Title: Distinguished Professor and Founding Director
Company: Jodie Mahony Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Location: Maumelle, Arkansas, United States
Ann Robinson, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director at Jodie Mahony Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in gifted education administration.
Since 1986, Dr. Robinson has provided superior education with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as a professor of educational psychology, accepting the title of distinguished professor in 2021. In 2001, she founded the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University, which provides programs and services to talented students and their families, teachers, and administrators. The Center’s goals are to supply graduate education for individuals interested in teaching talented youth and in assuming leadership positions in the field of gifted education, to engage in research and scholarly inquiry on talent development among high ability learners and the educators who serve them, to provide professional development programs and services to educators who serve talented youth and to provide a learning laboratory for pre-collegiate learners and their educators and serve as a community resource for talented youth.
For her efforts in promoting education for gifted youth, Dr. Robinson has received the Early Leader, the Early Scholar, the Distinguished Service and Distinguished Scholar Awards from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), for which she had previously served as president. Over the course of her academic career, Dr. Robinson has secured over $20 million in external funding including three Jacob K. Javits demonstration projects in curriculum, instruction, and evaluation.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in literature from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Dr. Robinson continued her education with a Doctor of Philosophy in educational psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Before she began working with teachers at the university level, she taught high school English and elementary enrichment classes in grades three through six in Washington and in Indiana.
Dr. Robinson has written extensively on education for gifted students as an editor for Gifted Child Quarterly, the scholarly journal for the National Association for Gifted Children. She has also published “Recommended Practices in Gifted Education: A Critical Analysis for Teachers” in College Press, “Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-Based Guide” for Prufrock Press, “A Century of Contributions to Gifted Education: Illuminating Lives” for Routledge and has been a contributor to Professional Journal.
In addition to National Association for Gifted Children, Dr. Robinson’s professional memberships include the Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators and Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education. She has held visiting appointments at Wolfson College, the Cambridge Institute of Education, Cambridge University, and Brunel University in the U.K. and Monash University and the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Dr. Robinson attributes her success to her wonderful mentors that include her parents, who were very supportive. When she reached her doctoral program, her professor at Purdue University, John Frederick Feldhusen, was a fabulous mentor who opened doors and connected her to people and has been her life-long mentor. She considers her most notable achievement is her five years’ service as the editor of Gifted Child Quarterly.
Dr. Robinson’s goal in the coming years is to continue to publish her scholarly works. Her immediate goal is help her doctoral students get through the programs and mentor them as she was mentored. She would like to publish a second volume of her book, “Illuminating Lives,” a study of a century of contributions by prominent figures in gifted education.
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