Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D.

Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D.

Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D., is a professor of gifted education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has diverse experiences in teaching gifted students; leading educational programs; designing, reviewing, and evaluating differentiated curriculum for advanced learners; and providing professional development. She has held leadership roles as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions; Academic Dean of the Summer Institute for Gifted at Princeton University; National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Chair of the STEM Network and the Counseling & Guidance Network; editorial assistant and guest editor for Roeper Review; and national columnist of “The Curriculum Corner” for Teaching for High Potential. She holds school leadership qualifications for school district superintendency, the principalship, counseling, and teaching across a range of content areas and age levels. She has received many awards for her service, scholarship, creative work, teaching, and educational leadership.

Dr. MacFarlane developed and implemented an early childhood curriculum for high-ability children across Arkansas and has delivered more than 150 presentations. She has authored or coauthored numerous articles, book chapters, technical reports, and refereed papers with publications in High Ability Studies, Roeper Review, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Parenting for High Potential, TEMPO, Understanding Our Gifted, and Gifted and Talented International. Dr. MacFarlane has also published four books, including Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programs in Specialized School Settings (2018), Second Language Learning for the Gifted: Connection and Communication for the 21st Century (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska and Ariel Baska, 2017), STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming (2016); and Leading Change in Gifted Education: The Festschrift of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska (with Tamra Stambaugh, 2009). STEM Education for High-Ability Learners was the first book of its kind on the market to bring together a discussion of the critical elements needed for delivering comprehensive STEM educational programming to develop high-ability talent in the STEM fields. It was positively reviewed in Teachers College Record, National Science Teachers Association—NSTA Recommends, and Roeper Review, and was translated into Arabic for worldwide readership.

Prior to joining the UALR graduate school faculty, Dr. MacFarlane worked at William & Mary in Virginia as the research assistant to the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education, Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, for 3 years, while earning her doctorate in educational policy, planning, and leadership with dual specializations in both gifted education program administration and K–12 school administration. She received the Arkansas Gifted Education Association Challenger Award, the Little Rock School District Community Resource Award, UALR Distinguished Teaching Fellow Medallion, UALR College of Education Faculty Excellence Award in Research and Creative Endeavors, UALR Graduation and Retention Advocacy Awards, Arkansas AGATE Educator Recognition, UALR New Faculty Teaching Commendation, 2008 NAGC Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, the 2008 William & Mary School of Education Dean’s Award for Excellence, the 2007 William & Mary Excellence in Gifted Education Doctoral Award, and the 2007 International P.E.O. Scholar Award.