Joan Franklin Smutny
Joan Franklin Smutny, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She directs programs for thousands of gifted children every year and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate students. She is editor of the Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted and the Roeper Review for gifted education professionals, and a feature writer for the Gifted Education Communicator. She has written many books and articles on gifted education.
Joan has received a number of awards honoring her contributions to the field, among them the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education, the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Research Award, the California Association for the Gifted President’s Award, the E. Paul Torrance Award in Creativity (conferred by NAGC), and the Illinois Association for Gifted Children’s Sally Walker Distinguished Service Award. She is the author of Manifesto of the Gifted Girl and The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You.