Dr. Jennifer L. Jolly (PhD, Baylor University) is director of the Gifted Education and Talent Development Office at the University of Alabama and professor in the College of Education. Her experience with gifted education spans over 20 years, beginning as a classroom teacher in Texas. She has held faculty positions in gifted education at Louisiana State University and the University of New South Wales (Australia). Currently, she co-edits the Journal for Education of the Gifted. Her research interests include parents of gifted children, homeschooling gifted and advanced learners, and the history of gifted education.
Dr. Joni Lakin (PhD, The University of Iowa) is an associate professor of Educational Studies (ESPRMC) and focuses on educational measurement, including test validity and fairness in gifted and talented identification. She is a co-author of the Cognitive Abilities Test® (Form 8) and explores how ability tests can increase the diversity of students identified for gifted and talented programs. She also conducts research and evaluation in STEM education to promote STEM retention and student diversity along the academic pipeline.
Dr. Kristen N. Lamb (PhD, University of North Texas) is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Alabama. Previously, she was a classroom teacher which she continues to use to inform her research as well as her work with other classroom teachers. She studies equity issues in advanced and accelerated academics, the role of creativity in the talent development of high ability students, and classroom conditions conducive to developing creative thinking and advanced academic achievement.