Dr. Ann Robinson


School of Education

Educational Psychology with an emphasis in gifted, creative and talented education

Distinguished Professor




Dickenson Hall, Suite 406

University of Arkansas, Little Rock

2801 South University

Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

Ann Robinson, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Her B.A and M.A. from the University of Wyoming are both in Literature and her Ph.D. from Purdue University is in educational psychology. She has held visiting appointments at Wolfson College, the Cambridge Institute of Education, Cambridge University, and Brunel University in the U.K. and Monash University and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Ann founded the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education and the Arkansas Advanced Placement Teacher Professional Development Institute. Over the course of her academic career, she has secured more than $26 million in external funding for research and service, including three Jacob K. Javits demonstration projects in curriculum, instruction, and evaluation focused on talented children from low-income households and numerous federal and state grants to support teacher professional development.

Ann is currently an Associate Editor of Gifted and Talented International, the official scholarly journal of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, and serves the Council as a delegate from the U.S.A.

Ann has a passion for biography and initiated Blueprints for Biography, a series of teaching guides linked to trade books for children and adolescents. With colleagues, she has coauthored Recommended Practices in Gifted Education: A Critical Analysis for Teachers College Press, Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-Based Guide for Prufrock Press, and A Century of Contributions to Gifted Education: Illuminating Lives for Routledge in addition to over one hundred chapters and articles.

She has served the field of gifted education through numerous leadership roles including president of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators, and Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education.

Ann specializes in the development of talents within the school setting; evidence-based practices in gifted education; biography as research and as a curricular intervention.

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