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Doctoral candidate to present at international conference

Thanks to support from The Donald J. Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics, doctoral student Andrew Pendola will present his research at the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education conference in Ontario.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the past 20 years, The Donald J. Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics (CSLE) has supported students interested in values and leadership in education. This year, the center will continue its support by giving a student the opportunity to present research at the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) conference.

Held in London, Ontario, the conference spans two days and will focus on research related to “Leadership in Uncertain Times.” Andrew Pendola, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Theory and Policy, will present his research which explores the ways rational decision-making frameworks in educational leadership and administration may contribute to suboptimal ethical behaviors.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to meet and collaborate with others in the field who can challenge and broaden my perspective,” said Pendola, who is one of nearly 100 international professionals and researchers who will present at the conference.

The center, which is directed by faculty members Dana Mitra and Erica Frankenberg,  funds educational leadership students who have been selected to make ethics and values-related presentations at major academic conferences. Previous funding has supported participation in the Values and Ethics in Leadership Conference, The American Educational Research Association annual meeting, the Education Law Association conference and the University Council for Educational Administration Annual meeting.

 “CSLEE is a consortium of faculty and research associates that represent eight international, university-based center and institutes, including our center here at Penn State,” Mitra said, adding that CSLE aims to provide yearly support for a student researcher to attend the annual conference.

“Since he came to Penn State, Andrew has demonstrated his dedication to ethics and now the center can help support his conference trip and give him the opportunity to meet with and learn from others interested in this same area,” she said.

The CSLEE conference will be held Oct. 20-21 at Western University in London, Ontario, and will feature presentations that address issues in ethical leadership, ethics and education across local and global contexts.

By Jessica Buterbaugh (October 2016)