Recent Publications

The New Instructional Leadership: ISLLC Standard Two

Co-published with UCEA, this exciting new textbook is the first to tackle the ISLLC Standard 2—Instructional Leadership. In light of recent curriculum reforms, accountability policies, and changing demographics, today’s leaders must not only have expertise in culture building and supervision skills, but also in adult learning, cultural funds of knowledge, curriculum, and the role of politics. The New Instructional Leadership helps aspiring school leaders examine their beliefs and practices about instructional leadership in relation to ISLLC Standard 2 and provides the theory, learning experiences, and analytical tools for effective leadership in today’s world.

Edited by Rose M. Ylimaki

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Just Ask!

Based on research highlighting the characterisitcs of effective leadership preparation programs, UCEA has developed a two-page guide for the public to differentiate between effective and ineffective leadership preparation programs.  The new guide, titled Just Ask: A Guide for Examining Leadership Preparation From UCEA, provides a set of questions that can be posed to leadership faculty, candidates and program graduates. 


Grounding Leadership Preparation & the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards in Empirical Research

Authors: Dianne Taylor, Pamela Tucker, Diana Pounder, Gary Crow, Margaret Terry Orr, Hanne Mawhinney, & Michelle D. Young

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The International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders

The British Educational Leadership, Management, and Administration Society (BELMAS), and the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM), this is the first book to provide a comprehensive and comparative review of what is known about the preparation and development of primary and secondary school leaders across the globe. It describes current issues and debates and offers an assessment of where the field of leadership development is headed. Key features include the following:

Global Focus: this book provides the first comprehensive look at leadership preparation and development across the globe. The chapter authors are distinguished scholars, drawn from the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, and Africa.

Topical & Geographical Focus: provides researchers and policymakers with critical descriptions and assessments of both topical and geographical areas.

International Expertise: chapter contributors are drawn from a variety of theoretical perspectives and represent all major continents.


The Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders

This comprehensive handbook is the definitive work on leadership education in the United States. An in-depth portrait of what constitutes research on leadership development, this handbook provides a plan for strengthening the research-based education of school leaders in order to impact leadership’s influence on student engagement and learning. Although research-oriented, the content is written in a style that makes it appropriate for any of the following audiences: university professors and researchers, professional development providers, practicing administrators, and policy makers who work in the accreditation and licensure arenas.


African American Perspectives on Leadership in Schools

This book fills an educational void in the school leadership literature as it relates to historical, theoretical, intellectual and cultural understandings among those who prepare individuals for leadership in schools and for those who practice leadership in schools attended by significant numbers of African American students. Contributors to this volume are scholars whose research and service in schools have been important in understanding the historical, intellectual, and cultural traditions that facilitate and support effective leadership and in schools where African American school leaders, teachers, students, parents, and their communities of support construct effective and productive “cultures of empowerment and achievement.” It is these cultures that this volume addresses for their efficacy to support, empower, and sustain visible and measurable achievement among African American students.


At a Crossroads: The Educational Leadership Professoriate in the 21st Century

This volume presents the results of a comprehensive study of educational leadership faculty and the departments and programs in which they work. It reports the characteristics, activities, and attitudes of educational leadership faculty members involved in university-based educational leadership preparation programs in 2008 and provides longitudinal comparisons with data reported in studies conducted since 1972. The findings are compared by type of institution and with respondents grouped by sex, race, administrative experience, type of appointment (tenure-line or clinical), length of time in the professoriate, and affiliation with the University Council for Educational Administration and the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Findings indicate that while the number of university-based leadership preparation programs continues to grow, the average faculty size has declined. Among major trends are the increase in female faculty members from 2% of the faculty in 1972 to 45% in 2008 and the reduction in gender differences in activities and attitudes since the mid-1980s. Also, over the past few decades, there has been a significant increase in faculty occupying non-tenure-line positions, having administrative experience, and focusing on leadership in general in contrast to a content specialization. These and other developments have significant implications for leadership preparation programs and for knowledge production in our field.


This is a book about research in educational leadership and school administration. It was sparked by the 2002 release of the publication Scientific Research in Education by the National Research Council (NRC) co-edited by Richard Shavelson and Lisa Towne.

Scientific Research in Education provoked unusual interest about research in education in general, and research methods in education specifically, leading to lively and sometimes hearted debate in the national education research community. Such dialogue occurred largely, though not exclusively, at American Education Research Association (AERA) and for professors of educational leadership, at University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

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Written for professors of school administration, Preparing School Leaders: Define a Research and Action Agenda provides an overview of the three key dimensions of leadership preparation in school administration: the history of how we arrived at where we are, a critical analysis of the current state of affairs,and an agenda for improvement. school_leaders_small
This book, the product of the task force on research co-sponsored by the American Educational Research Association Division A and the University Council for Educational Administration, sets an ambitious agenda for research in Educational leadership. Prominent scholars cover a broad range of topics. newagenda_small
The Authors present results of their comprehensive study of educational leadership that describes who faculty are, how they use their time, what they believe, and the nature of the units in which they work. The data, collected across three decades, is also compared with information on faculty across disciplines. Continuity.JPEG_small
The culmination of a unique collaborative research process, involving a study of 54 principals and superintendents. Representing the latest effort from the UCEA to enhance the knowledge base in school leadership by gathering data from principals and superintendents nationwide regarding their perceptions of their work and the problems they face. 1000voice_small
This work pulls together the narratives of seven professors in educational administration on their experiences in teaching ethics courses. While the Narrative reflects a diversity of traditions shaping interpretations of moral leadership, the authors situate them in their larger historical and epistemological contexts. Ethics.JPEG_small
The author cites recent unrest in the development of the profession of school administration as indicative of the need for a new center of gravity in the profession. Through critical analyses of developments in the field and efforts to reform, the author posits a new core for educational leadership. bbridges_small
Pathways takes the reader to the cultural dimension of the administrative decision-making process and singles out attributes of leadership that are critical to the task of institution building in formal organizations. Vulnerabilities of administrative power are considered in the context of Chester Barard’s ideas of “moral creativeness” and “moral responsibility”. pathways_small