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 former finalist for Kentucky Teacher of the Year, she now serves as Associate Director of The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU in Bowling Green, KY.

She is active on the state (past-president of Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and chair of KAGE Foundation), national (current board member of both National Association for Gifted Children [parent] and Council for Exceptional Children-The Association for the Gifted G [treasurer]), and international (presenters/members of World Council for Gifted and Talented Children C and European Council for High Ability A) levels in gifted education. Tracy has provided professional learning opportunities for tens of thousands of educators as well as challenging instruction in summer programs for gifted and talented youth.

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.

Tracy has co-authored and co-edited seven books, four of which having won TAGT’s Legacy Book Award in parent, educator, and scholar categories: