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Penny Tenuto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership


Boise, 200

Mailing Address

322 E. Front Street, Suite 440
Boise, ID 83702

  • Ph.D., Education, Educational Leadership, University of Idaho, 2006
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Idaho, 2002
  • B.A., French, University of Idaho, 1983

Penny L. Tenuto, Ph.D., has held administrative and leadership positions in education and in the private sector. Her research is focused on ethical and inclusive leadership in education, which includes school leaders supporting teacher and student growth and achievement, modeling behaviors that promote dignity and respect for all individuals, understanding emotion in leadership and cultivating democratic and participatory processes to advance leadership, teaching and learning on a P-20 continuum.

Her book, Renewed Accountability for Access and Excellence: Applying a Model for Democratic Professional Practice in Education (October 2015) published by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is available at:

  • Ethical and Inclusive Leadership in Education on a P-20 Continuum

  • Tenuto, P., Gardiner, M., & Yamamoto, J. (2016). Leaders on the front line – Managing emotion and ethical decision making: A teaching case study for supervision of school personnel. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (JCEL), 19(3), 11-26. doi: 10.1177/1555458916657123 Available at:

  • Tenuto, P. L., Gardiner, M. E., & Yamamoto, J. K. (2015). "Administrators in action — Managing public funds: A teaching case study including a method for processing emotion." Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (JCEL), 18(3), 253-263. 

  • Gardiner, M. & Tenuto, P. (2015). "Reflections of practicing school principals on ethical leadership and decision-making: Confronting social injustice." The Journal of Values-Based Leadership (JVBL). Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 6. Available at: 

  • Tenuto, P. L. (2014). "Advancing leadership: Cultivating democratic professional practice in education (DPPE)." SAGE Open, 4(2). doi: 10.1177/2158244014530729. Available at:

  • Gardiner, M., Howard, M., & Tenuto, P., & Muzaliwa, A. (2014). "Authentic leadership praxis for democracy: A narrative inquiry of one state superintendency." International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice (IJLE), 17(2), 217-236. 

  • Yamamoto, J. K., Gardiner, M. E., & Tenuto, P. L. (2014). "Emotion in leadership: Secondary school administrators’ perceptions of critical incidents (CI)." Educational Management Administration and Leadership (EMAL), 42(2), 165-185. 

  • Tenuto, P., Cannon, J. G., & Kitchel, A. (2013). "Joining forces to advance teaching and learning of 21st century skills: Idaho school leaders’ perspectives." Education in a Democracy: A Journal of the NNER, 5, 141-158.  

  • Tenuto, P. L. & Gardiner, M. E. (2013). "Seeking balance between challenge and success in an age of accountability: A first-year faculty growth model (FFGM)." Journal of International Education and Leadership (JIEL), 3(2). ISSN: 2161-7252


Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3087

Phone: 208-885-1149