Dr. Susan Johnsen, Professor of Educational Psychology in the Baylor School of Education, received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The author of more than 200 publications, Johnsen is an expert in gifted education, and this is the first time the CEC award has been given to an educator in the field of gifted education.
Johnsen received the award in April at the 2014 CEC Convention and Expo’s Opening General Session, the largest annual gathering of members of the field of special education.
View the video presentation about Johnsen’s accomplishments here.
“Dr. Johnsen has advanced CEC’s work on behalf of students with exceptionalities in the areas of standards, collaboration with other organizations, policy and publications, and we’re delighted to honor her with our leadership award ” said Robin D. Brewer, president of CEC.
Nominator Mary Ruth Coleman described Johnsen as a team builder and leader who works quietly behind the scenes to get things done and always shares the credit for accomplishments. “Susan does all of this because of her commitment to improving the lives of children with exceptionalities,” Coleman said. “She is a truly a leader who embodies CEC’s values.”
Johnsen was also honored recently by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented as the State Advocate for the Gifted. The Baylor press releases on both awards can be viewed here.