The Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) was established as a University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Program Center in June 1996 by Paul Begley (OISE / University of Toronto) and Margaret Grogan (University of Virginia). The original name of the program center was the Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics (CSLE).
Over twenty-five years later this UCEA program center continues its work and remains devoted to the support, promotion and dissemination of theory and research on values and leadership. The CSLEE is a consortium of faculty and research associates representing eight international university-based centers and institutes. The CSLEE now operates under its own constitution as well as having been a recognized program center of the UCEA since 1996. The executive board of the CSLEE is currently composed of 11 directors – an elected executive director and an elected associate director, and two appointed representatives from each of the seven member organizations.
The work of the CSLEE is directly relevant to the mandate of the UCEA. The UCEA’s strategic goals are listed as:
- Promoting, sponsoring and disseminating research on essential problems of practice.
- Improving the preparation and professional development of school leaders and professors.
- Influencing policy and practice through establishing and fostering collaborative relationships.
Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Center is to advance the understanding, appreciation, and practice of moral leadership in schooling. The Center is devoted to the support, promotion and dissemination of theory and research on values and leadership. Specific objectives include:
- To foster a high standard in the practice and study of ethical educational administration and leadership at all levels.
- To foster high standards in the preparation and continuing education of educational leaders.
- To promote inter-institutional exchange of teachers, students and practitioners of educational administration and leadership.
- To foster close links among those concerned with studying the role played by values and ethics in the improvement of educational administration and leadership in the United States of America and internationally.
- To encourage the establishment of national and international research partnerships among those universities concerned with the practice and improvement of ethical educational administration and leadership.
- To undertake any other activities which from time to time are seen by the Consortium to be in the interests of the Consortium and ethical educational administration and leadership.
- To recognize outstanding competence in, and signal service to, high standards in the study and practice of values and ethics in educational administration and leadership at all levels.
- To facilitate the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge about research and practice in values and ethics in educational administration and leadership.
- To foster the annual international conference and signature events, which highlight and promote the study of values and ethics in educational administration and leadership.
Leadership: CSLEE’s leadership team consists of an executive and associate director
Institutional Members: Nine global partners make up the institutional membership.
Individual Members: Interested individuals may also join CSLEE to support its mission.
Sample of Activities
- Sustained collaboration with faculty at seven university based centers world-wide
- Three (3) refereed journals published quarterly: VEEA, JALE and JEEL
- The development and teaching of graduate level and undergraduate level courses related to the center mission
- Over 20 short conferences, colloquia, institutes, pre-service & in-service projects
- Refereed journal articles published by center associates
- Edited academic books by center associates on values themes
- Over 18 books and chapters in books on values themes
- Regular internationally disseminated refereed conference papers
- A variety of research projects related to values and ethics in educational leadership