Dr. Frances Karnes, Distinguished University Professor of Gifted Education in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education and director of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, is included among the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
The NAPW provides resources, benefits and services designed to enhance the lives and promote the businesses, organizations and careers of its members. It also provides opportunities to interact, exchange ideas, educate and empower.
Dr. Karnes joined the university’s faculty in 1973 and founded the Center for Gifted Studies in 1979. Its mission is to further the education of gifted students and those with leadership abilities through teaching, research and service, academic and leadership enrichment programs. Named for Karnes in 1999, the Center also provides support for teachers of the gifted and their families.
Karnes has been a prominent advocate for legislation benefiting gifted education in Mississippi and across the nation. Among her many honors and awards, she received the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children’s Award for Excellence in 2003. She has collaborated with many of her current and former graduate students in publishing hundreds of articles in peer reviewed journals and more than 65 books on gifted education.
For more information about the Center for Gifted Studies, online visit https://www.usm.edu/karnes-gifted. For information about the Southern Miss Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, online visit www.usm.edu/cise