Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership SIG 129
Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership SIG 129
SIG Purpose

LTEL-SIG brings together discipline specialists, educational theorists, curriculum developers, educational researchers, classroom experts, practitioners, policy-makers, and others concerned with teaching in Educational Administration. 

The LTEL-SIG provides a forum for:

  • Assessment of the relationship of teaching in educational administration to policy development at local, state and a managed conversation on issues related to teaching and learning in Educational Administration;
  • The integration of theoretical quantitative and qualitative studies of teaching in Educational Administration;
  • Discussion of investigations conducted in real educational settings, including investigations involving application of technology to learning and instruction;
  • Exploration of innovative methodologies; and
  • Analysis of the implications of research and practice for teaching in Educational Administration.

The Journal of Research on Leadership Education (JRLE), an electronic peer-reviewed journal, provides an international venue for scholarship and discourse on the teaching and learning of leadership across the many disciplines that inform the field of educational leadership. JRLE seeks to promote and disseminate rigorous scholarship on the teaching, learning, and assessing of leadership preparation and practice, the political and contextual issues that impact leadership education, and the links between leadership education and student learning. JRLE accepts empirical and conceptual articles and embraces both traditional and emergent research paradigms.

Message from SIG Chair

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Message from the SIG Chair, Spring 2023

Happy Spring Semester to all LTEL Members!

With about a month until AERA, I wanted to provide some important information to you that I hope will shape your planning for AERA and travel to Chicago. I want to draw attention to two events: 1) LTEL's Business Meeting and 2) a special session (by invitation to you/with RSVP required) that will be held at the University of Illinois Chicago.  I also wanted to share some forthcoming work that will occur by the LTEL Executive Committee.

1. LTEL Business Meeting

Our business meeting will be held on Thursday April 13 at 2:50-4:20pm at the Sheraton Grand Riverwalk, Level 4, Chicago Ballroom IX. New this year (and supported by AERA) is a virtual component (via Zoom) to our meeting--meaning that those who are unable to join us in Chicago can join remotely.  

I want to draw your attention to four things (from a slightly broader agenda) that will be happening during our business meeting: a) transition of LTEL executive committee members, b) presentation of LTEL graduate student and faculty awards, c) formation of a work group to consider action and advocacy in the context of recent state education policy initiatives, and d) sharing of equity-focused principal preparation program improvement work occurring within the Wallace Foundation's Equity-centered Pipeline Initiative (ECPI) project.  

LTEL Executive Committee Transitions:  Dr. Julie Gray is completing her term on the Executive Committee. Dr. Jo Beth Jimerson and Dr. Jennifer Clayton are newly elected to our executive committee. We will be collectively thanking Julie for her service and welcoming Jo Beth and Jennifer to our leadership team. Our graduate student representative, Dr. Meagan Richard has successfully defended her dissertation and has accepted an Assistant Professor post a Old Dominion University. We will be thanking her for her service and celebrating these two achievements.

LTEL Awards:  We have two award winner who will be recognized at our business meeting:  Dr. Liz Hollingworth for LTEL's 2023 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award and Dr. Ainsley Rudolfo for LTEL's 2023 Kottkamp Dissertation of the Year Award (and faculty advisor Dr. Terry Orr). Congratulations!!!

Working Group:  At our business meeting we will be seeking interested parties to join a working group focused on considering LTEL's action and advocacy in the context of some troubling recent state education policies/initiatives. If you won’t be attending our business meeting but would like to join this group, please email Meagan Richard at mricha44@uic.edu with your interests.  

Learning About Equity-oriented Preparation Program Improvement: We have invited programs engaged in the Wallace Foundation's ECPI project to share their work improvement work with us at our business meeting. We will be able to consider how these programs have defined equity and how they have conceptualized their graduate profiles for equity-oriented leaders (e.g. what are the key equity-oriented practices of program graduates). We will also learn about their work processes for taking on these areas of improvement work within their respective programs. A variety of program will be sharing their work with us including such programs as George Washington University, Towson University, University of Louisville, and University of Texas Austin.

2. Special Invitation Only Event hosted by the EdPrepLab and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

UIC is collaborating with the EdPrepLab to provide an AERA pre-con session on Wednesday April 12 from 1-4pm at UIC. IF you are interested in this event, you must RSVP (you can include other faculty members from your program on your RSVP). RSVPs are accepted as space is available so please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible. RSVP at the following link: https://forms.gle/nYPijh3iBMB7v9zC9

For this afternoon session, the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago invites you to a learning event with two areas of focus. First, this session will explore what it takes to establish and strengthen an assortment of diverse partnerships (e.g., local school districts, community agencies, city government) within a college of education for local impact. UIC's College of Education, which orients around a vision of community engagement, has nurtured an array of formal partnerships with organizations and agencies in its community. At this session, we will explore five different partnerships that have been formed for such purposes as early childhood educator preparation/development, principal preparation/development, and research practice partnerships. Secondly, we will explore how a college of education could impact state education policies. UIC faculty who have engaged in this work will discuss their efforts and impacts.

3. Executive Committee Vision Building Work Session

The LTEL executive committee is meeting during AERA to consider our organization’s vision for the next five years.  We will be thinking about what we most want to impact from our organization’s collective work from now through 2028.  If you have thoughts/ideas to share, will you please advance these to Meagan Richard at mricha44@uic.edu.

Looking forward to seeing you in my hometown for AERA. Here’s to a fab spring semester. Safe travels to Chicago!


Dr. Shelby Cosner

Professor and Director

Center for Urban Education Leadership

College of Education

University of Illinois at Chicago

Who We Are

Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership (LTEL) SIG

2019-2020 Executive Committee Roster


Term Length



Email Address




Shelby Cosner

University of Illinois at Chicago


Past Chair



Karen Sanzo

Old Dominion University




Erin Anderson

University of Denver erin.anderson249@du.edu



Daniel Reyes-Guerra

Florida Atlantic University dreyes@fau.edu

Program Chair


Maysaa Barakat

Florida Atlantic University


Program Co-Chair


Kathleen Cunningham

University of South Carolina


Newsletter Editor

2018- 2020

Nahed Abdelrahman

Texas A&M University--College Station


Newsletter Co-Editor


Tiffany Wright

Millersville University


At-Large Member


Timothy Drake

North Carolina State University


At-Large Member


Jo Beth Jimerson


Texas Christian University


At-Large Member


Jennifer Clayton George Washington University claytonj@gwu.edu

Graduate Student Representative


Meagan Richard

University of Illinois at Chicago



LTEL offers two awards:

The Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award is the result of merging the former Distinguished Research Award and former Outstanding Service Award, which were awarded biennially according to an even- or odd-numbered year cycle. The faculty award, which can be given annually, recognizes a significant contribution made by a professor to the broad field of educational leadership and administration preparation and development through moving forward practice, policy or research aligned with LTEL SIG’s purposes.

The Robert Kottkamp Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes a recent doctoral graduate as well as her or his dissertation advisor for research, evaluation, or scholarship that aligns with the LTEL SIG goals, mission, and purpose research. The dissertation, successfully defended during the previous calendar year, may investigate educational leadership preparation and development programs, assess the impact of preparation on leadership practice, examine policy issues related to state or national leadership standards assessment and credentialing, or contribute through disciplined inquiry to the knowledge base about learning and teaching in educational leadership. The dissertation award also recognizes the contributions by former SIG Chair Robert Kottkamp (emeritus professor at Hofstra University) and co-founder of the UCEA/LTEL SIG Taskforce on Evaluating Leadership Preparation Programs.