legal and Social Change. During the Winter Interim, Dr. Tripses alternates between two courses: Spirituality, Leadership and Justice and Leadership in a Diverse Society. 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’ research interests focus primarily on principal preparation reform. Other interests include social justice, women leadership in schools, and mentoring from the protégé perspective.
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). She 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.