The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. Each year, the UCEA Executive Committee invites member university faculties to select a distinguished school administrator who has an exemplary record of supporting school administrator preparation efforts. This is an unusual award in that it affords national recognition, but the recipients are selected by individual universities. It provides a unique mechanism for UCEA universities to build good will and recognize the contributions of practitioners to the preparation of junior professionals.
A call for award recipients is requested annually from member universities. UCEA Plenum Representatives should consult her/his colleagues and other constituencies designated by faculty to establish procedures leading to the identification of a worthy recipient at each university. Clearly, universities may choose not to make an award every year. To nominate a recipient the Plenum Representative or Dean of the College of Education should send by March 15th, 2013 the following packet to UCEA:
- A Letter of Nomination including information supporting your university’s selection of this individual and listing specific details about the nominee’s contributions to the professional preparation of school leaders, for which he/she is being honored (Word or .pdf formats only).
- A completed Nomination Form (see the link below).
- A brief professional bio of the nominee - no more than 300 words (must be a Word document).
After March 1st, UCEA will provide official certificates of recognition to universities who have designated a recipient. UCEA will publish the names of the award recipients and their sponsoring university in the UCEA Review and place the recipient’s names on the UCEA mailing list for one year. If desired, UCEA also will provide a boilerplate press release for announcing the award recipient to news agencies; however, the university may choose to coordinate this announcement through its public relations office in order to include additional information about the award presentation.
Please note that Plenum Representatives, or their designees at each member university, are responsible for making the award presentation at an annual departmental, college, or university ceremony. If you have a award ceremony that is very close to or before the March deadline, please contact UCEA Headquarters for expedited processing of the award.
Funds to establish the Educational Leadership Award were originally donated to UCEA by the Network of University Community School Districts, a consortium of school districts in university towns. However, UCEA now fully funds this important initiative.