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NCRGE Director Named Associate Dean


Professor Del Siegle has been named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs for the Neag School.

Siegle, a professor of gifted education in the Neag School’s Department of Educational Psychology, where he has served as department head since 2011, will officially join the Dean’s Office leadership team on Jan. 3, 2017.

In his new role, Siegle will serve as the dean’s designee on all matters related to research and faculty affairs and will work collaboratively with departments, programs, faculty, professional staff, and others on a range of responsibilities, including overseeing faculty personnel matters; providing leadership for the research enterprise in the Neag School; facilitating faculty development in the areas of tenure, promotion, and research; and serving as the liaison between the Neag School and UConn’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

“Del has a depth and breadth of knowledge and far-reaching scholarly success in education research on the national and international levels that make him an ideal fit for this position,” says Dean Gladis Kersaint. “We’re excited to have him take this position on as the Neag School continues to advance its research efforts and pursue meaningful scholarship in its strategic areas of focus, and we are grateful to Sandy Chafouleas for her dedicated service in the roles of Associate Dean and Director of Research over these past two years.”

Siegle joined UConn in 1999, after serving four years as an assistant professor at Boise State University. He is a past president of the National Association of Gifted Children and has served on the board of directors of The Association for the Gifted. He is chair of the AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG. He was co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics and is currently co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. He also writes a technology column for Gifted Child Today. His research interests include web-based instruction, motivation of gifted students, and teacher bias in the identification of students for gifted programs. Along with Gary Davis and Sylvia Rimm, he is an author of the popular textbook Education of the Gifted and Talented (6th ed.). He is the principal investigator and director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE).

South Korean Educators Visit NCRGE

A contingent of 73 gifted and talented educators from South Korea recently visited the National Center for Research on Gifted Education at the University of Connecticut. The group of teachers is touring the U.S. to learn more about gifted education practices. NCRGE director Dr. Del Siegle share recent NCRGE research findings and NCRGE Research Associate Dr. Rachel Mun share results of the recently completed review of literature on identification and service practices with EL gifted students. Dr. Mun is fluent in Korean and made her presentation in Korean.

South Korean Educators Visit NCRGE

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Rashea Hamilton Receives Dissertation Award

Dr. Rashea Hamilton was selected as the recipient of the 2015 William E. Loadman Outstanding Dissertation Award for Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. This award is given annually to the Ph.D. student who has completed and defended the most outstanding dissertation in each academic area during the previous year. Dr. Hamilton joined the NCRGE as a Research Associate in October 2015.

Rashea Hamilton receives dissertation award

Picture: Dr. Rashea Hamilton (center) is presented with a William E. Loadman Dissertation Award by donor Professor Emeritus William E. Loadman (left) and Dr. Eric Anderman, her advisor and the chair of the Department of Educational Studies.

NCRGE Director Receives National Award for Impact on Gifted Education

Dr. Del Siegle was recognized for his impact on gifted education as recipient of the 2016 Palmarium Award, presented Feb. 4 in Denver.

The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education at the University of Denver presented the award during its annual conference.

Siegle is a professor of gifted and talented and Head of the Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at UConn. He also serves as director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, the federal government’s only funded national center on giftedness.

The Palmarium Award is presented to the individual most exemplifying the vision of the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education: A future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced and systemically nurtured throughout the nation and world. Recipients demonstrate that vision through practical impacts on education, advocacy outreach, educational publications and influential research.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the third annual Palmarium Award,” Siegle said.

After receiving the award, Siegle delivered a talk titled Tips for Making a Difference in Young People’s Lives, addressing important attitudes toward learning that enable young people to be successful.

Siegle is a past president of the National Association for Gifted Children, the largest organization dedicated to promoting the needs of gifted and talented children. He is also chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG. With over 650 state, national, and international presentations and over 100 articles, book chapters, and books on gifted and talented education, Siegle is nationally recognized for his work on motivation and underachievement of gifted students.