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The Distinguished Service Award

2011 Recipients

On occasion, UCEA’s leadership has found it appropriate to honor UCEA faculty for their outstanding service to the organization and the field. This year UCEA honored three such individuals: Gerardo Lopez, Loyola University–New Orleans; Hanne Mawhinney, University of Maryland; and Edith Rusch, University of Nevada–Las Vegas.

Professor Lopez (right) was honored for his service to UCEA as the Associate Director of Publications as well as for taking on the editoriship of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership during its transition from Miami University to the University of North Texas. Professor Mawhinney (left) was honored for several years of service representing UCEA on the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) audit committee and for providing leadership for the revision of the ELCC standards and the development of an improved process and set of resources to guide the naitonal review of leadership programs for NCATE’s ELCC. Professor Rusch (right) was honored for serving as the founding editor of the Journal of Research on Leadership Education.

2009 Recipient

Dr. Diana G. Pounder received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2009 UCEA Convention to recognize her tenure as editor of the Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ) and service to UCEA. Diana Pounder is College of Education Dean at the University of Central Arkansas and former Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah–Salt Lake City.  She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has worked as a university professor and researcher for over 25 years, after working in public schools for 10 years as a high school math teacher, a secondary guidance counselor, and a middle school principal.  
Dr. Pounder has been active and assumed leadership roles in national professional organizations, including past EAQ Editor; President of the UCEA; Secretary of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA); and Co-Chair of the Joint UCEA, AERA-Division A, TEA-Sig Task Force on Leadership Preparation Effectiveness.  She participates actively in a variety of state and national education and policy initiatives, the most recent of which have focused largely on improving and assessing school teacher and leader preparation.