Nicholas Colangelo

Dean of the College of Education
University of Iowa

Iowa City, United States

Website: The University of Iowa


Nicholas Colangelo is the Dean Emeritus of the College of Education at the University of Iowa and Director Emeritus of The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.  He is author of numerous articles on counseling gifted students and the affective development of gifted and acceleration.  

He has edited three editions of Handbook of Gifted Education (with Gary Davis), co-authored “A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students” (2004) and “A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students” (2015).  He has served on the editorial boards of major journals including Counseling and Development, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Creative Behavior, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review.  

He has presented a number of research papers at national and international conferences and has been a keynote speaker on numerous occasions.  In 1991, he was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Association for Gifted Children; in 1995, he received the Alumni Achievement Award presented by the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 2002 received the President’s Award from the National Association for Gifted Children and in 2012 and the Ann Isaacs Founder’s Memorial Award, presented by the National Association for Gifted Children (2012).  In 2013, he received the International Award for Research presented by the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.