Located on the University of North Texas campus in Denton, TX, the Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity was founded in 2016 to provide services for gifted and talented young people.
Selcuk Acar is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. He joined UNT in 2020 following seven years of teaching and research at the International Center for Studies in Creativity of SUNY Buffalo State. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, concentrating on Gifted and Creative Education. He holds his M.A. from Istanbul University in Gifted Education and B.A. in Educational Sciences from Bogazici University. His primary research focus includes divergent thinking, assessment of creativity, creative leadership, and identification of the gifted and talented. In his dissertation titled “Empirical Studies in Divergent Thinking,” he explored novel methods of quantifying and scoring responses given to divergent thinking tasks.
Dr. Acar published some of his articles in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Creativity Research Journal, Thinking Skills and Creativity, and Journal of Creative Behavior. He also contributed to several major outlets such as Cambridge Handbook of Creativity and the Encyclopedia of Creativity. His methodological focus is quantitative and uses meta-analysis and multilevel modeling in his work. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Creative Behavior. He was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of American Creativity Association. He is also a recipient of Doctoral Level Completed Research Award and Dissertation Award both granted by the National Association for Gifted Children.
Jaret Hodges earned a master's degree at the University of Houston, doctorate at Purdue University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University. His research interests include underrepresented populations in gifted education, rural gifted education, and gifted education policy. He also has an interest in promoting open science practices and the use of computer programming in education research.
Rachel U. Mun is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas in Educational Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Education, Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington. She was also a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Connecticut with the National Center for Research on Gifted Education conducting research on identifying and serving underrepresented gifted learners. Her research interests are two tiered and best described as an intersection between culture, gifted education, and socioemotional well-being. At the micro-level, she explores socioemotional development and decision-making for high-ability students (emphasis on immigrants) within family, peer and academic contexts with the goal to promote well-being. At the macro-level, she examines ways to improve equitable identification and services for K-12 high-ability learners from diverse populations. She has published in Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review. She most recently received the NAGC 2017 doctoral dissertation award (first place).
Anne N. Rinn, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas, where she also serves as Director of the Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Houston and a doctorate in educational psychology from Indiana University. She has authored around 75 publications related to the social and emotional development of gifted and talented individuals and the psychosocial skills necessary for the development of talent. She recently published a textbook, Social, Emotional, and Psychosocial Development of Gifted and Talented Individuals (Rinn, 2020). She is an active member of the National Association for Gifted Children and the American Educational Research Association, holding leadership positions in both organizations, and the co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics.