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  • Service and Leadership


    Global Principles for Professional Learning in Gifted Education Committee Chairperson, (2019 - present).  World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). Chair of international committee of thirty-seven international scholars tasked with developing global principles for professional learning in gifted education.  Paper published through World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and presented at 2021 international conference.

    Initiator and Development Member, (2019), World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.  Initiator and development member of international team to examine higher education standards globally in field of gifted education.

    International Dabrowski Congress Planner and Host, (2022). Selected as planner and host for the 14th International Dabrowski Congress.



    Leadership Development Committee Member, (2019-present), National Association for Gifted Children. Ten gifted education leaders from across the country will work with the national association in advocating for and serving gifted and talented students from all populations throughout the nation.

    Gifted Education Policy Symposium & Conference Developer and Host, (2009 – present); Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Develop annual gifted education policy symposium and conference; host speakers and presenters from across the country who are leaders in the field. Present the annual Palmarium Award acknowledging the individual most exemplifying visionary work in gifted education. (See more information on the above tab titled "Gifted Education Conference")

    Manuscript Reviewer, (2020 - present). Gifted Unlimited, LLC., Review gifted education manuscripts submitted for publication.

    Learning Exchange Reviewer, (2020).  Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Selected to review learning exchanges for the annual CPED Virtual Convening.

    Journal Article Reviewer, (2019), SAGE Publishing Journal.

    Text Proposal Reviewer, (2019), Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

    Promotion Dossier Reviewer, (2016), University of Texas at Austin.



    Higher Education Peer Reviewer, (2020-present). Colorado Department of Education. Selected to review higher education applications for the State of Colorado Gifted Education Program Endorsement designation.

    Board Member (2019 - present). Compositive Primary. Member of independent primary school with innovative delivery model serving the whole child. Denver, CO.

    Consortium Member (2015 - present). Colorado Council for Educators of Gifted and Talented Education (CCEGTE). Member of state level consortium to develop standards for higher education gifted education programs and to review submissions for endorsement approval, Colorado Department of Education.

    Higher Education Representative (2017 - present). Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT).  



    Search Committee Member, Appointed, (2021- present), Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Member of search committee for the national search for Dean of the Morgridge College of Education.

    Distance Learning Council Program Reviewer, (2013 - 2016), University of Denver. Part of university-wide group to examine distance learning offerings, determine challenges and raise solutions and provide support and direction.



    Appointments and Promotions Committee Co-Chair, (2017-present) Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Committee Co-Chair for design, review and recommendations of clinical faculty appointments and promotions. Committee responsibilities include: set policy, revise and update promotion documents, review appointment and promotion decisions, and design a professional development sequence for clinical faculty.

    Endorsement Committee Chairperson, (2016 – 2018). Colorado Department of Education, Gifted Education Endorsement for the Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Led Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Endorsement approval for Gifted Education Core, Gifted Education Specialist, and Gifted Education Director coursework and program development. Received endorsement credential.

    Teaching Evaluation Designer, (2015 - present), Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Led college-wide analysis of teaching practices, examination of university practices and expectations, and developed new, integrated model for adoption. Model adopted May 2017. Continuous improvement process implementation.

    Faculty Executive Committee Member, Elected, (2014 - 2018), Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Part of seven-member elected faculty team serving as liaison between college administration and faculty through regular meetings, development of new faculty governance model, and faculty professional development.

    Site Visit Team Member, Standard 1 Lead, (2014-2017), Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Report development and writing, site visit preparation and participation, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

    Search Committee Chairperson, Appointed, (2016 - 2017), Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Chair of Teaching and Learning Sciences search committee for Tenure Track faculty in Science Education and Curriculum and Instruction,

  • Program Development

    Education Doctorate with blended online delivery system, approximately 20 doctoral students per cohort from across the state of Colorado, across the United States and internally (2014-present):  Cohort 1:  2014; Cohort 2:  2017; Cohort 3: 2019; Cohort 4: 2021. Initiated, developed and implemented an education doctorate delivered in a blended model through the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.  Program now includes specializations from other content areas. 

    University of Denver, Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate CPED member (2012 – present): Part of Morgridge College of Education team to bring doctoral level programs for review and approval by CPED.  Participant in CPED convening, program analysis, learning communities and improvement practices.

    Institute for the Development of Gifted Education: research, publications, outreach, Palmarium Award decision committee, fundraising for programs, sponsored research-University of Denver (1998 – 2016):  As part of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, the Institute supports practice, conducts research, develops publications, serves the community, expands gifted education at the University level, and leads professional development.  

    Ricks Center for Gifted Children: Founder and Director of private school for gifted children serving 250 three year-olds through eighth graders; developed and administered program; hired and supervised associate directors, 45 faculty, graduate assistants and staff; administered annual budget of over $3.45 million; worked cooperatively with Ricks Center Board, led fundraising for new  36,000 square foot building, multi-million dollar endowment, scholarships, and program enhancements; collaborated with AdvancEd for continued school accreditation; provided instructional leadership in curriculum development, gathered and analyzed program evaluation data; recommended and implemented programmatic improvements; fostered and directed program growth,  University of Denver (1984 – 2013).

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