The 25th annual UCEA Convention was held at the Westin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The convention opened at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon (November 16, 2011) and closed at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (November 20). The purpose of the 2011 UCEA Convention was to engage participants in discussing research, policy, and practice in educational leadership and administration. Members of the Convention 2011 Program Committee are Andrea K. Rorrer (University of Utah), Mónica Byrne-Jiménez (Hofstra University), Gretchen Generett (Duquesne University), and Ann O’Doherty (University of Texas–Austin).
The 25th Annual 2011 UCEA Convention theme, “Forecasting the Future of Leadership Preparation and Practice: Reclaiming Ground Through Research, Policy, and Politics,” recognizes that the field of university-based leadership preparation is contested, while the value of leadership preparation is under assault from multiple directions and by multiple stakeholders. Contested areas include what prerequisites are necessary for leadership practice, who should prepare school and district leaders, what they should learn, where they should be prepared, and what additional experiences are essential to developing effective leaders. Also under scrutiny are what results and outcomes (and for whom) can be attributed to leadership preparation, how we measure outcomes, and how these outcomes are used as well as what counts as successful school and district leadership and how success should be measured.