Joy Lawson Davis
University of Louisiana, USA
Dr. Davis is a lifelong diversity advocate and scholar in the field of gifted and advanced learner education serving in multiple capacities for the past thirty-five years. She holds two graduate degrees in Gifted Education. Davis is author of numerous publications, including the award winning ‘Bright Talented & Black: A guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners’ and ‘Gifted Children of Color around the World: Diverse needs, Exemplary Practices, and Directions for the Future’. A preeminent scholar in the field, Dr. Davis is frequently sought to consult with school districts across the nation and serve as professional learning trainer addressing needs of educators in developing comprehensive programs for culturally diverse gifted learners and to conduct Parent & Family workshops. Davis previously served five years as an at large member of the National Association for Gifted Children Board of Directors. Earlier in her career she served for five years as the Gifted Education Specialist for the State Department of Education. Presently, she is the regular columnist for NAGC’s Teaching for High Potential publication and serves on the Advisory Board for Gifted Child Today. She also serves on the Board of other organizations meeting the needs of diverse gifted learners, including Camp Summit and Elysian Trust. Dr. Davis’ work has been recognized internationally as she has conducted educator workshops in South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, and recently as keynote speaker for the International Congress for Gifted Education in Istanbul and the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence in Dubai, UAE. Dr. Davis has held faculty positions at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and Virginia Union University in Teacher Education and Gifted Education.