Whitworth’s Tamra Stambaugh Receives National Association for Gifted Children’s Distinguished Service Award

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Whitworth University is pleased to announce Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, has received the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) 2022 Distinguished Service Award. 

The award is presented annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution that benefits the development of gifts and talents in young people and affects the larger community, state or nation.


“Tamra Stambaugh is one of the leading voices in gifted education and equitable instruction nationally,” says Ron Jacobson, dean of the Whitworth School of Education. “Her passion that all students, regardless of ability or circumstance, have a seat at the educational table, is evident in all that she does. Her deep work with schools in our area, as well as her regional and national focus on curriculum, identification and research, continues to shape the conversation surrounding access to equitable education for all, especially for our most marginalized students and families. We are so happy to have her on the team here at Whitworth, and so appreciative of this well-deserved honor!”

Stambaugh’s research interests include students living in rural settings, students of poverty, and curriculum and instructional interventions that promote gifted student learning. 

Stambaugh is the co-author/editor of several scholarly articles and books including: A Teacher’s Guide to Curriculum Design for Gifted and Advanced Learners, The Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth Curriculum, Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners, Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students, Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings, and The Jacob’s Ladder Reading and Affective Curriculum Series.

Stambaugh has held appointments on multiple National Association of Gifted Children committees, and she has served on the NAGC Board of Directors as a member at large and is currently treasurer. She is also a member of the American Education Research Association Gifted Special Interest Group board.

She joined the Whitworth faculty in January of last year and was most recently an associate professor in special education and executive director of Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn.