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About Our Faculty

Talent development faculty are passionate about both their teaching and research. Students benefit directly as faculty integrate their cutting-edge research into their courses.  Faculty present their research at national and international conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals and books.  The design of the talent development master's programs offers opportunities for students to receive individual attention from caring and supportive faculty. 

Students who are pursuing master's degrees in elementary education-talent development and secondary education-talent development take classes with talent development program faculty as well as with other faculty in the College of Education, which exposes students to a beneficial wide range of different perspectives and expertise areas.

Faculty Spotlights:

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins

Kristina Collins

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins' research focuses on STEM identity, STEM talent development, parent engagement, and multicultural gifted education.  She  teaches courses in the talent development concentration and in the graduate minor in gifted and talented education. She is a graduate of the The University of Georgia, where she earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology.  She also holds an Ed.S. in educational psychology from the The University of Georgia, a M.S.Ed. in mathematics from Jacksonville State University, a B.S. in engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Military Science diploma in cryptology from the United States Navy.  Dr. Collins has many years of experience with STEM teaching and leading in Title I middle schools and high schools.  Her professional certifications include technology education, AP computer science, and educational leadership/administration. Dr. Collins has received multiple STEM-related grants and was recently appointed to the position of Associate Director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research. 


Dr. Susan Field Waite

Susan Field Waite
(NASA/ESA Hubble)

Dr. Susan Field Waite's research interests include conditions of possibility and impossibility, creativity, and the frameworks through which we 'see.' Susan Field Waite teaches graduate courses in the talent development concentration and in the graduate minor in creativity studies.  She invites students to think, see, and listen differently, for a different future and world.