Judith Kerrins, PhD

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Dr. Kerrins specializes in teaching and research that focuses on leadership, administration, expertise, and change. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984. Since 1991 she has taught courses in the Preliminary Administrative Credential Program where her emphasis is on preparing school administrators who use research to inform their decision-making. Through her teaching she keeps prospective administrators focused on “what’s best for students.” Kerrins’ recent research involves the study of school leaders including an investigation of strategies for redefining the work of school principals as well as studies investigating the relationship of emotional intelligence to principal expertise. She has presented research at local, state, and national conferences and internationally at conferences held in Europe, Africa, and South America.

Kerrins has served as president of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration and president of the CSU, Chico chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, from which she was also recognized with a Service Key Award. She was named Professor of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators and also traveled to South Africa as a Fulbright Summer Scholar.

She is passionate about teaching and leadership and brings a deep understanding of public education to her teaching. Before coming to CSU, Chico she taught at both the elementary and secondary levels, worked as a K-8 school counselor, and elementary principal and in the central office as an assistant superintendent, associate superintendent, and superintendent of schools.

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