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Tamra Stambaugh


Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Programs for Talented Youth and an Associate Research Professor of Special Education (Gifted Education) at Vanderbilt University. Stambaugh’s research interests in gifted education focus on students living in rural settings, students of poverty, and curriculum and instructional interventions that promote gifted student learning and the development of expertise. She is the co-author/editor of several books including Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Low Income Households (with Paula Olszewski-Kubilius), Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners  (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska); Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska), Leading Change in Gifted Education (with Bronwyn MacFarlane), the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Series (Fiction, Nonfiction, and Affective) (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska), Practical Solutions for Under-represented Gifted Students: Effective curriculum (with Kim Chandler), Identifying and Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings (Legacy Award Winner) (with Susannah Wood) and multiple award-winning ELA and ELA/science curricula (with Emily Mofield and Eric Fecht).  Stambaugh has also written numerous articles and book chapters.  She frequently provides keynotes, professional development workshops, and consultation to school districts nationally and internationally and shares her work at refereed research conferences. She serves on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) board of directors, and is a reviewer and editorial board member for several leading research journals in the field of gifted education.

Stambaugh is also the recipient of multiple awards including: the Margaret The Lady Thatcher Medallion for scholarship, service, and character from the College of William and Mary School of Education, the Doctoral Student AwardEarly Leader Award, and several curriculum awards from the National Association for Gifted Children; the Jo Patterson Service Award and Curriculum Award from the Tennessee Association for Gifted Children, and the Higher Education Award from the Ohio Association for Gifted Children and the Distinguished Vanderbilt Faculty Award for Service to Field, Peabody College. Stambaugh has received or directed research and service grants totaling over $7.5 million. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt she was director of grants and special projects at the College of William and Mary, Center for Gifted Education where she earned her Ph.D.