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Teaching and Service

Academic Background

Dean, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, 7/98-present

Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, 7/98-present

Interim Dean, College of Education, Iowa State University, 7/96-6/98

Chair, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, 7/92-6/98

Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, 7/95-6/98

Professor, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, 8/90-6/95

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, 7/85-8/90

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology (part-time), Johns Hopkins University, 7/83-4/86

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, 5/81-4/86


Administrative Positions (Not Listed Above)

Director, Iowa Talent Search Program, Iowa State University, 8/89-6/98

Director, Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted, Iowa State University, 9/87-6/98

Director, CY-TAG (Challenges for Youth – Talented and Gifted), Iowa State University, 9/86-6/98

Co-Director, Iowa Governor’s Institute for the Gifted and Talented, Iowa State University, 10/89-91

Co-Director, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), 7/91-present

Director, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), Iowa State University, 5/86-6/91

Co-Director of Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), Johns Hopkins University, 7/85-4/86

Associate Director, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), Johns Hopkins University, 5/81-7/85

Assistant Director, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, Johns Hopkins University, 6/79-6/81


Courses Taught

Creativity and Genius (Undergraduate)

Developmental Psychology (Undergraduate, enrollment=650 per semester)

Psychological Characteristics of Giftedness (Undergraduate & Graduate)

Seminar on Intellectual Talent (Graduate)

Sex Differences (Undergraduate)

Theories of Intelligence (Graduate)


Vanderbilt University Service

Search Committee of the Director of the Center of the Americans, 2003-

Marketing Task Force, 2003-2004

Dean’s Academic Council, Chair, 2002-

Task Force on Graduate Education, Chair, 2002-2003

Strategic Academic Planning Group II, 2001-2004

Indirect Cost Committee, 2001-2002

Dean of Divinity Search Committee, 2000-2001

Associate Provost for Research Search Committee, 1999-2001

Strategic Academic Planning Group I, 1999-2001

Committee on the Professor of the Practice, 1998-2001


Professional Service Committees

Camilla Benbow appointed to Education Sector board, 2012-

Mayor’s Task Force on High School Dropouts (Nashville), 2008-

National Science Board, 2006-

American Educational Research Association, Fellow Committee, 2007

Math/Science Teacher Imperatives, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, 2006-2008

American Psychological Foundation Board, 2001-

National Math Panel, Vice-Chair, 2006-2008

NCATE Task Force on Specialty Program Accreditation, 2003-2004

Executive Committee, Association of Colleges & Schools of Education in State Universities, Land Grant Colleges, and Affiliated Private Universities (ACSESULGC/APU), 2002-2007
Chair of Evidence Based Practice Subcommittee

OIA, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Board Member, 2002-2004

Publications Committee, Division 15 of APA, 2001- 2003

National Research Council Panel on Advanced Study in Math and Science, 1999-2002

American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Prevention-Chair of Sub-Committee on Nurturing High Talent, 1997-1999

American Psychological Association’s Committee on Accreditation-Representing the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, 1996-1999

Iowa Academy of Education, Vice-President & President-elect, 1996-98

Annual Convention Program Planning Committee, American Educational Research Association, 1994-95

Research Science Institute Selection Committee, 1993

Publications Committee, National Association of Gifted Children, 1990-93

NSF Review Panel for the Early Scholars Program, 1990-92