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The Edwin M. Bridges Award

for Significant Contributions to the Preparation and Development of School Leaders


The award recognizes contributions to pre-service preparation as well as continuing professional development aimed at school leaders broadly defined, and the locus can be in universities or in the field.

Contributions will be judged on the extent to which the quality and originality of the effort suggest the potential to create a lasting impact on research and/or practice in this domain. As appropriate to the form of the contribution, UCEA will assist in its publication and/or other forms of dissemination to the profession.

Nominations are welcome from faculty member(s) of UCEA member institutions and partner institutions. Nominations should include electronic copies of the following:

  • the candidate's curriculum vitae;
  • a letter addressing the contributions of the nominee relative to one or more of the selection criteria;
  • support letters from individuals who have been directly mentored by the nominee, and/or individuals who can attest to the nominee's mentoring strengths, are strongly encouraged.

A UCEA committee appointed by the Executive Director will review and evaluate the nominees. This committee will reserve the right to present this award to multiple candidates on any given year, or conversely, not to present this award should nominees not fully meet the selection criteria. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2014. Please email electronic copies of all nomination materials to with the title of the award in the subject line.


The Edwin M. Bridges Award is given by UCEA annually for original, outstanding work in the area of research and/or development that contributes to our knowledge and understanding of how best to prepare and support future generations of educational leaders.

Contributions can be in any of several forms including the design and evaluation of an innovative approach to leadership preparation, development of a research-based tool for use in leadership education, a conceptual or empirical research paper (i.e., publication or dissertation) that illuminates important issues, or a long-term, high impact program of research and development in this area.

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The Edwin M. Bridges Award Recipients







Perry Zirkel, LeHigh University


Martha McCarthy, Indiana University at Bloomington

Edwin M. Bridges, Stanford University