Faculty & Staff Directory

Jonathan Plucker, PhD

Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development

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Jonathan Plucker, the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, works in both the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. His research examines education policy and talent development, with over 200 publications to his credit and over $40 million in external funding to support his work. His recent books include Excellence Gaps in Education, with Scott Peters (Harvard Ed Press); Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education, with Carolyn Callahan (Prufrock Press); Intelligence 101, with Amber Esping (Springer); and Creativity and Innovation (Prufrock Press). He is an APA, APS, AERA and AAAS Fellow, and a recipient of the 2012 Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement from APA and of the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry education and M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut. After briefly teaching at an elementary school in New York, he received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia.

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D., Educational Psychology with emphasis in statistics and research methodology, University of Virginia
M.A., Educational Psychology: Special Education, University of Connecticut
B.S., with honors in Secondary Chemistry Education, University of Connecticut

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Books
Plucker, J., & Esping, A. (2014). Intelligence 101. New York: Springer.

Plucker, J., & Callahan, C. M. (Eds.). (2014). Critical issues and practices in gifted education: What the research says (2nd ed.). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Plucker, J., & Callahan, C. M. (Eds.). (2008). Critical issues and practices in gifted education: What the research says. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Kaufman, J., Plucker, J., & Baer, J. (2008). Essentials of creativity assessment. New York: Wiley.

Recent Publications
Plucker, J. (2015). A critical response to “The psychology of creativity: A critical reading.” Creativity: Theories-Research-Applications, 1(2), 228-232. DOI: 10.15290/ctra.2014.01.02.09

Plucker, J., Esping, A., Kaufman, J. C., & Avitia, M. A. (2015). Creativity and intelligence. In S. Goldstein, D. Princiotta, & J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of intelligence: Evolutionary theory, historical perspective, and current concepts (pp. 283-291). New York: Springer.

Esping, A., & Plucker, J. (2015). Alfred Binet and the children of Paris. In S. Goldstein, D. Princiotta, & J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of intelligence: Evolutionary theory, historical perspective, and current concepts (pp. 153-161). New York: Springer.

Hartley, K.. A., & Plucker, J. (2014). Teacher use of creativity-enhancing activities in Chinese and American elementary classrooms. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 389-399. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.961771. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NJUgPgEpe9FxFcSXA98I/full

Makel, M. C., & Plucker, J. (2014). Facts are more important than novelty: Replication in the education sciences. Educational Researcher, 43, 304-316. DOI: 10.3102/0013189X14545513.

Long, H., Plucker, J., Yu, Q., Ding, Y., & Kaufman, J. C. (2014). Research productivity and performance of journals in the creativity sciences: A bibliometric analysis. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 353-360. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.929425. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/A5T3ujuntv2drEpzGFYx/full

Hardesty, J., McWilliams, J., & Plucker, J. (2014). Excellence gaps: What they are, why they are bad, and how smart contexts can address them … or make them worse. High Ability Studies, 25, 71-80. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/CxEN4szD3IFXscJ6xbNj/full

McWilliams, J., & Plucker, J. (2014). Brain cancer, meat glue, and shifting models of outstanding human behavior: Smart contexts for the 21st century. Talent Development and Excellence, 6(1), 47-55.

Plucker, J., & Callahan, C. M. (2014). Research on giftedness and gifted education: Status of the field and considerations for the future. Exceptional Children, 80, 390-406. DOI: 10.1177/0014402914527244.

Plucker, J., Qian, M., & Schmalensee, S. L. (2014). Is what you see what you really get? Comparison of scoring techniques in the assessment of real-world divergent thinking. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 135-143. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.901023. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/gsnq4DiaCgUuqxB2r4gs/full

Harris, B., & Plucker, J. (2014). Achieving equity and excellence: The role of school mental health providers in shrinking excellence gaps. Gifted Child Today, 37(2), 110-116.

Prusinski, E. L., Ruddy, A., Plucker, J., & Cierniak, K. A. (2014). Chartering new waters: The Indianapolis mayoral transition and the charter school community. Educational Policy. DOI: 10.1177/0895904813510776

Makel, M. C., & Plucker, J. (2014). Creativity is more than novelty: Reconsidering replication as a creative act. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8, 27-29.

Plucker, J., & Esping, A. (2014). Developing and maintaining a website for teaching and learning about intelligence. Intelligence, 42, 171-175. DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2013.08.007.

Plucker, J. (2014). Managing our expectations: What we can and can’t learn from innovations in teacher quality in other countries. In F. M. Hess & M. Q. McShane (Eds.), Teacher quality 2.0: Toward a new era in education reform (pp. 203-218). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Makel, M. C., & Plucker, J. (2014). School choice. In J. A. Plucker & C. M. Callahan (Eds.), Critical issues and practices in gifted education (2nd ed.; pp. 545-552). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Burroughs, N., & Plucker, J. (2014). Excellence gaps. In J. A. Plucker & C. M. Callahan (Eds.), Critical issues and practices in gifted education (2nd ed.; pp. 255-265). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Plucker, J. (2014). Review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8, 262-263.

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2016 – Present  Julian Stanley Professor of Talent Development, Endowed Chair appointed jointly between the School of Education and Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2012 – 2016 Professor and Raymond Neag Endowed Professor in Education, Joint Appointment in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1997 – 2012 Professor of Educational Psychology and Cognitive Science, Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Assistant Professor, 1997-2001; Associate Professor, 2001-2006)

1995 – 1997 Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Measurement, Maine Education Policy Research Institute, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Various Visiting Professor: Shaanxi Normal University, (2012-2013); Wedge Visiting Professorship, Western Kentucky University (2011, 2014); University of New South Wales (2010); East China Normal University (2009-2012); Duke University, Durham, NC (1998)

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

 

2011 – Director, National School Choice Resource Center (U.S. Department of Education funded)
2010 – 2011 Associate Vice Provost/Special Advisor for the Social Sciences, Indiana University
2010 – 2012 Director, Indiana Complex Operations Partnership, Indiana University
2009 – 2012 Director, Consortium for Education and Social Science Research, Indiana University
2004 – 2012 Director, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University (Director, Indiana Education Policy Center, & Interim Director, Indiana Center for Evaluation, 2003)

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 – Present Publications and Editorial Committee, International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
2016 – Present Charter School Program Evaluation Review Group, U.S. Department of Education
2015 – 2016 Study Group, Assessing Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies, National Academies of Science
2008 – 2010 Teacher Quality Leadership Team, Education Commission of the States, Denver, Colorado
2007 – 2008 Board of Education, St. Charles School, Bloomington, Indiana
2007 Advisory Committee, Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of Public Attitudes Toward Public Schools
Various Research Assistant, University of Virginia (1993-95) & University of Connecticut (1991-92)
1992 – 1993 Teacher, West Point (NY) Elementary and Middle Schools

 

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Major External Honors
2017 Selected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association
2016 Selected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science
2015 Curry School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Virginia
2013 Distinguished Scholar Award, National Association for Gifted Children
2012 Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (APA Division 10)
2011 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2010 Neag School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, The University of Connecticut
2009 Emerging Leader Award, Phi Delta Kappa International
2009 Elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association
2008 Top 40 Under 40 Outstanding Graduate, The University of Connecticut
2007 E. Paul Torrance Award, National Association for Gifted Children
2001 Daniel E. Berlyne Award for outstanding research by a junior scholar, American Psychological Association Division 10 – Psychology & the Arts
1998 National Association for Gifted Children Early Scholar Award

 

OTHER EXTERNAL HONORS

2017 Christian Science Monitor influencer poll panel
2012 Honorary Advisory Board, American Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
2011, 2013-2016 Ranked in Top 100 of the Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings
2008 Legacy Book Award, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, Scholar Category
2008 Honorary Advisory Board, Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies, National Chengchi University
2003 OTRP Instructional Resource Award from The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Esping, A., & Plucker, J. A.) to expand intelligence web site
2000 Mensa Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research
1998 National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Award
1997 Honorable Mention for Gifted Child Quarterly Paper of the Year
1997 Mensa International Award for Excellence in Research

 

INTERNAL HONORS

2005 Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant, IU Teaching & Learning Technology Centers (Esping, A., & Plucker, J. A.) to expand intelligence web site
2004 Poynter Fellowship on the Ethics of Childhood
2001 Indiana University SBC Fellowship to develop intelligence web site
2000 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Presentation Award, IU Dean of Faculties Office
2000 Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University School of Education

 

SELECTED GRANTS AND CONTRACTS

PI or co-PI on over 100 grants and contracts totaling approximately $40 million, including:

Federal Sources
National Research Center on Gifted Education, U.S. Department of Education, $2,000,000, 2014-2016 (co-PI)
Testing the Effectiveness of CALM for High School Chemistry Students, U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, $2,019,809, 2009-2013
Training for OSEP Project Officers, US Department of Education, $10,226, 2008
Leveraging Educational Technology to Keep America Competitive, U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with Granato Consulting Group, $3,100,000, 2007-2009
Evaluation of “Iterative Model Building: A Program for Training Quality Teachers and Measuring Teacher Quality,” National Science Foundation, $50,000, 2007-2009
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Institute for Education Sciences, Institute for Education Sciences and Synergy Enterprises, $117,094, 2007
Afterschool Randomized Controlled Trial: The Voyager Passport Program in Kentucky 21st Century Community Learning Centers,  The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL, 2006-2008, $603,543
Experimental Evaluation of a Full-Day Kindergarten Program, U. S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, $802,418, 2005-2008
Evaluation Technical Assistance, U. S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement and Synergy Enterprises, 2005-2010, $834,604
Technical Assistance Contract to Teaching American History Grantees, Synergy Enterprises and U. S. Department of Education, $363,141, 2004-2008
Teaching American History Program Analysis and Technical Assistance, U.S. Department of Education and Synergy Enterprises, $195,431, 2004-2006.

State Sources (Indiana)
Evaluation of the School Improvement Fund Program, Indiana Department of Education, $760,000, 2008-2009
Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Indiana Dept of Education, $171,872, 2007-2009
Evaluation of the Indiana Statewide Longitudinal Data System, Indiana Dept of Education, $109,964, 2008-2009
Responses to Scientific, Research-Based Interventions as a Tool for Instructing Students with a Learning Disability: A Multi-Year Study, Indiana Department of Education, $196,401, 2008-2009
Evaluation of the Power-Up for Science project, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, $11,818, 2008
Evaluation of the Indiana State Charter School System, Indiana General Assembly, $100,000, 2007-2008
Public Opinion Survey on Higher Education Issues, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, $34,109, 2007
International Benchmark Research, Indiana Department of Education, $4,000, 2007
Survey of Indiana School Counselors, Central Indiana Educational Services Center, $7,499, 2006-2007
Learn More Survey Project, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, $415,429, 2005-2010
Evaluation of the Computer Assisted Learning Method for Chemistry, Indiana Dept of Education, $10,000, 2005
Alternative Education Program Profile Project, Indiana Department of Education, $87,237, 2005-2010
Special Education Service Delivery Study, Indiana Department of Education, $384,091, 2005-2007
Impact of School Corporation Consolidation in Indiana, Indiana Department of Education, $13,811, 2005-2007
Indiana Dept of Education Charter School Research and Technical Assistance Project, $235,000, 2004-2005.
Evaluation of the Reading First Program, Indiana Department of Education, $1,368,345, 2003-2009.
Research-Based Reading Reform: Technical Support for Indiana’s Early Intervention Grant Program, Indiana Department of Education, $729,144, 2002-2008.

State Sources (Other than Indiana)
New York State Charter School Grant Program Evaluator, New York State Education Dept, $178,123, 2009-2014
Evaluation of the Ohio Leadership Forum Project, Ohio Department of Education, $40,881, 2006-2007
Help Me Grow Developmental Evaluation Tool Alignment, Ohio Department of Health, 2006-2007, $97,238
Evaluation of the Kentucky Transition to Teaching Program, $105,000, 2005-2008
Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program (CSTP) Evaluation, Ohio Department of Education, $50,763, 2005
Evaluation of the HIV/AIDS Take Action, Keep Educated Project, Georgia Dept. of Health, $28,500, 2005-2006
Georgia Charter Schools Program Evaluation, Georgia Department of Education, $19,557, 2005
Identification of Students who are Limited English Proficient as Gifted, Ohio Dept of Education, $46,500, 2005
Evaluation of the Kentucky 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, $1,194,696, 2004-2010.
Evaluation of “Expanding the Pool” Teacher Recruitment Pilot, Ohio Dept of Education, $251,354, 2003-2005.

School District Sources
Evaluation of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Project RISE, School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, $500,000, 2007-2012
Evaluation of Indianapolis Charter Schools, City of Indianapolis, $462,000, 2007-2010
Evaluation of the Administrator Incentive Program, School Board of Miami-Dade County, $10,000, 2007
Evaluation of Montgomery County’s Community Alliance to Promote Education (CAPE) Grant, Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, $45,000, 2006-2010
Evaluation of the IPS 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative, $55,000, 2005-2008
Evaluation of the Indianapolis Public Schools/National Urban Alliance Literacy Program, $143,473, 2004.

Foundation Sources
Creation of a Report Card Assessing State-level Support for Advanced Education for Low-Income Students, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, $30,521, 2014
Evaluation of the European Amgen Scholars Program: An Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology, Amgen Foundation, $90,499, 2008-2010
Evaluation of the Advancing Academic Excellence Program, American Student Achievement Institute and Lumina Foundation, $40,000, 2006-2008
Evaluation of the Amgen Scholars Program, Amgen Foundation, $440,533, 2006-2010
Evaluating Comprehensive Cancer Control in Indiana, American Cancer Society Found’n, $189,828, 2004-2010
Education Resource Center Evaluation, Simon Youth Foundation, $90,253, 2004-2005.

Other Sources
Preparing for the Future: Research on 21st Century Skills, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, $64,502, 2014
Evaluation of CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Education, Purdue University (National Science Foundation), $73,114, 2009-2012
Common Goal Educational Initiative Evaluation Study, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, $38,724, 2009-2010
Study of Educational Adequacy, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, $12,341, 2009
Evaluation Services for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, KPB School District, $19,924, 2009-2010
Improving Student Achievement & Supporting High Quality Instruction in Indiana through the Diagnostic Tools of Acuity: An Evaluation Study, CTB McGraw-Hill, $263,868, 2008-2010
Evaluation of the Kentucky Math Coaching Program, Northern Kentucky University, $55,858, 2008-2010
Evaluation of “Life Sciences Tech. Training in Southern IN,” Ivy Tech Community College, $59,584, 2007-2010
Evaluation of National Consortium to Develop Community Service Opportunities for Youth, Corporation for National and Community Service, $103,174, 2006-2009
Program Evaluation of College Mentors for Kids, College Mentors for Kids, Inc., $53,198, 2007
Developing National Student Engagement Surveys for Chinese Secondary and Higher Education: Effective Practice for an Era of Mass Schooling, Indiana University Faculty Research Support Program, in partnership with the IU East Asian Studies Center and Center for Postsecondary Research, $82,061, 2007-2008
Evaluation of the Vocation Awareness Project, Indiana Network Higher Educ. Ministries, $25,000, 2006-2009
Evaluation of the Indiana Youth Institute’s Fatherhood Initiative, Indiana Youth Institute, $99,879, 2006-2007
Evaluation of the IYI Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Project, $182,264, 2004-2007
Evaluation of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis IndyAfterSchool Program, $56,396, 2004-2007
Full Day Versus Half Day Kindergarten: Review and Analysis of National and Indiana Data, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, $19,906, 2003.

 

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

 

Editorial Boards
2017 – Present  Learning and Individual Differences
2015 – Present  Thinking Skills and Creativity
2014 – Present  High Ability Studies
2011 – 2016 Psychology of Popular Media Culture (APA journal)
2008 – Present  International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving
2006 – Present  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (APA journal)
2005 – 2006 Journal of Secondary Gifted Education
2003 – Present Journal of Creative Behavior (reviewer, 2002)
2002 – Present  Creativity Research Journal (reviewer, 1992-2002; action editor, 1999, 2005, 2011, 2017)
1998 – 2003 Contributing Editor, Roeper Review
1997 – 2002 Journal of Research in Rural Education (reviewer, 1995-1997, 2002-present)
1996 – 2001 Journal of Research in Science Teaching (reviewer, 1995-1996, 2001-present)
1995 – Present Gifted Child Quarterly (reviewer, 1994-1995)

Ad Hoc Review Responsibilities
Reviewer for Addictive Behaviors, African Journal of Business Management, American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Evaluation, Asia Pacific Education Review, Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Behaviour & Information Technology, Brain Research Bulletin, British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, Current Drug Abuse Reviews, Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy, Educational Psychology (Poland), Educational Researcher, Empirical Studies of the Arts, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, European Journal of Psychology in Education, European Psychologist, Exceptional Children, Frontiers of Psychology, Imagination, Cognition, & Personality, International Journal of Psychology, International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Science, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of General Psychology, Journal of Personality, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Research in Personality, Journal of School Choice, Journal of Women & Minorities in Science & Engineering, Learning and Individual Differences, Medical Hypotheses, Perceptual and Motor Skills, PLOS ONE, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Reports, Public Health Nutrition, Research in the Schools, Review of General Psychology, Science, Talent Development and Excellence, Urban Review

Guest Editor Responsibilities
2015 Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(2), creativity and education
2014 Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8(1), replication and research quality
2012 Gifted Child Quarterly, 56(4), future of the field
2008 Phi Delta Kappan, P-16 education
2006 Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, new voices in gifted education
2001 – 2002 Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across Disciplines, giftedness
2001 Roeper Review, new and emerging conceptions of intelligence
2000/2001 Creativity Research Journal, J. P. Guilford’s influence on the field
1997 & 2000 NASSP Bulletin, school violence prevention (2000) and giftedness and talent (1997)

Other Editorial and Review Responsibilities
2017 Proposal Reviewer, Poland National Science Center
2016 Proposal Reviewer, French National Research Agency
2016 Proposal Reviewer, U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation
2016 – Present    Series editor, Psychological Perspectives on Education, Information Age Press
2015 Proposal Reviewer, Imagination Institute
2015 Proposal Reviewer, Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
2013 Conference proposal reviewer, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
2012 & 2014 Proposal Reviewer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patents4Humanity Awards
Other Editorial and Review Responsibilities, continued
2010 – Present    Advisory Board, Education and Creativity Book Series, East China Normal University Press
2008 – Present    Proposal Reviewer, Hong Kong Research Grants Council
2007 Proposal Reviewer, Israel Science Foundation
2004 Proposal Reviewer, Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF)
2003 – Present    Panel Member and Ad Hoc Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation
2003 Proposal Reviewer, two grant review panels for the U. S. Department of Education
2001 – 2003 Proposal Reviewer, SENG Research Grants Program
1996 – Present    Reviewer, Academic Press, Allyn & Bacon, APA, Cambridge Univ. Press, Corwin Press, Elsevier, Harvard Ed. Press, Indiana Univ. Press, Lawrence Erlbaum, Longman, Merrill-Prentice Hall, NAGC, Oxford Univ. Press, Sage, Sinauer, Taylor & Francis, Teachers College Press, Yale University Press
1992-2000 Reviewer, National Research Center on the Gifted & Talented Monograph Series
2000 Section Reviewer, What Works with Talented Youth, U.S. Department of Education
1996 Proposal Reviewer, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS (2015 - PRESENT)

Over 300 presentations at international, national, regional, and local conferences, annual meetings, and symposia. Recent presentations include:

Plucker, J. A. (2017, April). The future of the science of creativity. Presentation at the Hungarian Talent Development Summit, Budapest, Hungary.
Plucker, J. A. (2017, February). Excellence gaps in education. Keynote at the annual Sarah D. Barder Teaching Fellows Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Plucker, J. A. (2017, February). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Presentation at the Brooklyn Tech High School Parent Association Parent Workshops, Brooklyn, NY
Plucker, J. A. (2017, February). Preparing for success in college and life: A professor’s perspective. Presentation at the Brooklyn Tech High School Parent Association Parent Workshops, Brooklyn, NY. [two presentations] Plucker, J. A. (2017, February). Excellence gaps in Kentucky. Invited, online presentation to the Victoria Fellows Program, Bowling Green, KY.
Plucker, J. A. (2017, February). Excellence gaps in education. Invited presentation to the Baltimore County Public Schools Parent Advisory Committee for Gifted Education, Windsor Mills, MD.
Plucker, J. A. (2017, January). Excellence gaps in education. Invited presentation to the Baltimore County Public Schools, Timonium, MD.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, December). Preparing for success in college and life: A professor’s perspective. Invited presentation at the CTY Pathways to College Family Conference, New York University, New York, NY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Using research to inform advocacy efforts in gifted education. Keynote at the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education annual conference, Harrisburg, PA.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Success in college and life: A professor’s perspective. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education annual conference, Harrisburg, PA.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education annual pre-conference, Harrisburg, PA.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Addressing excellence gaps: Promising strategies for developing diverse talents of diverse students. Workshop led at the Learning Edge Conference, Provo, UT.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Presentation at the Learning Edge Conference, Provo, UT.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Addressing excellence gaps: Promoting high achievement in the 21st century. Keynote at the Learning Edge Conference, Provo, UT.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Everything I know about gifted education I learned by editing an 800-page book with Carolyn Callahan. Presentation at a symposium at the National Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Orlando, FL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Needed research on gifted LGBTQ students: Barriers and potential solutions. Presentation at a symposium at the National Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Orlando, FL.
Peters, S. J., Rambo-Hernandez, K. E., & Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Does time spent in school influence excellence gaps? A multilevel exploratory study. Paper presented at the National Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Orlando, FL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, November). Excellence gaps in education: Policy and research considerations. Invited talk at the National Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Orlando, FL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Preparing for success in college and life: A professor’s perspective. Parent session at Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Professional development session at Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Excellence gaps. Professional development session at Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Excellence gaps in Ohio. Invited presentation to the Ohio State Board of Education, Columbus, OH.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Excellence gap. Keynote at the Ohio Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Columbus, OH.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help people have more of it. Invited presentation at the Ohio Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Columbus, OH.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Preparing for success in college and life: A professor’s perspective. Invited presentation at the Ohio Association for Gifted Children annual parent day, Columbus, OH.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Remarks on the excellence gap. Keynote at the annual meeting of the Prichard Committee, Lexington, KY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Excellence gaps. Invited presentation at the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education fall symposium, Lexington, KY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). The importance of policy in gifted education. Invited presentation at the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education fall symposium, Lexington, KY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help people have more of it. Invited presentation at the Stonehill College annual faculty development day, Easton, MA.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, October). Excellence gaps in Alabama. Keynote at the Alabama Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Birmingham, AL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016. September). Excellence gap as a pressing civil rights issue. Panel presentation, Institute for Education Policy Symposium, Johns Hopkins University. Available at https://vimeo.com/183351069.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, August). Creative articulation. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Denver, CO.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, August). What elements of creativity may be domain general? Presentation at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Denver, CO.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, August). Applied research in education: Lessons learned in promoting large-scale educational change. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Ed.D. program, Baltimore, MD.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, June). Addressing excellence gaps: Promoting high achievement in the 21st century. Invited presentation at the annual Arizona Leading Change Conference, Tucson, AZ. (presented three times)
Plucker, J. A. (2016, June). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Keynote at the annual Davidson Young Scholars Summit, Reno, NV.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, June). Parenting for creativity. Invited workshop at the annual Davidson Young Scholars Summit, Reno, NV. (presented three times)
Plucker, J. A. (2016, June). Things I’d like you to know: Excellence gaps, policy, and the lives of exceptional students. Invited presentation for the Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. (delivered online)
Plucker, J. A. (2016, June). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Invited keynote at the Think.Create.Share. conference, California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, April). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Invited CTY parent presentation, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, April). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Keynote at The 4th Forum on Culture, Education and Creativity, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, April). Excellence gaps: The role of translational research in implementing large-scale educational change. Invited presentation at the Beijing Normal University Forum on Assessment and Promotion of Creativity, Beijing, China.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, April). Advances in creativity research. Beijing Normal University Forum on Assessment and Promotion of Creativity, Beijing, China.
Callahan, C. M., Plucker, J. A., & Young, M. (2016, April). Raising the bar for all: Successful gifted programming for students of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups. Presentation at the National School Boards Association annual conference, Boston, MA.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, April). Blazing new trails: Strengthening policy research in gifted education. Invited paper presentation at the inaugural European-U.S. Summit on Talent Development, Washington, DC.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, March). Things I’d like you to know: Excellence gaps, policy, and the lives of exceptional students. Invited presentation for the Victoria Fellows program, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY (delivered online)
Plucker, J. A. (2016, March). Preparing for success in college and life: A professor’s perspective. Invited presentation at the CTY Pathways to College Family Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, March). Excellence gaps: What they are, why they’re bad, and what you can do about them. Invited presentation to the Illinois Math and Science Academy underrepresented populations committee, Aurora, IL. (delivered online)
Plucker, J. A. (2016, March). Helping our children be successful in the 21st century. Invited keynote at the annual meeting of VOCES, American Camping Association Tri-State Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Invited presentation at the Kentucky Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Lexington, KY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Everything I know about gifted education I learned by reading an 800-page book. Invited presentation at the Kentucky Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Lexington, KY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Using research to inform advocacy for gifted learners. Keynote at the Kentucky Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Lexington, KY.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Invited community presentation at U-46 School District, Elgin, IL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Critical issues and practices in gifted education what the research says. Invited inservice presentation at U-46 School District, Elgin, IL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Creativity and constraints. Invited workshop (led twice) at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Naperville, IL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Top 5 myths about gifted education and the Common Core. Invited presentation (delivered twice) at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Naperville, IL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, February). Excellence gaps: What they are, why they’re bad, and what you can do about them. Invited presentation (delivered twice) at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children annual conference, Naperville, IL.
Plucker, J. A. (2016, January). Excellence gaps: The role of translational research in implementing large-scale educational change. Invited presentation at the biennial Science of Learning Symposium, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Subotnik, R., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., Plucker, J. A. (2015, November). Top 20 principles from psychology for preK-12 teaching and learning: Applications to G/T education. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Association for Gifted Children, Phoenix, AZ.
Harris, B., & Plucker, J. A. (2015, November). Acceleration and economically vulnerable students: A review of the research. Paper presented at the NAGC annual conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, November). Equal talent, unequal opportunities. Paper presented at the NAGC annual conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Harris, B., & Plucker, J. A. (2015, November). The role of school mental health providers in shrinking excellence gaps. Paper presented at the NAGC annual conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, November). Excellence gaps and equal talents. Invited presentation at the Arizona Systems Leaders Forum, Phoenix, AZ.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Closing the excellence gap. Invited panel presentation at the annual conference of Foundation for Excellence in Education National Summit on School Reform, Denver, CO.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Everything I know about gifted education I learned by reading an 800-page book. Invited presentation at the annual conference of the Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented, Loveland, CO.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Using research to inform advocacy for gifted learners. Invited keynote at the annual conference of the Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented, Loveland, CO.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). A floor not a ceiling: The Common Core and gifted students. Invited presentation at the annual conference of the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, Des Moines, IA.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Creativity and constraints. Invited presentation at the annual conference of the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, Des Moines, IA.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Invited presentation at the annual conference of the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, Des Moines, IA.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Why excellence gaps? An examination of Iowa data. Invited keynote at the annual conference of the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, Des Moines, IA.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Creativity: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to help children have more of it. Invited workshop at the annual conference of the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students, Baltimore, MD.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Everything I know about gifted education I learned by reading an 800-page book. Invited workshop at the annual conference of the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students, Baltimore, MD.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, October). Using research to inform advocacy for gifted learners. Invited keynote at the annual conference of the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students, Baltimore, MD.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, August). Critical issues and practices in gifted education: What the research says. Invited keynote at the biennial conference of the World Council on Gifted and Talented Children, Odense, Denmark.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, August). The “state of the art” in the science of creativity: Theory, research, education, and assessment. Invited workshop at the biennial conference of the World Council on Gifted and Talented Children, Odense, Denmark.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, June). Recent research on creativity and its implication for teachers. Invited keynote at the Duke TIP Summer Institute, Chapel Hill, NC.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, May). Preparing for success in college and life: A professor’s perspective. Three invited presentations at the annual Exploring Expertise conference, Storrs, CT.
Giancola, J., & Plucker, J. A. (2015, May). The Equal Talents report and its policy implications. Webinar presented to the Council of State Directors of Gifted Education.
Makel, M., & Plucker, J. A. (2015, April). The five stages of research quality grief. Invited panel presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, March). Using research to inform advocacy efforts. Invited presentation at the Annual NAGC Affiliates Conference, Washington, DC.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, March). Top 5 myths about gifted education and the Common Core. Invited presentation at the Alabama State Department of Education (delivered online).
Plucker, J. A. (2015, March). Identifying the need for and assessing the quality of replications in education research. Invited workshop at the National Science Foundation, Ballston, VA.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, March). Research on creativity. Panelist at the SXSWedu Conference, Austin, TX.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, February). Can gifted education survive the Common Core? Invited presentation and panel discussion, Fordham Institute, Washington, DC. Video available at: http://edexcellence.net/events/can-gifted-education-survive-the-common-core.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, February). Current landscape on how states serve high-achieving students. Invited keynote, Closing the Excellence Gap: Advocating for High-Achieving Low-Income Students, A Convening of Principals from Selective Public High Schools, Lansdowne, VA. Video available at: http://youtu.be/4MYsk9uiC0s.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, January). The development of the international third party education evaluation
for K-12 schools. Invited workshop at the YiTai Roundtable, Beijing, China.
Plucker, J. A. (2015, January). Promoting educational excellence: Recent research and reflections on the future of gifted education. Invited symposium, Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (CURRENT)

 

•Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009 – Present; Elected Fellow in 2011)
-Sections: Education (Q), Psychology (J), and Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (K)
-Symposia reviewer for annual meeting, 2012, 2013

•Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (1993 – Present)
-Divisions C (Learning & Instruction), D (Measurement & Res Methodology), L (Education Policy & Politics)
– Charter Schools SIG, Research on Giftedness & Talent SIG: At-large Member of Board of Directors 2009-2011, Founding editor of SIG’s e-journal (Gifted Children) 2006-2007, Publications Committee, 2004 – Present (Chair, 2005 – Present), Program Chair, 1996 – 1997 (Asst. Program Chair, 1995 – 1996)

•Fellow of the American Psychological Association (1997 – Present; Elected Fellow in 2009)
-Division 10, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts: Webmaster, 2000 – 2003; Awards Committee, 2004; At-Large Member, Executive Committee, 2002 – 2005, 2011 – 2014; Treasurer-Secretary, 2005 – 2006, President-elect/Program chair, 2006 – 2007, President, 2007 – 2008, Past-president, 2008 – Present, Fellows Committee Co-chair, 2009 – Present
-Division 15, Educational Psychology: Electronic Communication Committee, 2002 – 2003
-Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education: Division 10 representative, 2013 – 2015
-Coalition on the Psychology of High Performance: Division 10 representative, 2014 – 2015

•National Association for Gifted Children (1991 – Present)
-Board of Directors (2014-2017)
-Research & Evaluation Division (Chair, 2001 – 2003)
-Publications Committee (2012 – Present), GCQ Paper of the Year Review Committee (2008), Bylaws & Policies Committee (2005 – 2007), Awards Committee (2004 –2005), Governance Task Force (2004 – 2006), Committee on Diverse Student Populations in Gifted Education (2001 – 2003), Exec. Director Search Comm. (2003 – 2004), Convention Program Advisory Committee (2001 – 2004), Task Force on Gifted Education at the Secondary Level (1995 – 1997)

•Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (2014 – Present; Fellow in 2016)

•European Council for High Ability (2016 – Present)
-Scientific Committee, 2018 Conference, Dublin, Ireland

 

SELECTED UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Johns Hopkins University School of Education
• Ad Hoc Promotion Appeals Committee (2016)
• Gifted Education Program, program lead (2016-Present)
• Doctoral Programs Committee (2016-2017)
• Assessment Committee (2016-2017)

University of Connecticut
• President’s Task Force on Civility and Campus Culture (2013-2014)
• Steering Committee for Institute for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (2013)
• Working subgroup for Campus Strategic Planning Committee (2014)
• Ad Hoc Task Force on AAAS Fellow Nominations (chair) (2014-2015)

University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
• EDLR Scholarship Committee (2013)
• Neag Online Steering Committee (co-chair) (2013-2015)
• EPSY Syllabus Design Committee (2015)

Indiana University
• Major Committees: Office of the Vice President of Research Faculty Advisory Committee (2007 – 2009); Faculty Affairs Committee (2007 – 2010; Chair, 2008 – 2010); Research Integrity Committee (2005 – 2007, 2008 – 2010); Budgetary Affairs Committee (2005 – 2012); University Faculty Council (2008 – 2010); Assessment and Program Review Task Force (Chair, 2010 – 2012)
• Other Committees: Search Committee for Executive Financial Officer in the Office of the Vice President for Research (2011); On-line Placement Test Task Force (2010 – Present); Core Campus Dean Review Policy Working Group (Chair, 2009); FRSP Proposal Review Committee (2009); IU Research Scholars Fellowship Program Advisory Committee (2006 – 2007); TLTC Grant Proposal Review Committee (2006); Research Compliance Inquiry Committee (2004 – 2005, 2009-2010[chair]); Grant-in-Aid Review Committee (2004); Wells Scholars Advisory Committee (2002 – 2005); Search Committee for Director of Wells Scholars Program (2002 – 2003); President’s Summer Research Undergraduate Proposal Review Committee (2002, 2003); Dean of Students Advisory Committee (1998 – 2001)
• Task Forces: UFC Task Force on Core Campus Administrator Review Policies and Procedures (Chair, 2009); Provost’s Task Force on Graduate Assistant Fee Remissions (2006); President’s Task Force on Indiana’s P-16 Plan (2003); Chancellor’s Task Force on Responding to the Lilly Endowment RFP on Indiana Brain Drain (2003); Chancellor’s Task Force on Freshmen Curriculum Reform (2000); Chancellor’s Task Force on Feasibility of an IU-based high school for the arts (1998 – 1999)
• Frequent Speaker at Admissions, Orientation, and Continuing Studies events (1998 – 2012)

Indiana University School of Education
• Promotion & Tenure Committee (2010 – 2011)
• Search Committee for Instructional Systems Technology faculty member (2007 – 2008)
• Search Committee for director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (2006 – 2007)
• Charter Schools Task Force (Co-chair, 2006 – 2007)
• Faculty and Budgetary Affairs Committee (2001 – 2004; Chair, 2002 – 2004)
• Educational Technology Services Advisory Committee (2003 – 2004)

Indiana University Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
• Program Head, Learning, Cognition, & Instruction Program (2002 – 2003, 2005 – 2008)
• Merit Review Committee (1999, 2002, 2003)
• Educational Psychology Admissions Committee (2000 – 2003)
• Search Committees for four positions (2001 – 2007)
• Director, Preparing Future Faculty program; Supervisor of Associate Instructors (1998-1999)
• Chair, Educational Psychology Associate Instructor Selection Committee (1998)

 

 

SELECTED CONSULTING

 

K-12 Education: Austin (TX) Independent School District, U-46 (Elgin, IL) School District, Lawrence Township (IN) Metropolitan School District, Monroe County (IN) Community Schools Corporation, Round Rock (TX) Schools, South Harrison (IN) School Corporation, Wabash County (IN) School Corporation, Tippecanoe County (IN) Schools
Higher Education: Beijing Normal University, East China Normal University, Herron School of Fine Arts, Johns Hopkins University, Rotterdam Business School, Shaanxi Normal University, University of Malaya, University of South Australia
State Departments of Education: Alaska Department of Education, Florida Department of Education, Indiana Department of Education, New York Department of Education
Corporate: Bates USA Indianapolis, Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw (London), Business Connect China
Non-profit: American Camping Association, American Enterprise Institute, Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented, Fordham Institute, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Partnership for 21st Century Skills

 

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