Michael S. Matthews

Michael S. Matthews

Professor, Academically or Intellectually Gifted M.Ed. Program Director


Dr. Michael S. Matthews is Program Director for the Academically/Intellectually Gifted graduate programs at UNC Charlotte where he teaches courses related to various aspects of gifted education. He is co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics, and Board Member of the National Association for Gifted Children. He also is Chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent group of the American Educational Research Association, and a former board member for the Metrolina Scholars Academy charter school and the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented. Dr. Matthews’ scholarship address education policy, science learning, motivation and underachievement, parenting, and related issues in educating advanced learners from diverse backgrounds, particularly those who are English language learners. He is author or editor of five books, around 35 peer reviewed articles, and over a dozen book chapters. He presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences, and his scholarship has been recognized with the Early Scholar Award (NAGC), the Pyryt Collaboration Award (AERA), and the Legacy Book Award from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented in the category of “Best Scholarly Work”.


Ph.D. – University of Georgia, 2002, Educational Psychology-Gifted & Creative Education
M.A. – University of Wisconsin, 1991, Anthropology (Archaeology)
B.A. – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, magna cum laude, 1989, Chemistry


Board Member, National Association for Gifted Children, 2014-2017 Co-Editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, 2017-2022

Selected Publications

Peters, S. J., Rambo-Hernandez, K. E., Makel, M. C., Matthews, M. S., & Plucker, J. A. (2019). The effect of local norms on racial and ethnic representation in gifted education: A modeling study. AERA Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858419848446
Gilson, C. M. & Matthews, M. S. (2019). Case study of a new Engineering Early College High School: Advancing educational opportunities for underrepresented students in an urban area. Journal of Advanced Academics, 235-267. https://doi.org/10.1177/1932202X19840024
Jolly, J. L., & Matthews, M. S. (2018). The shifting landscape of the homeschooling continuum. Educational Review https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2018.1552661
Lee, S-Y., Matthews, M. S., Shin, J., & Kim, M-S. (2018). Academically gifted adolescents’ social purpose. High Ability Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13598139.2018.1533452
McBee, M. T., Makel, M. C., Peters, S. J., & Matthews, M. S. (2018). A call for open science in giftedness research. Gifted Child Quarterly, 62, 274-388. https://doi.org/10.1177/0016986218784178

Area(s) of Interest and Research

diversity issues (particularly English language learners)
assessment and identification of advanced abilities
gifted education policy
parenting gifted children
gifted underachievement