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Begley Honored with UCEA's Master Professor Award

News release about Paul Begley winning the UCEA Master Professor Award

begley_sml.jpg(December 2008)

Austin, Texas — Paul Begley, Penn State professor of educational leadership and executive director of the University's D. J. Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics, has been awarded the Master Professor Award by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). The UCEA Master Professor Award is given to an individual faculty member whose record is so distinguished that the UCEA must recognize this individual in a significant and timely manner. The award was presented at its 22nd annual convention in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

In addition to his other notable positions, Begley currently serves as the executive director of the Pennsylvania School Study Council, a professional organization for school administrators that focuses on professional development and research liaisons between the University and school districts. His current teaching and research interests focus on all aspects of school leadership, including the influence of values and ethics on school leadership practices, socializing influences experienced by aspiring principals, international images of effective school leadership, the ethics and procedures of performance appraisal, the administrator's role in school improvement, and state-of-the-art preservice and in-service practices for school leadership development (including online education).

Because of his extensive field development experience in Ontario and the Northwest Territories of Canada, Sweden, Hong Kong and Australia, Begley's work reflects a strong practitioner orientation. His recent publications include three books: The Ethical Dimensions of School Leadership (2003) published by Kluwer Press, The Values of Educational Administration (1999) published by Falmer Press, and Values and Educational Leadership (1999) published by SUNY Press.

The UCEA is a consortium of major research universities with doctoral programs in educational leadership and policy. The dual mission of UCEA is to improve the preparation of educational leaders and to promote the development of professional knowledge in school improvement and administration. UCEA headquarters is currently hosted by The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about the impact of high-quality leadership preparation, visit UCEA’s Web site.