Joyce VanTassel-Baska has served as an international and national consultant in Gifted education, most recently in Asia where she spent time in Singapore and Hong Kong. She has worked as a consultant on gifted education in all 50 states and for key national groups, including the U.S. Department of Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and American Association of School Administrators. Besides Asia, she has consulted internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates. She is past president of The Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Northwestern University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.
She recently retired from her position at The College of William & Mary where she was the Executive Director, Center for Gifted Education. She has published 26 books and more than 450 refereed journal articles, book chapters and scholarly reports. She was President of the National Association for Gifted Children and was most recently honored by the Association at their 2009 national convention for contributions to the field of Gifted education.
Dr. VanTassel-Baska has received numerous awards for her work, including the National Association for Gifted Children’s Early Leader Award in 1986, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 1993, the Phi Beta Kappa faculty award in 1995, and the National Association of Gifted Children Distinguished Scholar Award in 1997. She holds B.A., M.A., M. Ed., and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Toledo.