Kristen Seward

Kristen Seward

Clinical Assistant Professor; Associate Director, Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI); & High-ability Certificate/Licensure Advisor


As Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Seward enjoys teaching teachers! Since gifted teaching and learning is challenging, personalized, and active, she encourages all teachers to implement gifted education pedagogy with all students. As the Associate Director of GERI, she enjoys working with PreK-12th grade youth with gifts and talents at GERI’s year-round enrichment programs. Dr. Seward also serves as the High-ability Certificate/Licensure Advisor in Educational Psychology & Research Methodology in the Educational Studies Department at Purdue University.

Kristen has won many awards and scholarships throughout her career, most recently the National Association for Gifted Children Doctoral Student Award (2017), the Purdue College of Education Dean’s Doctoral Student Scholarship (2016-17), the John Feldhusen Doctoral Student Fellowship (2016-2017) and the Cecelia Zissis Graduate Student Scholarship (2016-2017).


  • Ph. D. – Education/Gifted, Creative, & Talented Studies, Purdue University
  • M.S. — Education/School Counseling, Purdue University
  • B.A. — English/Education, Purdue University

Research Interests

  • Gifted education in rural areas
  • Professional development
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods studies
  • Gifted education applications for all students
  • Social and emotional characteristics & needs of students with gifts & talents

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