CTY is pleased to welcome prominent education policy and talent development scholar Jonathan Plucker as the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development. This is a joint appointment between CTY and the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Plucker’s research and teaching covers a wide range of disciplines. He studies high-achieving K-12 learners and talent development, as well as creativity and intelligence. Much of his focus on advocacy at the state and national levels concerns closing what he calls the “excellence gap” at the highest achievement levels between students from more affluent white and Asian groups, and students from lower socioeconomic and underrepresented minority groups. Studies by Plucker and his colleagues include the 2010 report Mind the (Other) Gap! The Growing Excellence Gap (PDF), 2013’s Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence Gaps and the Persistence of America’s Permanent Talent Underclass, and 2015’s Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-income Students.
Plucker comes to Johns Hopkins from the University of Connecticut, where he served as the Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Education in the Neag School of Education. Prior to this, he was the director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. He has published more than 200 articles, chapters and reports, and has received numerous honors for his work, including his ranking as one of the top 100 most influential academics working in education in 2011, 2013, and 2014.
Asked what drew him to Hopkins, Plucker said, “JHU’s focus on both excellence and equity is unique, and its faculty, staff, and students go beyond theory and research to create real change in children’s lives. To help continue the work begun by Julian Stanley is both a great honor and great responsibility. It is tremendously exciting to be part of all this work.”
The Julian C. Stanley Professorship is named for Julian Stanley, the late Johns Hopkins psychologist and pioneer in the field of gifted education. Stanley’s research into how academically advanced students learn best led to CTY’s founding in 1979.
“Julian Stanley would have celebrated his 100th birthday on July 9, 2018,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, CTY’s executive director. “I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to the legacy of this education pioneer than the appointment of such a world-class scholar as Jonathan Plucker.”