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Penny Tenuto, Ph.D.

Penny Tenuto, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Boise, 440K


(208) 364-4015

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 Tenuto, Ph.D., has held administrative and leadership positions in education and in the private sector.  Her primary research interest is democratic practice and theory in education. She is also interested in providing practical opportunities for advancing teaching and learning and helping others to achieve higher levels of professional and academic growth.

  • Democratic Professional Practice in Education (DPPE)

  • Leadership influence to expand capacity for collaboration

  • Rethinking professional practices, traditional school structures, and school and community partnerships for educational renewal.

  • Tenuto, P. L. (Ed.) Renewed accountability for access and excellence: Applying a model for democratic professional practice in education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Available October 2015 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:

University of Idaho Boise Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4047

Fax: (208) 364-4078


Web: Boise Center


Mailing Address:
University of Idaho CDA Center
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: (208) 667-2588

Fax: (208) 664-1272


Web: CDA Center