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Educator Joins UC’s National Presence in Educational Leadership

James Koschoreck is elected president of a national organization dedicated to building strong leaders to address the challenges schools face in the 21st century.

Date: 12/13/2007 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
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James Koschoreck
James Koschoreck

James Koschoreck, an associate professor in the Educational Leadership Program of the University of Cincinnati, is now president-elect of the national University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). The organization is a network of 78 doctoral degree-granting institutions in educational leadership that is dedicated to providing research and professional development to build on the success of schoolchildren by addressing the challenges affecting school leaders. Koschoreck will spend his first year of the three-year appointment as president-elect of the organization.

Koschoreck, who resides in Hebron, Ky., earned his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin and joined the Division of Educational Studies and Leadership in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, in 2000. The division’s programs of study provide research opportunities plus give students a foundation in the psychological, social and cultural issues examined by school leaders. Koschoreck’s research background includes accountability in relation to promoting diversity in school systems, including lesbian and gay issues in public education.

As a leader of UCEA, Koschoreck says he and other members spent a day on Capital Hill, briefing lawmakers on the educational challenges of the 21st century. “I think that one of the biggest challenges that educational leaders have today is that their role is not as narrowly defined as it used to be,” he says. “At one time, those duties focused on hiring teachers or making sure all of the children got on the bus. Today, that role has evolved into setting visions for schools and finding new and innovative ways to bring parents, teachers, community members and students all together in a unified vision of public education,” says Koschoreck.

As president-elect of UCEA, Koschoreck is planning the agenda for the organization’s annual meeting, which will be held Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, 2008, in Orlando, Fla.

In addition to the University of Cincinnati, other Ohio institutions that share membership in UCEA include Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Miami University, the Ohio State University, University of Dayton and the University of Toledo.

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