A professor at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized
by her peers in the state for her longtime contribution to gifted
education in Mississippi.
A. Karnes, professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
and director of The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies
at Southern Miss, was recently honored by the Mississippi Association
for Gifted Children during the annual conference in Biloxi with
the Award for Excellence in Gifted Education.
The award recognized
Dr. Karnes for her numerous contributions to the field of gifted
education, particularly in Mississippi.
not only to receive this award, but for the opportunities to work
with gifted children and to promote gifted education in Mississippi,"
Dr. Karnes said.
the award, Lia Landrum, president of the organization, cited some
of the contributions Dr. Karnes has made in the state, including
her collaboration in 1973 with state legislators to have gifted
education included in the definition of exceptional in the state
a recognition she well deserves for her reputation in gifted education
and her scholarship and for how important she is to Mississippi
and Southern Miss," said Dr. Willie Pierce, interim dean of
the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology.
founded the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children and served
as its first president for three years. In 1979, the Center for
Gifted Studies was established at Southern Miss under her direction,
and in 1999, the center was renamed The Frances A. Karnes Center
for Gifted Studies.