Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Reimer , Tracy


This study explored the process by which high school principals established and maintained collective faculty trust in the principal (FTP). High school principals face the challenge of establishing FTP in settings generally larger than their colleagues in elementary and middle schools which can impact the level of trust. The rich descriptions from participants about the process by which they established and maintained FTP adds to the limited qualitative literature about FTP, especially in the context of high schools. The findings from this study can serve as a guide to new and experienced high school principals as they establish and maintain FTP. By establishing a culture of mutual trust and respect, high school principals can impact student achievement and, potentially, the graduation rate and preparedness for post-secondary education.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation