Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
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

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 QuarterlyLeadership 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 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

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 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

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