UGA professors Cramond, Hébert recognized for work in gifted education

UGA professors Cramond, Hébert recognized for work in gifted education

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia education psychology professors Bonnie Cramond and Tom Hébert each have received awards from the Georgia Association for Gifted Children for their outstanding contributions to gifted education.

Cramond, director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, and Hébert, are faculty members in the gifted and creative education program of the department of educational psychology and instructional technology.

The nationally ranked department prepares students for careers as college teachers, university professors, school psychologists, practicing researchers, test developers and research consultants.

Cramond received the Margaret Bynum Award for her outstanding contributions to gifted education in Georgia. She has authored or co-authored many book chapters and more than three dozen articles in scholarly journals. She has been invited to speak about her research around the world. She received her Ph.D. from UGA in 1982, where she studied under the late UGA Professor Emeritus E. Paul Torrance.

Hébert received the Mary Frasier Equity and Excellence Award for his outstanding achievement in practices that promote equitable identification procedures and provision of high-quality services to gifted students from underrepresented groups.

The late Frasier was a nationally recognized scholar and researcher in gifted education and founder of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development in UGA’s College of Education. Her pioneering work in Georgia increased by three-fold the number of African-American and quadrupled the number of Hispanic children in gifted/talented programs.

Like Frasier, much of Hébert’s research has addressed issues facing culturally diverse males – African-American, Latino and Asian.

Hébert teaches graduate courses in gifted and creative education and qualitative research methods. He has worked with gifted students at the elementary, middle and high school levels for 13 years.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and joined the UGA faculty in 1997 from the University of Alabama.