Skip to the page content Skip to primary navigation Skip to the search form Skip to the audience-based navigation Skip to the site tools and log-in Information about website accessibility

Educational Leadership

Dr. Bronwyn MacFarlane

Bronwyn MacFarlane
Dr. Bronwyn

Interim, Associate Dean
Accreditation, Licensure, and Student Services
Associate Professor
Gifted and Talented Education
The College of Education and Health Professions

Office: DKSN 419C
Office Tel. 501. 569. 8930
Office Fax 501. 569. 3547

Dr. MacFarlane is Interim Associate Dean of Accreditation, Licensure, and Student Services for the College of Education and Human Development. Bronwyn MacFarlane is Associate Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the Department of Educational Leadership. She works with the UALR Mahony Center for Gifted Education and teaches graduate level courses in Gifted Education Administration and Educational Leadership.

Dr. Bronwyn MacFarlane demonstrated an astonishing display of research productivity sustained over the past five years. In addition to authoring 10 book chapters and 15 articles, Dr. MacFarlane’s research success has been recognized by a number of awards, grants, editorships, and invited presentations. Her research interest is gifted education with broadly defined issues and practices. Dr. MacFarlane’s research appears in the field’s premiere journals and her reviews of research and thinking in gifted education are published in top-tier publications. Further, her collaborations (such as with Joyce VanTassel-Baska) define the pinnacle of leaders and scholars in gifted education.

Dr. MacFarlane’s research interests are founded in the psychology of giftedness, educational practices, policies, leadership, and interdisciplinary education. Her research foci centers upon talent development and strategically measuring interventions to increase talent development among individual learners and groups. These interests can be further delineated in examination of the following areas: talent development processes, educational leadership, program implementation and evaluation, assessment, curriculum design and development, second language literacy, creativity, giftedness across the lifespan (early childhood, social and health psychology, and among elders), and differentiated professional development. Dr. MacFarlane’s research interests are grounded in the elements, which are fundamental to providing high quality interdisciplinary educational experiences to university students. Her research goals operationalize her research interests as is evident with her current scholarship activities in developing an edited book and
several article manuscripts based upon these interests.

Dr. MacFarlane’s degrees include a Ph.D. in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of William and Mary, a M.Ed. in counseling from Stephens College, and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and a B.S. in secondary education from the University of Missouri.

Prior to joining the Graduate School faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. MacFarlane worked at the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary in Virginia as the research associate to the Executive Director while pursuing her doctoral studies in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with dual specializations in Gifted Education Program Administration and K-12 School Administration.

Dr. MacFarlane has extensive professional experience as an educator and leader in both urban and rural school settings. She has broad expertise in teaching multiple contents across the K-12 spectrum and holds teaching licenses in Gifted and Talented K-12; French K-12; and Social Studies 7-12. She has also worked at the college level in campus and student affairs, residence life, honors programming, and served as an instructor of psychology courses.

With professional experiences as a classroom teacher, teacher of gifted students, administrator of gifted programs, professional development consultant, and university faculty responsibilities, Dr. MacFarlane is actively involved with new research initiatives, reviewing school programs, working with diverse stakeholder groups, and developing curriculum.

She has received numerous professional development grants to write curriculum teaching materials and work with teachers. Active in service to the field, Dr. MacFarlane was a nationally elected representative to the SIG Board of “Research on Gifted and Talented” within the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She serves in elected and presidential-appointed capacities within the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is Chair of the Counseling and Guidance Network. She was elected to the board to the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness. Dr. MacFarlane has evaluated university and school district programs as an invited reviewer.


  • UALR College of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Research and Creative Endeavors
  • Distinguished Teaching Fellow Medallion, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • New Faculty Teaching Commendation, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • Graduation and Retention Advocate Award, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Faculty Exchange to Austria.
  • The National Association for Gifted Children Doctoral Student Award.
  • The College of William and Mary School of Education Dean’s Award for Excellence.
  • The College of William and Mary Excellence in Gifted Education Doctoral Award.
  • The International P.E.O. Scholar Award.
  • Educator Recognition Award, Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education Association

Research Interests

Prufrock Book>
Dr. MacFarlane is co-editor
published March, 2009.

Dr. MacFarlane’s research interests include the talent development process, curriculum development for high ability learners, second language acquisition, creativity, leadership, counseling the gifted, differentiated professional development for educators, policy implementation and evaluation, assessment, diverse gifted populations, elder gifted populations, and the development and production of quality educational media programming geared for under-represented, at-risk, high ability, middle school learners.

MacFarlane, B. & Stambaugh, T. (Eds.). (2009). Leading change in gifted education: The festschrift of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.


  • Ph.D. Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership
    The College of William and Mary
    Williamsburg, VA
    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska
  • M.Ed. Counseling
    Stephens College
    Columbia, MO
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
    The University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO
  • B.S. Secondary Education
    The University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO

Courses Taught

  • GATE 5302: Differentiating for Gifted Learners in the Regular Classroom
  • GATE 7350: Teaching Gifted and Talented Students
  • GATE 7355: Seminar in Creativity
  • GATE 7357: Advanced Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education
  • GATE 7363: Affective Needs of the Gifted
  • GATE 7390: Supervised Practicum in Gifted Education
  • EDFN 7330: Human Development
  • EDFN 7370: Educational Assessment in Gifted Education
  • MCED 7317: Middle Level Literacy and Language Arts
  • EDAS 8307: Socio-Cultural Foundations in Educational Policy
  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Correspondence should be addressed to:
Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D.
The College of Education and Health Professions
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue
Dickinson Hall
Little Rock, AR 72204

Updated 8.4.2014