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Laura Trujjillo-JenksLaura Trujillo-Jenks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education
Program Area: Educational Leadership

Professional Preparation

University of Texas at Austin
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration
Cooperative Superintendency Program
Austin Peay State University
Master of Arts in Education
Specialization: Administration and Supervision
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development
Specialization: French
Endorsement: Special Education
New Mexico Military Institute
Associate of Arts


Dr. Trujillo-Jenks comes to TWU from the University of North Texas Dallas Campus. There, she taught courses in the Educational Administration Program and served on the Faculty Alliance/Senate as both the Secretary and Chair Elect. Dr. Trujillo-Jenks has also served in several capacities in public education, such as teacher, special education coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. These many roles in education were performed in several school districts: Austin ISD, Killeen ISD, Anna ISD, Cherry Creek Schools, and Fort Campbell Schools.

The many moves to different school districts and to military towns have helped shape Dr. Trujillo-Jenks’ philosophy on preparing future educational leaders: Preparing future educational leaders means a commitment to their continuous development of skills and of knowledge. Educational leaders will be prepared to analyze data before making decisions, will appreciate and understand the beauty of the diversity that each individual brings to the campus, will encourage continuous growth through professional development that focuses on research based best practices, and will adhere to ethical and moral decisions based on the law.

Currently, Dr. Trujillo-Jenks is teaching courses in the Educational Leadership Program, including Educational Law. Her research focus centers on both campus leadership and campus safety through effective student discipline. Her passion also focuses on educational law, moral responsibility, and healthy human organizations. Dr. Trujillo-Jenks is an associate editor for the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. She has written the book, Survival Book for New Teachers: How to Become a Professional, Effective, and Successful Teacher.

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