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 LTEL SIG Chair Summer 2022


As a longtime member of the LTEL SIG, I am both honored and excited to take over the leadership of LTEL SIG beginning Summer 2022 following my friend Karen Sanzo, who has served as the LTEL chair for the last three years.  Let me take a moment to briefly introduce myself to our LTEL community and to share various pieces of information for our members.

Currently I am a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the department of Educational Policy Studies. I am also the Director of the UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership. You can learn more about work that we are doing in the Center for Urban Education Leadership at https://urbanedleadership.org/

In a nutshell, I bring a several key areas of expertise and a broad assortment of experiences to my role at LTEL chair. My expertise relates to leadership for school improvement with particular attention to the development of organizational capacities that support improvement, the preparation and development of educational leaders, and the continuous improvement of leadership preparation programs.  In addition to my current leadership post at UIC, I am also a member of UCEA’s Executive Committee and have previously chaired AERA’s Leadership for School Improvement (LSI) SIG. Additionally, I serve on several editorial boards including Educational Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and the Journal of Educational Administration.  Prior to my role as Center Director at UIC, I also served as one of the co-leaders for UIC’s doctorate program in Urban Education Leadership—which is one of just several preparation programs that has been identified as Exemplary by UCEA.  Important to LTEL, I am deeply engaged in leadership preparation/development research and development both throughout the US and in other parts of the globe—with a focus on the Global South and Middle East.  For most of the last decade I have been tapped by The Wallace Foundation to provide mentoring support to university-based preparation programs as these programs engage in continuous improvement. Before coming to UIC, I earned my Ph.D. from UW-Madison and had a long career (before grad school) as a principal and district-level leader.

LTEL Nominations: LTEL is currently populating a nominations committee who will be responsible for building a slate of potential candidates for various LTEL leadership positions that are open for 2023.  These include the role of secretary and member at large (2 positions).  Please contact me at sacosner@uic.edu if you are interested in being added to the slate of candidates for our next election.

LTEL Newsletter Fall 2022: LTEL’s next newsletter (Fall 2022) will be forwarded electronically prior to UCEA. If you have information for inclusion in this newsletter, please forward information to Tiffany Wright at Tiffany.Wright@millersville.edu

LTEL Business Meeting at Seattle UCEA: LTEL will have a business meeting for LTEL’s executive committee members at UCEA in Seattle. We will be using this time to consider new LTEL initiatives and projects. Please contact me at sacosner@uic.edu if you have thoughts about future projects that are worthy of LTEL attention.

LTEL Sessions at Seattle UCEA:  Once the UCEA schedule is published, we will post information on LTEL sessions on this website.  Stay tuned.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with LTEL-related thoughts, insights, and questions! I am looking forward to working with and serving you these next three years.



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


Julie Gray


University of West Florida


Graduate Student Representative


Meagan Richard University of Illinois at Chicago mricha44@uic.edu


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. 

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