Michael Matthews

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Professor, Academically or Intellectually Gifted M.Ed. Program Director, & Academically or Intellectually Gifted Graduate Certificate Program Director
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Dr. Michael S. Matthews is Program Director for the Academically/Intellectually Gifted graduate programs at UNC Charlotte where he teaches courses related to various aspects of gifted education. He is co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics, and Board Member of the National Association for Gifted Children. He also is Chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent group of the American Educational Research Association, and a former board member for the Metrolina Scholars Academy charter school and the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented. Dr. Matthews’ scholarship address education policy, science learning, motivation and underachievement, parenting, and related issues in educating advanced learners from diverse backgrounds, particularly those who are English language learners. He is author or editor of five books, around 35 peer reviewed articles, and over a dozen book chapters. He presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences, and his scholarship has been recognized with the Early Scholar Award (NAGC), the Pyryt Collaboration Award (AERA), and the Legacy Book Award from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented in the category of “Best Scholarly Work”.


Ph.D. - University of Georgia, 2002, Educational Psychology-Gifted & Creative Education
M.A. - University of Wisconsin, 1991, Anthropology (Archaeology)
B.A. - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, magna cum laude, 1989, Chemistry


2014-16 Professional Development School Partnership liaison, Piedmont IB Middle School and UNC Charlotte
2012-16 Volunteer Coach, Science Olympiad team, Piedmont IB Middle School, Charlotte, NC
2013-16 Board Member, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, Charlotte, NC

Area(s) of Interest and Research

diversity issues (particularly English language learners)
assessment and identification of advanced abilities
gifted education policy
parenting gifted children
gifted underachievement