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Recognizing Leaders in the Field

September 22nd, 2016 by


The University Council for Educational Administration Announces the Recipients of the 2016 Educational Leadership Awards Program

The remarkable individuals recognized by the 2016 awards are prominent trailblazers for our field. In addition to leading in the production of high-quality and impactful scholarship, these individuals have and continue to serve as foundational role models for the next generation of educational leadership scholars. The field is indebted to them for their example of excellence.”   ~ Michelle Young, UCEA Executive Director

UCEA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 educational leadership awards.  The UCEA awards program encourages and recognizes efforts and excellence within the educational leadership community.

The 2016 educational leadership awards recognize the following outstanding and leading faculty members from UCEA institutions that have made a sustained and positive impact on the field.

The recipient of the 2016 Edwin M. Bridges Award is Dr. Diana Pounder from the University of Utah. The Edwin M. Bridges Award is given 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. Dr. Pounder has devoted her career to improving pre-service leader preparation and shaping program evaluation research and leadership practice. Her interest in preparation program development began early in her career while an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, continued as she served as Dean at the University of Arkansas, and remains today in her invaluable work as an integral member of the INSPIRE Leadership Survey development team.

The recipient of the 2016 Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Ellen Goldring from Vanderbilt University. The Roald F. Campbell Award is given to a senior professor in recognition of his or her lifetime of excellent achievement. Dr. Goldring is a highly productive scholar, having produced nine co-authored books, more than 80 co-authored journal articles, almost 40 co-authored chapters, and many other research reports and publications.  She is recognized nationally for attaining millions of dollars in federal and foundation research grants by contributing to the needed knowledge base in the educational leadership field and executing rigorously designed empirical studies.    

The recipient of the 2016 Jack A. Culbertson Award is Dr. Ann Ishimaru from the University of Washington. The Jack A. Culbertson Award is given to a professor in the first six years of his or her career for an outstanding scholarly accomplishment or contribution. Dr. Ishimaru has promoted, sponsored, and disseminated research on essential problems of schooling and leadership practice. In her scholarship, she has brought field-defining precision to “equity-focused leadership” and to elaborating how leaders can foster genuine community engagement for the goals of excellent educational opportunity and outcomes for all students. Her scholarship moves the field beyond general calls for leaders to emphasize equity and illuminates specific leadership practices in schools and districts.

The recipient of the 2016 Hanne Mawhinney Distinguished Service Award is Dr. Pamela Tucker from the University of Virginia. The Distinguished Service Award was instituted by UCEA headquarters ten years ago for the purpose of recognizing extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity, and service to UCEA. Dr. Tucker has served as Senior Associate Director for UCEA for the last five years and repeatedly went beyond the call of duty to represent the consortium well. Her extensive work, patience and diplomacy benefited UCEA in many ways.

The recipient of the 2016 Master Professor Award is Dr. Michael Dantley from Miami University. The Master Professor Award is given to an individual faculty member whose distinguished record warrants recognition by UCEA in a significant and timely manner. Dr. Dantley has a significant record of scholarship pertaining to educational leadership practice, preparation, and development.  He has been an outstanding advisor and mentor of students and assistant professors, as well as a leader in professional educational organizations such as UCEA and AERA. He has lead the educational leadership field in promoting, increasing, and supporting diversity among faculty, students, and staff.

The recipient of the 2016 Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award is Dr. Carol Mullen from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award is given to an educational leadership faculty member who has made substantive contributions to the field through mentoring the next generation of scholars into roles as university research professors, while also recognizing the important role(s) mentors play in supporting and advising junior faculty. Dr. Mullen’s mentoring programs, mentoring relationships, editorial mentoring, and research have had a major influence on the field. She has supervised doctoral dissertations since 1998 at four research universities where she was repeatedly recognized for excellence in mentoring and her success in graduating students and placing them in desirable jobs, as well as her high-quality innovations in doctoral education and publications.              

UCEA Award recipients are selected through a rigorous and competitive process that includes review and evaluation by a selection committee of peers appointed by the Executive Director. Please join us in recognizing these faculty pioneers in educational leadership, and appreciating their outstanding contribution to the field.

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