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UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Duquesne University

After a unanimous vote by the UCEA’s Executive Committee, Duquesne University’s proposal to establish its own UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice was accepted in February 2009!

The primary focus of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Duquesne University is to investigate the relationship between educational leadership and social justice. The School of Education faculty, with the support and encouragement of Dean Olga Welch and Dr. Rick McCown, Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, proposed to investigate the relationship between educational leadership and social justice critically, comprehensively, and collaboratively.  Critical investigation of the relationship means rigorous interrogation of the assumptions that underlie the practice of educational leadership and the formation of educational leaders who take action in their own lives and in cooperation with others to effect positive social change.  Comprehensive investigation means investigating the relationship within and across the complex contexts in which educational leaders practice and are formed, the theoretical and empirical antecedents that operate in those contexts, and the theoretical and empirical consequences of practical efforts to identify and resolve issues of social justice.  Collaborative investigation means investigations that include and address practitioners, researchers, and policy makers from diverse scholastic, academic, community, and government institutions.

What is the UCEA?

The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) is a nonprofit consortium of research institutions with a serious commitment to improving leadership practice, preparation, and policy for the benefit of all children.

UCEA’s Work

Since its launch in 1954, the mission of the UCEA has been to improve the professional preparation of educational leadership personnel through professional development programs and to promote the development of research, policy, and professional knowledge. UCEA activities annually impact the practice of over 1,000 professors, 4,000 school leaders, and countless teachers and students. They include inter-institutional research projects on leader effectiveness, leadership preparation, and education policy; articulation of new directions for research and training; policy work; and development and testing of innovative educational leadership programs as well as leader evaluation and professional development models. UCEA supports networks for new ideas in educational leadership through meetings, publications, program centers, awards, and partnerships.