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Department of Leadership & Counseling
322 E. Front St., Suite 440
Boise, Idaho 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4047
Fax: (208) 364-4078

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1031 N. Academic Way
Suite 242
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814

Phone: (208) 292-1286
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Mary Gardiner

Mary E. Gardiner, Ph.D.

Office: 322 East Front Street, Suite 440
Phone: (208) 364-9905
Email: gardiner@uidaho.edu

College of Education
Educational Leadership

Campus Locations: Boise
With UI Since 2001

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Educational leadership/management
    • Ethical leadership and law
    • Leadership for social justice
    • Qualitative research
  • Biography
    Mary Gardiner/Henry, PhD, is a professor in Educational Leadership, University of Idaho, Boise.  Current research interests include ethical leadership and decision-making, legal issues in education, and a variety of socio-cultural dimensions of school leadership, including processing and managing emotion in leadership.  She has experience as an educator and administrator in the USA and Australia, and published numerous books and articles.
  • Selected Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles in National / International Journals:

    • Tenuto, P., Gardiner, M., & Yamamoto, J. (2015). Administrators in Action – Managing Public Monies and Processing Emotion in School Activities:  A Teaching Case Study. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (JCEL), 18(3) 253–263.  DOI: 10.1177/1555458915593982

    • Gardiner, M. & Tenuto, P. (2015). Reflections of Practicing School Principals on Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making: Confronting Social Injustice. Journal of Values-Based Leadership (JVBL), Volume VIII, Issue II, Summer/Fall, pp. 54-63.

    • Yamamoto, J., Gardiner, M. & Tenuto, P. (2014). Emotion in leadership: Secondary school administrators’ perceptions of critical incidents (CI). Educational Management Administration and Leadership (EMAL), 42(2), 165 - 183.  doi: 10.1177/1741143213499260.  Published online September 24 2013. http://ema.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/09/20/1741143213499260

    • 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). ID: 835448 DOI:10.1080/13603124.2013.835448. Taylor & Francis. Published online then in print. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13603124.2013.835448#.UijWEF_nYdU

    Reviews and Essays in Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

    • Gardiner, Mary E. & Kroth, Michael (2014 January 24) Review of Reason & Rigor: How Conceptual Frameworks Guide Research by Sharon M. Ravitch and Matthew Riggan. Education Review, 17. http://www.edrev.info/reviews/rev1267.pdf

    Book Chapters:

    • Gardiner, M., Tenuto, P., & Yamamoto, J. (In press). Leading for Student Belongingness in K-12 Schools:  A Teaching Case Study for Managing Emotion and Building Inclusive Community in Schools.  In Tenuto, P. (Ed.). Renewed Accountability for Access and Excellence: Applying a Model for Democratic Professional Practice in Education. Washington, DC: Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-4985-1861-1.

  • Research Projects

    Engaged in several research projects related to ethical leadership and decision-making together with colleagues:

    • Ethical leadership and decision making processes for administrators

    • Administrators leading instruction

    • Civil rights, social justice, and community leadership

  • Outreach Projects
    • Currently conducting outreach research with six public school districts related to ethical leadership and decision-making, and leading teaching.

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2012-2013, QR SIG. Appointed to the Executive Committee. American Educational Research Association SIG Qualitative Research. Chair, Qualitative Research QR-SIG, a special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Outstanding Book Award. 2012-2013.
    • 2011. Breaking into the All-Male Club: Female Professors of Educational Administration (featuring chapter 12, Mary Gardiner) was selected by the AESA Critics Choice Awards Committee as an outstanding book to be honored in a ceremony featured at the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, November 2. <http://www.educationalstudies.org>.
    • 2009. Women Making History Award. One of 24 women featured in the Women’s History Month celebration publication Women Making Herstory distributed statewide by The Idaho Statesman, Thursday March 5, 2009. Awarded by the Boise State University Women’s Center. Award for contributions made to the community. Awards Banquet SUB Grand Ballroom, Boise State University, 14 March 2009. Trophy awarded November, 2009.
    • 2008 Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions in Scholarship. College of Education. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, May, 2008.
    • 2007. Outstanding Faculty Award. University of Idaho. Disability Support Services. In recognition of exceptional support in assisting students with disabilities to achieve their academic goals.
    • 2005. 50 Most Cited Articles in Urban Education. Number 3 ranking for Enomoto, E., Gardiner, M. & Grogan, M. Notes to Athene: Mentoring relationships for women of color.
“[Individuals] empowered to become all they can be, is not the only task of parents and teachers, but the basis of management and political leadership-and simple friendship” Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a life (1990) p. 56.