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UCEA Activities

UCEA engages in a variety of activities and produces a number of publications and instructional materials. All these activities and products proceed from a basic set of goals sufficiently stable to give the organization identity, yet flexible enough to respond to changing conditions in educational administration.

As noted on the Values, Vision and Goals page, UCEA goals include:

  • Promote, sponsor, and disseminate research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership practice
  • Improve the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professors
  • Positively influence local, state, and national educational policy
A representative sample of the many types of activities sponsored by UCEA follows:
  • Inter-institutional research projects on such subjects as principalship effectiveness, education policy, and managing resources;
  • Articulation of new directions for research and training, for example, in formulating research perspectives, in preparing leaders to anticipate the future, and in establishing criteria for administrator licensure and certification;
  • Development and testing of training programs for administrators that make effective use of resources in other disciplines-for example, strengthening the humanities in administrator preparation programs;
  • Professional renewal opportunities for member institution faculty (e.g., seminars and workshops on subjects such as methods of research, preparing leaders for the future, and coping with the challenges of urban education);
  • The UCEA Convention, an annual professional meeting open to all UCEA faculty, faculty from other universities, graduate students and practitioners;
  • UCEA Program Centers, a group of research engines and clearing houses hosted by UCEA member universities, that support knowledge production, professional seminars, institutes, conferences and research and development projects; and,
  • Creation of important new organizations and commissions - the Inter-American Society for Educational Administration, The Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration, The National Policy Board for Education Administration, The National Commission on Excellence in Educational Administration, and the National Commission for the Advancement of Educational Leadership Preparation.


  • Educational Administration Quarterly (established in 1965), a journal containing conceptual and theoretical articles, research analyses, and reviews of books in educational administration.
  • The Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, an electronic format peer-reviewed cases appropriate for use in programs that prepare educational leaders.
  • UCEA Review, a periodical that provides up-to-date information on UCEA activities and news from member universities.
  • Educational Administration: The UCEA Document Base, a flexible educational administration text published by McGraw-Hill's Primis Custom Publishing.
  • Journal of Research on Leadership Education , published quarterly with the sponsorship of the University Council for Educational Administration in cooperation with the department of Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Implications from UCEA, published six times a year, provide brief overviews of educational research that have timely implications for educational policy, practice and further research.

In addition, UCEA regularly aids in the production and distribution of a wide range of books, monographs, and special reports which are available through our catalog.

Instructional Materials

UCEA is especially concerned with the need to develop instructional materials that address administrator preparation problems. A number of games and simulations have been developed for this purpose, including the Monroe City urban simulation, developed and demonstrated in various parts of the U.S. and Canada by more than 180 professors from 40 universities and the Information Environment for School Leader Preparation (IESLP).

The Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership provides peer-reviewed cases focused on leadership practice. These cases are intended for use in programs that prepare educational leaders.

UCEA Monographs are focused on providing professors of educational administration with materials that can guide classroom instruction, internship and practical experiences, and program design.


UCEA sponsors several recognitions each year, including:

  • The William Davis Award, given annually to the author(s) of the most outstanding article to appear in Educational Administration Quarterly.
  • The Roald Campbell Award, given to senior colleague recognizing a lifetime of excellent achievement.
  • The Jack A. Culbertson Award, given to a professor in the first six years of his or her career for some outstanding accomplishment.
  • The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award, given to practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.
  • The Paula Silver Case Award, given to an author of the most outstanding case published in the last volume of the UCEA Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.
  • The Master Professor Award, given to an individual faculty member whose record is so distinguished that UCEA must recognize this individual in a significant and timely manner.
  • The Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award, given to a educational leadership faculty who have made substantive contribution to the field by mentoring the next generation of students into roles as university research professors, while also recognizing the important role(s) mentors play in supporting and advising junior faculty.