Frances A. Karnes, Ph.D.

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Dr. Frances A. Karnes is a professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education and Director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she has been a member of the faculty since being awarded her Ph.D. degree by the University of Illinois in 1973. Director of the Leadership Studies Program at USM, she is widely known for her research, publications, innovative program developments, and service activities in gifted education and leadership training. Dr. Karnes is author or co-author of more than 250 papers published in scholarly journals, numerous monographs and book chapters, and is co-author of 26 books in gifted education and related areas. She also has served three two-year terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Dr. Karnes has researched legal issues that arise as parents, educators, and other advocates seek appropriate educational opportunities for gifted and talented children. Her teaching, research, and service activities also have focused on the development of leadership potential in all youth. Her intense interest in leadership is evident in many of her journal articles, as well as in a diagnostic instrument titled the Leadership Skills Inventory and the companion manual, Leadership Development Program.

Dr. Karnes has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was given the David W. Belin Award for state and national advocacy by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2002. In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence from the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children.


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