Dr. Joy M. Scott-Carrol
Joy M. Scott-Carrol, PhD, earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Creighton University-Omaha, Nebraska, master of science in counseling education from the University of Wisconsin, and doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership and policy studies/higher education administration from Loyola University-Chicago. Her dissertation research on early-identified gifted Black college students concluded that the academic achievements, as measured by comparable high school to college grade point averages, declined absent support systems such as enrollment in honors program and continual accountability from parents and academic/support counseling.
Scott-Carrol has both national and international university teaching and administrative experience. Her last teaching position, about which she is most proud as a seasoned academician, is visiting professor in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand-Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2007, she co-founded the International Gifted Education Teacher-Development Network (IGET-Network, LLC). She is a member of the National Association of Gifted Children and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Since the late 1980s, she has presented at national and international conferences (e.g., NAGC, AERA, and WCGTC), authored and co-authored articles related to gifted/talented learners, and she has mentored numerous graduate students.
Scott-Carrol’s pastime is international travel, perfecting her classical piano pieces, English horseback riding, researching family genealogy and topics in the neurosciences related to memory gains in the elderly. She lives in Washington State, with her husband, Paul. They enjoy life as parents of two adult children, a son-in-law and two adorable grandchildren.
Dr. Anthony Sparks
Anthony Sparks, PhD, is a writer and assistant professor of Film and Television at California State University, Fullerton. He has also taught as a faculty member at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. In addition, Sparks is an award-winning television drama writer-producer with credits on hit shows, such as The Blacklist (NBC), Undercovers (NBC), and Lincoln Heights (ABC Family), among others. For his television work, Sparks has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, and he received two Sentinel Awards from the Norman Lear Center.
Hailing from Chicago’s south side, Sparks is a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools Gifted and Talented program at the nationally renowned Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. As a high school student, he participated for two years in Northwestern University’s School of Education NU-Horizons program for gifted and talented economically disadvantaged youth. This program was directed by Joy M. Scott-Carrol. Sparks went on to earn his BFA and MA degrees from the University of Southern California. He also earned his PhD from the University of Southern California in American Studies and Ethnicity.
Sparks is married to Anita Dashiell-Sparks, a Broadway veteran, director, and theatre professor. They have three young children and are based in Los Angeles.
Twenty-five years in the making, Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults is an edited volume written by a gifted education practitioner/scholar and her former gifted program participant. From their unique perspective, Drs. Scott-Carrol and Sparks ask urgent and pertinent questions: What are the adult perspectives of individuals identified as gifted in childhood or who participated in gifted and talented programs? Would they recommend gifted programs or classrooms for their children? How did their gifted identity play out in adulthood? Were the social and emotional issues, such as fitting in, that were present in childhood adequately dealt with in adulthood? What can we learn from the values, beliefs, insights and multiple perspectives of cultures different than our own?
Highlights among the fifteen chapters written by gifted adults from diverse backgrounds and professions are the two chapters written by the editors. Scott-Carrol writes from a global perspective about her interests and appreciation of enrichment classes for her gifted child, and Sparks, now a successful Hollywood writer and university professor, writes about giftedness as a double-edged sword whose impact ebbs and flows between uniquely positive and uniquely challenging experiences. Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults is a must-read for K-12 and higher education educators, families, and the gifted education community.