Organizations and Professional Associations

Organizations and Professional Associations

A primary aim of the department is to foster creative leadership among students. It is essential that students take advantage of the many opportunities which exist to work with peers in the area and with colleagues in the field of educational administration. Such associations provide for the exchange of ideas, the enhancement of professional growth, and in many instances offer the opportunity to gain experience in administrative leadership. Students whose only contacts with the Department consist of classroom experiences deny themselves of an essential and rewarding link in their professional education. Foreign students are encouraged to take part in the variety of activities aimed at helping one "feel at home" in addition to the development of professional friendships among faculty and peers.

Graduate Student Association

The ELP Graduate Student Association (ELP-GSA, as it is popularly known), consists of all students accepted into the Department on a full or part-time basis and is funded by student fees. It is part of the University Graduate Student Association enabling students to participate in University-GSA sponsored special interest clubs and events. The ELP-GSA student body is represented and served by an elected executive committee consisting of a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.

The primary mission of ELP-GSA is to develop a sense of unity among the Department's students. Its primary objectives are to provide for:

  • occasions for the exchange of knowledge and mutual assistance involving common educational endeavors;
  • the promotion of diversity and understanding of new knowledge in the field of education;
  • the dissemination of information to students from the University GSA, ELP Dept., and the Graduate School of Education;
  • opportunities for student involvement in ELP-GSA activities and related committees;
  • a communication link between the Graduate School of Education, ELP Dept. faculty and staff and students;
  • the general welfare and support of the Department and its pursuit of excellence in education;
  • student need and concern advocacy; and
  • social activities.

This group also meets regularly and acts as a liaison with the Department representing student concerns and problems. The president of ELP-GSA and four student representatives (two from EDA and two from SPF), elected annually, represent the student body at departmental meetings as fully participating members. They are involved in agenda development, discussion, debate, and vote on all except personnel matters. Eligibility to serve as a student representative and as a GSA officer is open to all students. Two-way communication between the student body and the department is maintained by the representatives through the departmental newsletter, memos, posted items and meetings. Notifications of meetings and other important information is posted on the ELP-GSA bulletin board in the purple conversation area near 468 Baldy.

Alumni Associations

Graduate School of Education Alumni Association was established during the 1990-91 school year under the direction of a Steering Committee comprised of local alumni from all graduate programs in Education. The Alumni Association aims for a blend of social and professional growth activities to meet the expressed wishes of its diverse membership. Membership in the GSE Alumni Association provides automatic membership in the UB Alumni Association with its benefits and services. Contact person is Dr. Jenifer Lawrence, 367 Baldy Hall.

The Society of Educational Administrators (SEA), is an organization of EDA alumni. Its purpose is:

  • to promote and encourage further growth of members in the field of educational administration;
  • to establish a permanent relationship among the alumni and students of the Program in Educational Administration;
  • to provide an opportunity for educational administrators to stimulate and encourage each other in areas of research and advanced education.

A directory of alumni is published periodically. Activities and meetings are held on a regular basis. Contact person is Stephen Jacobson.

Professional Associations

Students are encouraged to become acquainted with their professional associations and to participate in these as part of their own professional development.

American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) is a national association for the dissemination of information to higher education practitioners. The Association publishes the Journal of Higher Education. National and regional meetings are held regularly.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA) is a national association that has been in existence under different names for over a century. There is an annual meeting. Full-time student may join at a special rate. This is the primary reference group of school superintendents.

American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) started at UB, is aimed at university administrators in this country. Dr. Ronald Stein, Vice President for University Relations is the editor of the Association's journal,Journal of Higher Education Management. A national conference and regional meetings are held on a regular basis.

American Education Finance Association (AEFA) is a national association whose objective is the study of school finance and fiscal policy. The Association publishes the Journal of Educational Financeand sponsors an outstanding dissertation award. The annual conference is held in March each year.

American Educational Research Association (AERA), is a national association that promotes research. There is an annual meeting at which professors and students may present accepted papers. Full-time graduate students may join at a special rate. The AERA publishes a number of highly regarded scholarly journals including the Educational Researcher, The Journal of Educational Research, and The Review of Educational Research. Membership includes subscription to three journals. The Association has a number of special interest divisions. Contact is William J. Russell, Exec. Officer, 1230 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-9485 or any ELP faculty member.

American Educational Studies Association (AESA) was constituted to promote the academic study of education processes, and the improvement of teaching and research in areas related to educational studies. The journal Educational Studiesis published by this association. A meeting of general members is held annually. Membership details and other information may be obtained from Lois Weis.

Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) promotes the study of policy and practice for school business officials. There are three levels of membership--international, state and local. The Association publishes the journal School Business Officials. Apart from local monthly meetings, an annual international conference is held in late October. An annual state conference and an annual summer workshop are also held.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), focuses on the supervisory or administrative roles of educators as well as curriculum development and the evaluation of learning materials. It holds a national conference in the spring. Contact Katherine Koenig, Research Asst., 125 North West St., Alexandria, VA, 22314, 703-549-9110.

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is an association that is intended for faculty members and students of higher education. It holds several public meetings, and there is also a journal. A national conference is held yearly. Contact any of the Higher Education faculty.

American Vocational Association (AVA) is a professional organization for vocational educators. The Association publishes Vocational Education as well as a number of other publications. It holds some lobbying conferences, a national conference and State Association meetings are held regularly.

The Collegiate Association for the Development of Educational Administration in New York State (CADEA) consists of colleges and universities in New York State offering administrator preparation programs. UB is one of the charter member institutions. Its major purposes are: to improve the backing of school administrators and programs of development of school administrators in New York State; and to encourage research on problems of school administration.

Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) through its national and international meetings, serves as a forum for the scholarly and professional interests of educators, social and behavioral scientists, administrators and policymakers. CIES publishes a quarterly newsletter in addition to the journal, Comparative Education Review.

History of Education Society (HES) encourages research in the history of education through an annual meeting at which new scholarship is presented and through its quarterly journal, The History of Education Quarterly. The Society offers annual awards to the best books, published articles, and student dissertations in the field.

Immigration History Society provides a forum for research in the history of European, African, Asian, and Hispanic immigration and ethnic life in the United States through annual scholarly meetings (held in conjunction with the Organization of American Historians), its newsletter, and its quarterly journal, The Journal of American Ethnic History. This Society will be helpful to students interested in the education of minorities and in multicultural education.

National Association of Elementary Principals (NAEP)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National School Boards Association (NSBA)

National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE)

New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCSS)

New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)

Northeast Educational Research Association (NERA), is a regional organization that promotes research. It holds an annual meeting, usually in late October in New York State or New England. Professors and/or students may present accepted papers; there is a special provision for student membership. Thomas Shuell of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department can provide membership details.

Phi Delta Kappa is an international honorary society dedicated to promoting leadership, research and service in public education. The UB chapter holds monthly meetings during which topics of professional interest are discussed. Membership includes subscription to the Phi Delta Kappan magazine and newsletters. Membership is open to UB graduate students.

Philosophy of Education Society

School Administrator Association of New York State (SAANYS)

University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) consists of programs in educational administration of major universities in the United States and Canada. UB was one of the thirty-four charter members. It is governed by an executive Committee and a Plenary Session made up of a representative from each member institution. The program consists of a number of activities in which students may participate, including assistance with placement. UCEA publishes the Educational Administration Quarterly. The goals of UCEA are:

  • improving knowledge utilization in school systems served by member universities;
  • developing and implementing new approaches to knowledge utilization within an especially created university-school system partnership;
  • achieving a more complete understanding of the discrepancies between what is expected and what is delivered by educational programs;
  • achieving in UCEA universities the innovations and leadership needed to implement program redesign, given the marked changes in the demands for trained personnel; and
  • attaining greater knowledge integration in the field of Educational Administration.

Contact is Patrick B. Forsyth, Exec. Dir., Pennsylvania State University, 212 Rackley Building, University Park, PA 16802-3200.

Western New York Women in Administration (WNYWA)