UCEA Jackson Scholar Network

    UCEA has facilitated the development of a robust pipeline of faculty and graduate students of color in the field of educational leadership.

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    Graduate Student Summit

    The UCEA Graduate Student Summit (GSS) is an annual pre-conference event organized by the UCEA Graduate Student Council.

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    Graduate Student Council

    UCEA invites applications for new Graduate Student Representatives to serve for two years as members of the UCEA Graduate Student Council (GSC).

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    David Clark Seminar

    The David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy

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Graduate Student Focus


Graduate Student FAQ

What is UCEA?

The University Council for Educational Administration is a consortium of 92 higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children.

Tell me about the Graduate Student Council…

How did it start? In the spring of 2011, current UCEA Executive Director, Michelle Young, shared her vision for an established, formal presence of graduate students in the organizational structure of UCEA. Subsequent collaboration between UCEA home office graduate research assistants, members of the UCEA Executive Committee, and the Executive director lead to the development of basic roles for the council and initial membership.

What do they do? The Graduate Student Council has a variety of organizational foci. Our primary goal is to increase the presence and voice of graduate students within the larger organization of UCEA. We seek this increased presence via the establishment of formal governance duties, the expansion of research opportunities for graduate students, the development of the Graduate Student Summit, and other initiatives.

How can I join? The Graduate Student Council has a formal succession protocol and recruits new member every year so that the group is self-sustaining, ensuring a lasting presence within UCEA. Recruitment and selection procedures generally happen in the mid-late spring for new members to the council as well as identifying other leadership opportunities for students who what to become involved.

What is the annual convention all about? Why should I go?

The UCEA annual convention is an opportunity for educational administration scholars, graduate students, and practicing administrators to share their research and knowledge through a variety of presentations, panels, site visits, and more. The convention typically takes place in November and the host city rotates each year.

Who are the UCEA member institutions?

A list of UCEA member institutions can be viewed here: https://members.ucea.org/member-directory/organizations

Do I have to present something to be in attendance at the annual convention?

Absolutely not! In addition to panels, presentations, posters and speakers that characterize the sharing of knowledge at the annual convention, there are a variety of ways for non-presenters to be involved. These include interactive sessions, site visits, networking opportunities, volunteering opportunities, awards banquets, receptions, and more.

How do I fund my travel? 

First, check with your program/department to see what travel funding opportunities are available for graduate students. Second, check with the college to which your program belongs, or the graduate school of your institution. It is not uncommon for universities to have a multitude of funding opportunities for graduate students wishing to travel to conventions for the purpose of presenting and/or professional learning.
Divisions A (Leadership) of AERA frequently announces travel funding for graduate students interested in attending UCEA. Visit them here: https://www.facebook.com/AeraDivisionA?ref=br_tf

When and where are the future conventions?

November 16-19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado
November 15-18, 2018 in Houston, Texas
November 21-24, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana

What programs does UCEA offer that are specifically for graduate students?

Find out everything there is to know about the Clark Seminar and the Jackson Scholars program by visiting this page:http://www.ucea.org/graduate-student-development-home/

What are the typical deadlines and dates for the convention?

The deadline for the proposal submission is typically near the beginning of the second week of May. Although there is not a solidified, recurring time for the convention, it is generally held in November.  Please visit the Events page for information on current and past conventions: http://www.ucea.org/events/

Where can I read about the submission process?

We have a separate FAQ dedicated to the proposal submission and review process. Check it out here!

What does a “good/accepted” proposal look like?

We’re glad you asked! We have an entire page dedicated to answering this question. Check it out for yourself!

Can practicing administrators attend/benefit?

Yes, absolutely! It is not uncommon for presentations at the annual convention to have practicing administrators as presenters. To get a feel for the presence of administrators in past conventions, you can visit the convention archives here: http://www.ucea.org/conference_category/conventionarchives/

What education journals are out there? What are they about? How can I learn more about them?

As graduate students we put our blood, sweat, and tears into our scholarship. Still, it can be daunting finding the appropriate outlet for our scholarly work. We have compiled a living document which catalogues a variety of ed admin, policy, and methodological journals. We hope you find this resource helpful.

Please note this document is comprised of three sheets: 1) educational administration journals, 2) general education and policy journals, and 3) methodological journals. Visit our journal spreadsheet here: http://bit.ly/X7GMYx

If you know of another journal that you feel should be a part of this list, please let us know.

What other education organizations are out there, and when do they hold their conferences?

Most of us are familiar with UCEA and AERA, but what other educational organizations are out there? What are they “all about”, and when do they hold their annual conventions? We have compiled a living list of conferences that we think you will find helpful in determining where to submit proposals and which conferences to attend in order to learn more about your research interests. 

You can view the list here: http://bit.ly/Z0kCGG

If you know of a conference that you think should be added to the list, please let us know.

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