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Elissa F. Brown

Distinguished Lecturer, Gifted and Talented Education, Special Education

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Director, Hunter College Center for Gifted Education

Dr. Brown advises students and teaches all the graduate education courses for the Advanced Certificate Program in Gifted Education.  Before joining Hunter, she served as the Director of Teacher Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. State Director of Gifted Education. From 2002-2007, she was the Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary, where she directed an international research center and taught graduate courses. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member for several universities, including Duke University and Rutgers University. She served as a USEd grant manager, a gifted program coordinator, a principal of a selective high school, and a teacher of the gifted.

Dr. Brown earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Georgia, her MA Ed. in Special Education from Western Carolina University and her PhD. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership, with a specialization in gifted education, from the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA.


Dr. Brown teaches all four courses in the Advanced Certificate Program in gifted education and is the program coordinator. The 12-credit program is designed to provide educators with a solid background of expertise in gifted education, and to enable educators to work effectively with gifted learners and take leadership roles in the field.

Dr. Brown was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. Association for Gifted and Talented; the 2004 Early Leader Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Dean's award from the School of Education at the College of William and Mary in 2007.

She is a published author and presents widely. She has coordinated state and national conferences and has presented at many national conferences including the National Association for Gifted Children, and the American Education Research Association (AERA). She has served on the Board of Directors for the NC Association for Gifted and Talented, the Virginia Association for the Gifted, and the NC Association for Research in Education.  In addition, she consults for many schools and agencies providing services to children who are gifted and talented. 


Dr. Brown has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals,  as well as book chapters on a variety of topics in gifted education, ranging from policy impacts on gifted education, curriculum intervention and efficacy studies, teacher instructional practices, Response to Intervention (RtI),  and Common Core state standards . Dr. Brown has been a peer reviewer for three journals. She has served as co-principal investigator on several state grants and as an external evaluator on gifted program evaluations.

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