Morgridge College of Education
University of Denver
From here to where?
My name is Joi and I am PhD student of Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in Gifted Education Leadership at the University of Denver. I am originally a multicultural military child who lived all over growing up. I moved to Colorado in 2004 to complete my B.S. in mathematics and secondary education at the University of Northern Colorado. In 2018, I earned my MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and am passionate about supporting the career development, satisfaction, productivity, and well-being of the gifted, talented, and twice-exceptional throughout their lifespan.
In 2015, I became aware of my own giftedness and have sought opportunity, community, and increased knowledge about gifted education ever since. In 2018, I enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Denver to further develop my knowledge and embark upon research to further excellent, equitable humanizing education for the gifted and the talented. My research interests include experiences of gifted adults in the workplace, career development of gifted and talented youth, and virtual instructional strategies for gifted and talented learners.
2018-2019, I enrolled as an Education Doctorate student of C&I at the University of Denver. I worked as a graduate research assistant and AIM-XL facilitator with the Center for Rural School Health and Education at the University of Denver to help school districts in southeast Colorado develop their Comprehensive Health and Wellness Plans through a Working to Improve School Health grant funded by the Colorado School of Public Health. I was also elected to serve on the College of Education Student Association (COESA) board as a student representative to the Morgridge College of Education's Strategic Plan Implementation Committee.
2019-2020, I worked as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Norma Hafenstein on several projects including: supporting the World Council of Gifted and Talented Children's Teacher Education Paper Committee; working on as editorial associate on the Perspectives on Gifted Education: Legal Issues monograph (Hafenstein, 2020); supporting event logistics for the 10th Anniversary Gifted Education Conference and Policy Symposium; and working as a Teaching Assistant to build courses on DU's virtual learning management system, Canvas. After brief stints as bookkeeper, organizing committee member, and jolly good fellow at the Gifted Development Center, I now serve as their Director of Professional Education. In April 2020, I switched from the EdD program to the PhD program of Curriculum & Instruction because of my interested in higher education, academia, and research.
2020-2021, I am a graduate assistant to the Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, a teaching assistant with Dr. Norma Hafenstein, and graduate assistant to I-REECCH, a U.S. Department of Education, five-year Jacob K. Javits Grant for Impacting Rural Eductaion through Expanding Culturally responsive curriculum, Computer science training and Higher order thinking skill development. Also, through my role as vice-president of COESA, I chaired the Fall 2020 Action Book Club on Ibram X. Kendi's How to be An Antiracist. In Spring 2021, I supported the Gifted Development Center's Salon Series I: Spotlight on the Inner Experience of Gifted Adults. I also began working as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, teaching aspiring educators about gifted education.
In 2022, I launched joilin.co to provide consulting, advocacy, research, and education services to individuals and organizations in order to support the career development and wellbeing of the gifted and the professionals who support us.