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2020 Updates

UCEA 2020 Updates

Please continue to visit this page for UCEA updates regarding the coronavirus.


Message from UCEA Executive Director Mónica Byrne-Jiménez


We need to hear from you. Please offer feedback to UCEA on tools and resources that might be helpful and updates from your institution.

UCEA 2020 Feedback Form


2020 Convention Information

We know some are already wondering about our Convention in Puerto Rico. November is several months away and much can/will change in the intervening time. Rest assured, we are keeping a close eye on the situation in Puerto Rico, as well as here at home. The Convention Planning Committee (Bill Black, President-Elect, and Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz, Rosa Rivera-McCutchen, and James Wright) continues to develop a face-to-face program that will be truly outstanding and in the hopes that we will be able to travel to San Juan in November. We are, however, also exploring web-based platforms that will be able to host a collaborative, online experience for sharing our research and learning from each other in the event that we are not able to travel. The Executive Committee will not be able to make a decision regarding the Convention until we get closer. We will keep you informed of any changes to our planning, including the registration timeline. In the meantime, Convention proposal submission deadline is still May 12 and proposal reviews are due May 31. Please keep these on your to-do list! 

UPDATE: The Executive Committee has extended the Convention Proposal and the Graduate Student Summit deadlines to 11:00 pm EST on Friday, June 12th. 

Visit the 2020 Convention webpage for additional information.


Guest Blog Series

UCEA is proud to introduce our new guest blog series! In response to questions and requests submitted to headquarters, we will be asking members of the UCEA community to share their experiences and expertise. Please visit the blog regularly for updates on a variety of topics important to the UCEA community.


Digital Pedagogy: as faculty continue to transition to online teaching, these resources could help inform our pedagogical decisions

Self care: these resources highlight the importance of taking care of ourselves while caring for others

Virtual Dissertations: resources for supporting students and faculty doing distance dissertation defenses

Policy Issues: As federal and state policies continue to change, there resources highlight issues pertinent to K12 and higher education

Other Resources

  • Link to APA for referencing cancelled AERA presentations


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the current status of UCEA20?

The UCEA Executive Committee are actively evaluating the public health situation along with data submitted through the 2020 Convention Intake Form.


2. When will the decision be made to cancel or offer an alternate UCEA20?

Future decisions to cancel or alter UCEA20 will be made as information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic becomes available in the coming weeks and months. 


3. What criteria does UCEA consider when evaluating the decision to cancel or offer an alternate Annual Convention?

The UCEA Executive committee will factor in information from the Center for Disease Control, national, state, and local governments, and our convention partners. Any decisions will be made with the health and safety of convention participants at the forefront. 


4. What would a virtual Convention look like?

While it is not possible to replicate the face-to-face elements of the convention, we will do our best to provide a platform of sharing research for quality educational leadership. We will provide more updates should we proceed down this path.


5. Will the proposal submission deadline or completed review deadlines be extended?

We will evaluate the situation as we get closer to the deadline and determine if deadline extensions are necessary. 


6. When does registration open for UCEA20?

Registration is being postponed until a later date to give us more time to evaluate our options. 


7. What to expect next?

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we will keep the UCEA community apprised of convention-related events through our website, email, and social media.