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National Educational Administration Meeting Features UK College of Education Faculty, Students

Photo provided by UK College of Education
Photo provided by UK College of Education.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2021) — The work of University of Kentucky College of Education faculty and students will be showcased at the University Council for Educational Administration’s (UCEA) annual meeting. Taking place in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 11-14, the event provides a platform to connect and share the latest information on preparing and serving as educational leaders.

“Making an impact in schools and communities is at the top of our priority list. To have our college’s faculty and graduate scholars invited to share impactful work on UCEA’s national stage shows the tremendous level of accomplishments they have been making. We are continuing to find ways to be innovative and ensure our work is reaching those it impacts most,” said UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig. 

Notably, two UK College of Education doctoral scholars taking part in conference sessions are part of the council’s Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network.  Rasheed Flowers, a scholar in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, was selected as a Jackson Scholar in 2020, and Stacey Love, a scholar in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies, was named a Jackson Scholar in 2021.  

The theme of this year’s UCEA meeting is "Emerging Stronger: Reuniting to Advance Educational Leadership."

Faculty and scholars accepted to take part represent the UK College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership Studies and Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. Additional details on presentation topics, including collaborators from other universities, can be found in the UCEA conference program

Department of Educational Leadership Studies presenters include: 

  • Jeri M. Heileman, Graduate Student Ignite Session, “Towards a Strategic Onboarding Process for Online Doctoral Students”; 

  • Stuart Keogh, Ian MacPhail, Jessica Martinkosky and Jane E. Walsh, panel discussion, with Stacey Love and Dan Wolford serving as facilitators, “Practitioners, Parents, and Students: How Does This Trifecta Impact Teaching and Learning in Times of Pandemic?”; 

  • Ellie Holliday and Amanda Potterton, paper session, “Education Abroad Health and Safety Policies: Analyzing Reliance on U.S. Federal Travel Guidance”; 

  • Justin M. Bathon, Erica Friis (Fayette County Public Schools), Ellie Holliday, Dan O’Hair (UK College of Communication and Information), Mary John O’Hair, Karen Perry, Amanda U. Potterton and Lu Young, panel discussion, “Leading and Learning in Times of Crisis: Twin Pandemics, Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, and Insurrections”; 

  • Justin M. Bathon, special session, “Leadership for Deeper Learning: Lessons From 30 Innovative, Deeper Learning Schools”; 

  • John Beuhring Nash, conversation on developing the Café Series podcast; and 

  • John Beuhring Nash, paper session facilitator, “Technological Innovations in Leadership Preparation and Development.” 

Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation presenters include: 

  • Kayla M. Johnson, paper session, “Learning on the Mountain: Illuminating Educational Inequities During COVID-19 to Develop Community-Informed Policy in Peru”; 

  • Julian Vasquez Heilig, paper session facilitator, “The Challenges of Leading Complex Organizations”; 

  • Rasheed Flowers, Jackson Scholars Network session, “Pray and Play: The Impact of Fellowship of Christian Athletes Among African American Football Players"; 

  • Julian Vasquez Heilig, paper session, “Beyond Social Justice: School Finance Equity and Civil Rights”; and 

  • Julian Vasquez Heilig, networking table facilitator, “Writing for Nonacademic Audiences.” 

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