Michael Dantley
UCEA President Michael Dantley

UTSA's COEHD hosts international conference

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 14, 2006)--The UTSA College of Education and Human Development recently served as institutional host for the 20th annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), an international organization.

The prestigious organization is a consortium of major research universities with doctoral programs in educational leadership and policy that works to improve the preparation of educational leaders and promote the development of professional knowledge in school improvement and administration.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo delivered the convention's opening address. The conference, held for the first time in San Antonio, focused on educational leadership and the intersection of democracy, social justice and globalization.

"The UCEA annual convention provided an important opportunity to discuss current and emerging issues that are critical to educational leadership in complex, rapidly changing contexts," said Betty Merchant, dean of the College of Education and Human Development and a conference presenter.

UTSA was invited to join the University Council for Educational Administration in November 2005 after a rigorous membership application process. During the San Antonio conference, Associate Professor Alan Shoho, a driving force behind the university's UCEA membership application, was honored for his efforts and elected to the organization's executive committee.

Conference participants included UTSA professors Bruce Barnett and Raymond Padilla; associate professors Alan Shoho and Page Smith and assistant professors Lucila Ek, Encarnacion Garza, Michael Jennings, Elizabeth Murakami-Ramalho, Maricela Oliva and Mariela Rodriguez.

Sessions offered by COEHD faculty members included: Preparing Administrators for Leadership in Language Diverse Communities; Principals, Social Justice, Accountability and Segregation; Zero Tolerance and Inequity: Re-evaluating Democracy, Social Justice and Policy for Minority Students in the New Millennium; and School Dropout of Chicano Students in a Bi-national Context.

Founded in 1947, UCEA promotes, sponsors and disseminates research on the problems of schooling and leadership practice; positively influences local, regional and national educational policy and improves the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professors. UCEA member universities include Fordham, Pennsylvania State, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.

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