Tracy Ford Inman

Associate Director
The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

Website: Western Kentucky University


Dr. Tracy Ford Inman has devoted her career to meeting the needs of young people, especially those who are gifted and talented. She has taught on both the high school and collegiate levels as well as in summer programs for gifted and talented youth. A Kentucky Teacher of the Year semifinalist in 1992, she now serves as Associate Director of The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU in Bowling Green, KY. Tracy has presented on the state, national, and international levels, trained hundreds of teachers in differentiation and gifted education, published multiple articles, and serves as writer/editor for The Challenge, the award-winning newsmagazine for The Center for Gifted Studies.

At WKU, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English graduating summa cum laude in 1986 as both Ogden Scholar and Scholar of Potter College. Her studies continued at WKU with a certification in Secondary Education in 1988, Masters of Arts in Education in 1992, and an Endorsement in Gifted Education in 2001. She received her Ed.D. as part of WKU's inaugural class. She and Julia Roberts co-authored three books through Prufrock Press: Teacher's Survival Guide: Differentiating Instruction in the Elementary Classroom, Strategies for Differentiating Instruction: Best Practices for the Classroom, now in its second edition, and Assessing Differentiated Student Products: A Protocol for Development and Evaluation. Tracy and Julia received the Legacy Book Award from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for Strategies for Differentiating Instruction. Tracy was co-editor of Parenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide from the National Association for Gifted Children, a compilation of the best articles in Parenting for High Potential, which won the Legacy Award in 2011.  She is president-elect of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) and webmaster for The Association for the Gifted, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC-TAG).