Cindy Gilson

Cindy Gilson

Associate Professor & Academically or Intellectually Gifted Graduate Certificate Director


Dr. Cindy M. Gilson is an Associate Professor in the Special Education and Child Development Department. She teaches online graduate level courses to educators pursuing their M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) education or their Graduate Certificate in AIG. Dr. Gilson is the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in AIG program. Her research interests focus on gifted education, differentiated curriculum and instruction to enhance student learning and potential, classroom discourse, teacher listening orientations, STEM high schools, and professional development. Dr. Gilson is passionate about developing students’ potential of all ages, infusing differentiation approaches into her instruction, and advocating for gifted students through her service activities.


Ph.D. 2014 University of Connecticut Educational Psychology – Gifted Education and Talent Development
M.A. 1999 University of Connecticut Elementary Education
B.S. 1998 University of Connecticut Elementary Education

Area(s) of Interest and Research

Gifted Education
Differentiated Curriculum & Instruction
Classroom Discourse & Teacher Listening Orientations
STEM High Schools
Professional Development