Outreach Programs

National Council for Instructional Administrators

The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. The organization works to promote and represent the instructional mission of the community college in all programs and activities. NCIA is headquartered and staffed by the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and operates in partnership with the Community College Leadership Program at UNL. For information, contact Katherine Wesley.

UNL School Improvement Initiatives

Graduate students in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a variety of school improvement initiatives based on best practice during the course EDAD 948 Instructional Leadership. We are pleased to present these initiatives for your review on this web site.

Growth-Oriented Leadership Development (GOLD) Project

A new collaboration designed to address the shortage of future principals and strengthen professional development of current school leaders is underway. The project, entitled, Growth-Oriented Leadership Development (GOLD) is being coordinated by members of the UNL Department of Educational Administration (EDAD), in partnership with the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association (NRCSA), the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA), Educational Service Units (ESUs), and the Nebraska Department for Education (NDE).


Sybouts Student Research Symposium

The Sybouts Student Research Symposium is hosted by the Department of Educational Administration to give current graduate students an opportunity to present their research, connect with peers and learn of other opportunities that support student research. Student speakers share their research processes and experiences leading up to the completion of their respective proposal defense, thesis or dissertation.

Women in Educational Leadership Conference

The WELC conference provides an excellent forum for discussion of issues related to women in educational leadership. It was founded by Dr. Marilyn Grady in 1987 for Nebraska educators and has since grown to encompass a broader national audience of educators and administrators. In2023 upon the retirement of Dr. Grady, the department briefly paused to plan the future of WELC. The Department of Educational Administration remains committed to the important role it has played in bringing scholars, practitioners, researchers, faculty, and students together for professional learning, networking, discovery, and growth.