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  • Biographical Description

  • Norma Hafenstein, PhD is the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences Department, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Dr. Hafenstein is lead faculty for gifted education, Full Clinical Professor in the Teaching and Learning Sciences department. She advises masters and doctoral degree students in education of the gifted and teaches graduate courses including Creativity: Theory and Practice, Psychological Aspects of the Gifted, Curriculum for the Gifted, Program Development, Leadership and Communication in Gifted Education, Instructional Strategies for the Gifted, Twice Exceptional Learners, and Research as Problem Identification, Intervention, and Application. Dr. Hafenstein serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee. She consults with schools across the country providing teacher training, curriculum design, and program development. Dr. Hafenstein established the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education in 1998 through support from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. In 1984, Dr. Hafenstein founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver and was director for 29 years. Dr. Hafenstein was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Emporia State University in 2012. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented in 2006 and in 2005, was presented with the Founder’s Day Distinguished Service to the University of Denver Award. Currently, Dr. Hafenstein is co-principal investigator for the Right4Rural Project, a Javits federally-funded initiative to identify and serve giftedness in rural Colorado communities. Her research interests include identification of giftedness in underrepresented populations, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, program effectiveness, and adult and generational giftedness.

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Hafenstein-Curriculum Vitae

  • Local/National Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

    Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented and Creative (CAEGTC)

    Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT)

    National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

    Serving Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

    University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)

    World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC)



  • Contact Information

  • University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education 1999 E. Evans Avenue, Room 359, Denver, CO 80208

    Office: (303)871-2527 or (303)871-2532


  • Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy

    School Administration, Education of the Gifted, Communications

    University of Denver, 1986

    Graduate Work in Educational Policy and Administration

    University of Kansas, 1981-83

    Master of Science

    Education of the Gifted, Special Education

    Kansas State University, 1980

    Bachelor of Science

    Elementary Teaching, Early Childhood, Piano Performance

    Emporia State University, 1979

This portfolio last updated: 30-Jul-2021 12:45 PM