Joseph Renzulli is a professor of educational psychology and director of The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut. During his long and productive research career, he has obtained more than $50 million in grants.
His research has focused on the identification and development of creativity and giftedness in young people. He also has conducted research on organizational models and curricular strategies for differentiated learning environments that contribute to total school improvement. His mission is to apply the pedagogy of gifted education to the improvement of learning for all students.
Joe is the recipient of many awards and honors. He was designated a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut in 2000 and received the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Award for Educational Innovation in 2009. He has an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Universidad Camilo Jose Cela in Madrid for his “intellectual contribution to the world of educative ideas and theories.” The American Psychological Assocation’s Monitor on Psychology named him one of the 25 most influential psychologists in the world.
His proudest is founding the summer Confratute program at UConn in 1978. the longest- running summer institute on enrichment-based differentiated teaching that has served thousands of teachers and administrators from around the world.