Jennie Weiner

Associate Professor

Educational Leadership


Associate Professor of Educational Leadership 

Academic Degrees:

ED.D, Educational Policy Leadership and Instructional Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2012
M.Ed, Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2003
B.A., American Studies, Amherst College, 2000

Areas of Expertise:

Educational Leadership

School Reform

Education Reform


The purpose of my scholarship is to re-frame educational leadership and change to make both more inclusive, equitable and oriented toward collective uplift and continuous improvement. Specifically, I focus on issues of educational leadership and organizational change particularly in chronically under-performing and under-resourced schools and districts. I am interested in gender and racial bias in educational leadership as well as issues of educational infrastructure at the local, district and state levels. Teaching is my passion.

Prior to coming to UConn, I worked for Rhode Island Department of Education on issues of school turnaround and capacity building. I was a senior research associate for the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) at the Milken Family Foundation. I hold a Master’s in Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy and a Doctorate of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Recent Press:

NY Times OP-ED – I Refuse to Run a Coronavirus Homeschool

Q&A with Dr. Jennie Weiner in the Lead the Change Series

Neag School Launches New Educational Leadership Program for School Principals in the Middle East

Rhode Island Partners with Low-Performing Schools to Help them Improve.”  US Department of Education Progress Blog

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Weiner, J., Cyr, D. & Burton, L. (2019). How “identity-blindness” and other microaggressions shape the experiences of black women in principal preparation programs. Journal of Research on Leadership Education. Online First.

Weiner, J. & Holder, S. (2018). Why lead?: Exploring the motivations of aspiring principals. International Journal of Leadership in Education. 1-18.

Weiner, J. & Woulfin, S. (2018). Sailing across the divide: Challenges to the transfer of teacher leadership. Journal of Research on Leadership Education. 1-25.

Lamb, A. & Weiner, J. (2018) Extending the research on 1:1 technology integration in middle schools: A call for using institutional theory in educational technology research. Middle Grades Review, 4(1),

Lamb, A. & Weiner, J. (2018). Institutional factors in iPad rollout, adoption, andimplementation: Isomorphism and the case of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s iPad initiative. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (IJEMST), 6(2), 136-154. DOI:10.18404/ijemst.408936

Torres, A. C., & Weiner, J. (2018). The new professionalism? Charter teachers’ experiences and qualities of the teaching profession. Education Policy Analysis Archives26, 19.

Connery, C. & Weiner, J. (2017). Direct democracy’s threat to democratic schools: Ron Unz and the case of bilingual education. Education in a Democracy: A Journal of the NNER (National Network for Educational Renewal). 9, 6-29.

Dougherty, S. & Weiner, J. (2017). On the Rhode to school turnaround: Estimating the impact of being just labeled as low-performing in the era of Race to the Top. Educational Policy. Online First.

Donaldson, M. & Weiner, J.  (2017). The science of improvement: Responding to external and internal threats in a complex school environment. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. 20(3), 65-75.

 Woulfin, S. L. & Weiner, J. (2017). Triggering change: An investigation of the multiple logics of turnaround. Education and Urban Society. 1-25.

Weiner J. & Woulfin, S. (2017). Controlled autonomy: novice principals’ schema for district control and school autonomy. Journal of Educational Administration. 55(3), 334-350.

Weiner J. & Higgins, M. (2017). Where the two shall meet: Exploring the relationship between teacher professional culture and student learning culture. Journal of  Educational Change.18 (1), 21-48.

Brigandi, C. Siegel, D, Weiner, J., Gubbins, J. & Little, C. (2016). Gifted secondary school students: The perceived relationship between enrichment and goal valuation. Journal for the Education of the Gifted. 39(4), 263-287.

Weiner, J. (2016). Paradoxes or possibilities?: How aspiring “turnaround” principals conceptualize reform and their role within it. School Leadership and Management, 36(5), 471-492.

Weiner, J. & Dougherty, S. (2016). Is the federal government in the business of improving charter schools?: An investigation of the unintended consequences of ESEA Waivers. Planning and Changing Journal. 47(1/2), p. 101-117.

Weiner, J. & Burton, L., (2016). The double bind for women: Exploring the gendered nature of turnaround leadership. Harvard Educational Review. 86(3), 339-365.

Weiner, J., Donaldson, M. & Dougherty S. (2016). Missing the boat–Impact of just missing identification as a high performing school. Leadership and Policy in Schools.

Burton, L. & Weiner, J. (2016). “They were really looking for a male leader for the building”: Gender, identity and principal preparation, a comparative case study. Frontiers in Psychology. 7.

Edmondson, A.C.,* Higgins, M.C., Singer, S.J. and Weiner, J. (2016). Understanding psychological safety in healthcare and education organizations: A comparative perspective. Research in Human Development. 13(1), p. 65-83. [* Authorship alphabetical]

Weiner, J. (2016). Under my thumb: Principals’ difficulty releasing decision-making to their Instructional Leadership Team. Journal of School Leadership, 26(2), 149-180.

Weiner J. & Torres, C. (2016). Different location or different map?: Investigating charter school teachers’ professional identities. Teaching and Teacher Education, 53, 75-86.

Weiner, J. (2014). Disabling Conditions: Investigating instructional leadership teams in action. Journal of Educational Change, 15(3), 253-280.

Higgins, M., Weiner, J., & Young, L (2012). Implementation teams: A new lever for change. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33(3), 366-388.

Weiner, J. (2011). Finding common ground: Teacher leaders and principals speak out about teacher leadership. Journal of School Leadership. 21(1), 7-41.


Jennie Weiner
Contact Information
Phone860 486 4491
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Mailing AddressUnit 3093
Office LocationGentry 242C