Lead Faculty Members of AIG program Recognized Nationally for Contributions to the Field

May 25, 2021

Lead faculty members, Drs. Michael S. Matthews and Cindy M. Gilson were both recognized for excellence and contributions to the field of gifted and talented learning in 2020. Dr. Matthews is the Program Director for the M.Ed. in Special Education concentration in Academically or Intellectually Gifted. Dr. Gilson is the Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Academically or Intellectually Gifted and Co-Director of the Education Honors Program. 

Dr. Michael S. Matthews was recognized with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Education of the Gifted and Talented from the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented at their annual conference in Winston-Salem in March 2020. The NCAGT Distinguished Service Award is considered a lifetime achievement award. It is presented annually to a person from the field of education that has made outstanding contributions to the education of gifted children in North Carolina.  

The photo above shows the NCAGT Executive Director (since retired), Dr. Wes Guthrie, presenting Dr. Matthews with the award. Dr. Matthews reflected “it is a distinct honor to be recognized for my varied contributions over the fifteen years I’ve worked in gifted education in North Carolina. These range from scholarly study of dropout rates among gifted students and of AIG teacher preparation, to applied work like editing a report on the status of the field and developing materials with NC DPI, to service on local and state nonprofit boards in support of the education of advanced and AIG  learners”.

Dr. Cindy M. Gilson was recognized with the Early Leader award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) at their virtual conference in November 2020. 

NAGC annually presents the Early Leader Award to an individual who has made significant contributions in leadership and service to the field of gifted education, and who is in the first 10 years of their career after completion of his or her last earned degree.