Joseph S. Renzulli - Class of 1954
Joseph Renzulli is one of the foremost leaders in the field of gifted education today. He is currently at the University of Connecticut and lectures and does extensive writing in the field of gifted identification. He is known widely for this three- ring conception of giftedness. His Schoolwide Enrichment model has become one of the most popular programs for developing children's talents.
He began his higher education at Glassboro State College and graduated with a B.A. in 1958. While teaching mathematics, reading and science in the Ocean Township School System, he attended Rutgers University and received M.Ed in Educational Psychology in 1962. Serving as a School Psychologist in various public schools in Virginia, he earned his doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia in 1966. After earning his doctorate, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Renzulli has published over 150 books, monographs, and chapters in books, as well as over 200 journal articles and book chapters and 48 technical reports, book reviews and other published papers and abstracts. Many of these publications were in the most prestigious academic journals and such companies as Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Harper and Row, and MacMillan published the books
Multiple honors and awards have been bestowed upon Dr. Renzulli for his contributions in the field of Gifted Education. Just to name a few: the National Association for Gifted Children honored him in 1993 for the Research Paper of the Year, in 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He received the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children Hall of Fame Award for Sustained Leadership Service, Teaching, and Advocacy in March of 2006, named a Fellow in the American Education Research Association "In Recognition of Sustained Achievement in Educational Research" and in 2010 the Connecticut State Board of Education and the Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Education Leader of the Year Award.
Dr. Renzulli's most rewarding accomplishment has been the creation of a summer institute at the University of Connecticut that has served over 35,000 teachers since it began in 1978.