Director of UConn’s National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education
Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli is a leader and pioneer in Gifted Education who was named among the 25 most influential psychologists in the world by the American Psychological Association. He received the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Award for Innovation in Education, considered by many to be “the Nobel” for educators, and was a consultant to the White House Task Force on Education of the Gifted and Talented. His work on the Enrichment Triad Model and curriculum compacting and differentiation were pioneering efforts in the 1970s, and he has contributed hundreds of books, book chapters, articles, and monographs to the professional literature.
Dr. Renzulli established UConn’s annual Confratute Program with fellow Educational Psychology Professor Sally Reis; the summer institute on enrichment-based differentiated teaching has served more than 25,000 teachers from around the world since 1978. Dr. Renzulli established UConn Mentor Connection, a summer program that enables high-potential high school students to work side by side with leading scientists, historians, and artists, and is the founder of the Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy in Hartford, which has become a model for local and national urban school reform.