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Jennifer Rippner

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Lecturer, Indiana University School of Education and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Higher Education, UGA

Jennifer Rippner, Ph.D., J.D., is currently a full-time faculty member at Indiana University-Bloomington teaching a variety of graduate-level education law courses. She has taught K-12 law and higher education law for several research universities such as George Washington University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Georgia. Jennifer’s current academic research focuses on constitutional issues in education such as student speech on campus and the tension between the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise of Religion clause for faculty at public institutions and schools. She is a co-editor of the upcoming textbook, Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law, 4th Edition, published by the Education Law Association.

Her depth of education policy and legal experience shapes her research and teaching.  Among her roles at the state level, she served as Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s education advisor, director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, and executive director of policy and programs at the University System of Georgia. She also experienced education policy at the school level as the director of a K-5 public charter school in Florida. At the national level, Jennifer served as a senior policy and legal advisor at EducationCounsel, LLC, a Washington, DC-based education law and policy firm, where she authored several policy briefs regarding access and diversity issues in higher education

Jennifer is a past member of the Southern Regional Education Board and chairman of Georgia’s State Charter Schools Commission. She was one of three Americans chosen for a Global Policy Fellowship with the national Institute of Higher Education Policy in 2008.

Jennifer earned a B.A. in political science and Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia.

Curriculum Vitae:

Gandara, D., Rippner, J., & Ness, E. (2017). Exploring the “How” in Policy Diffusion: National Intermediary Organizations’ Roles in Facilitating the Spread of Performance-Based Funding Policies in the States.Journal of Higher Education, 88(5), 701-725.

Rippner, J. (2015). Barriers to Success? The Role of Statewide Education Governance Structures in P-20 Council Collaboration.Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23(74).

Rippner, J. (2015). The American Education Policy Landscape. New York: Routledge.

Burgoyne, Robert, Theodore M. Shaw, Ralph C. Dawson, Rena Scheinkman, Arthur L. Coleman, Steven Y. Winnick, Jennifer Rippner, & Scott Palmer. (2010). “Navigating a Complex Landscape to Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education”, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of American Universities. 

Coleman, A., Palmer, S., Rippner, J., & Riley, R. (2009). “A 21st Century Imperative: Promoting Access and Diversity in Higher Education”, College Board: New York.

News Featuring Jennifer Rippner

Graduates of the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education excel in many different areas of our field. Below are the alumnae that we are aware of who are currently teaching in higher education classrooms across the United States.

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IN MARCH, THE INSTITUTE hosted guests from the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) in Japan and from North Carolina State University for a day of discussions on comparative…

Jennifer Rippner (Ph.D. 2013), who recently served as an IHE postdoctoral research and teaching associate, has a new book out based on her dissertation research.

Jennifer Rippner (PhD, 2013) joined the University System of Georgia team as executive director of Education Policy & Partnership and coordinator of Georgia Alliance of Education Agency Heads (AEAH) on May 1, 2015. Rippner most recently served as a…

Sondra N. Barringer joined the Institute in fall 2013 as a postdoctoral research associate. She comes to IHE from the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona, where she received her doctorate in 2013 and a Master of Arts (also in…

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