Bio

Susan K. Johnsen, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University where she directs the PhD program and programs related to gifted and talented education. She is editor-in-chief of Gifted Child Today and co-author of The Practitioner’s Guide for Using the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Using the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with Gifted and Advanced Learners, Using the NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards, Serving Gifted Students Within an RtI Framework, Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide (2nd ed.), Independent Study for Gifted Learners and more than 250 articles, monographs, technical reports, chapters, and other books related to gifted education.

She has written three tests used in identifying gifted students: Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students (TOMAGS), Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI-4) and Screening Assessment Gifted Students (SAGES-2). She is a reviewer and auditor of programs in gifted education for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and is past chair of the Knowledge and Skills Subcommittee of the Council for Exceptional Children and past chair of the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) Professional Standards Committee. She is past president of the Association for the Gifted (TAG), Council for Exceptional Children, and past president of the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT).

She has received awards for her work in the field of education, including NAGC’s President’s Award, CEC’s Leadership Award, TAG’s Leadership Award, TAGT’s President’s Award, TAGT’s Advocacy Award, and Baylor University’s Investigator Award, Teaching Award, and Contributions to the Academic Community.

Degrees (3)

PhD
1979, Special Education and Educational Psychology
University of Texas
Austin, Texas

MEd, Special Education
1970
University of Texas
Austin, Texas

BA, Elementary Education and Psychology
1964
Baylor University
Waco, Texas

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Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published "Using the National Gifted Education Standards for Pre-K-Grade 12 Professional Development" (2nd. ed.)., January 18, 2017, with co-author(s) Jane Clarenbach, National Association for Gifted Children.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published "Using the National Gifted Education Standards for Teacher Preparation Programs", November 16, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, William and Mary, Ann Robinson, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Alicia Cotabish, University of Central Arkansas, Debbie Dailey, University of Central Arkansas, and Jennifer Jolly, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published "Project Promise: A Long-Term Follow-Up of Low-Income Gifted Students Who Participated in a Summer Enrichment Program" in Journal for Education of the Gifted, Vol. 39, p. 83-102, January 13, 2016, with co-author(s) Corina R. Kaul, doctoral student, Terrill F. Saxon, professor, and Mary M. Witte, senior lecturer.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published "Implementing the Common Core in English Language Arts and in Mathematics: Practitioners’ Perspectives" in Gifted Child Today, Vol. 39, Issue 1, p. 51-62, January 13, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, William and Mary.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published Content acceleration: The critical pathway for adapting "The Common Core State Standards for Gifted Students" in "A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students, Volume 2", p. 99-109, November 18, 2015, with co-author(s) Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, William and Mary.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published Teaching gifted students through independent study in Methods and materials for teaching the gifted, p. 445-478, 01/15/2015, with co-author(s) Dr. Krystal K. Goree, director, office of professional practice.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published Accessing services for students with gifts and talents within response to intervention in Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol. 47, p. 226-233, 11/18/2015, with co-author(s) Dr. Sonia Parker, and Yara N. Farah, William and Mary.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published Critical components of a summer enrichment program for urban low-income gifted students in Gifted Child Today, Vol. 38, Issue 1, p. 32-40, 03/18/2015, with co-author(s) Corina Kaul, doctoral student, Mary Witte, senior lecturer, and Terrill Saxon, professor.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 gifted education programming standards: A guide to Planning and Implementing High-Quality Services, 11/15/2012.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, published RtI for Gifted Students, 11/09/2012, with co-author(s) Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman, University of North Carolina.

Test of Nonverbal Intelligence-4

Dr. Susan K. Johnsen, professor, published "Test of Nonverbal Intelligence, Fourth Edition", January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) Dr. Linda Brown, and Dr. Rita Sherbenou.

Awards & Honors (5)

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, received Outstanding Leadership Award for collaboration across professional organizations and leadership on national standards committees from Council for Exceptional Children, April 11, 2014.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, received Leadership Award for her leadership as president of tag from The Association for the Gifted, 04/10/2014.

Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, received State Advocate for the Gifted for advocacy and support of gifted education programs in texas. from Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, 12/05/2013.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, received President’s Award for contributions and research related to national standards in gifted education from National Association for Gifted Children, 11/11/2011.

Dr. Susan Kay Johnsen, professor, received Contributions to the Academic Community Award for significant contributions to the field of education from Baylor University, 05/16/2009.