Welcome to Summer 2015!
The Department of Educational Leadership continues to be in full swing despite the number of students on campus decreasing since early May. The administrator preparation programs have held orientations and are beginning classes this summer for new cohorts in the University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (East, West, Stamford, PLUS-Hartford, and the Residency) and the Executive Leadership Program (ELP). The EdD cohort is enrolled in their Workplace Learning course this summer as well as an intensive research design and methods course as they gear up for their capstone projects this coming academic year. Husky Sport continues to work with the Hartford Public Schools, the City of Hartford, and community based organizations in Hartford through the end of the school year (June 19) and into summer programs. And, faculty are engaged in research and grant related projects throughout the summer as well.
We are looking forward to the incoming cohorts in all of our programs this fall. The sport management undergraduate program faculty will welcome 19 juniors into the upper division major this fall. Master’s programs in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) and Sport Management are on pace as well with the traditional 20 students in HESA, of more than 300 applicants, and 13 in sport management from close to 50 applicants. Perhaps most exciting is the growth in doctoral programs, both the PhD in Learning, Leadership and Educational Policy (LLEP), and the EdD. As a direct result of the new Dean’s Doctoral Scholars initiative across the Neag School, the LLEP will have 8 new students matriculating in the fall and the EdD is currently enrolling 16 students. The hard work of our faculty and current students in the recruiting, interviewing, and hosting efforts has paid off as such a large and accomplished group of students will be part of EDLR in the fall!
My thanks to all involved in the admissions process. We're excited to see the new administrators in training already this summer and to welcome the new students entering our programs in Storrs this fall.
- Jennifer Bruening
The Department of Educational Leadership (EDLR) engages in high quality scholarship and develops leaders who connect theory, practice, policy, and assessment within the following academic programs:
The Higher Education and Student Affairs Program is excited to announce that Blanca Rincon will be joining the Department of Educational Leadership faculty as a full-time, tenure track, assistant professor this fall.
Blanca is a California native and a graduate of the University of California Irvine where she received a BA in Sociology with a double minor in Chicano/Latino studies and Education. She currently is a doctoral candidate in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the 2014-2015 pre-doctoral fellow with El Instituto and the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She has been a valuable asset to the HESA Program, teaching and mentoring students on research methods, educational access, and diversity and equity, over the last year.
Blanca’s research agenda is concerned with equity issues in higher education, with a specific focus on factors that impact retention for racial and ethnic minority students in STEM. Blanca’s most recent publications include, “Low income students in Engineering: Considering financial aid and differential tuition” in the Journal of Student Financial Aid and “STEM Intervention Programs: Funding practices and challenges (In press) in the journal for the Studies in Higher Education. She was also recently selected for the prestigious emerging scholars program through the Association of Educational Research (AERA)—Division J.
Welcome and congratulations to Blanca!
In October 2014, a conference was held for more than 250 students, faculty and alumni to celebrate to 15th anniversary of naming the Neag School of Education. Preston Green, Morgaen Donaldson and Sarah Woulfin were three faculty that represented the Department of Educational Leadership, below are their presentations.
Having It Both Ways: How Charter Schools Try to Obtain the Funding of Public Schools and the Autonomy of Private Schools by Preston Green, Professor of Educational Leadership and Law.
"The Good Teacher. Are Current Policies and Practices Changing the Nature of Teaching in U.S. Schools?" by Suzanne Wilson, a Neag Endowed Professor, featuring EDLR's Morgaen Donaldson and Sarah Woulfin.
Click here for an entire list of presentations from the celebration.