Tarek Grantham, a professor in the online Educational Psychology Gifted and Creative Ed programs, was recently recognized for his work on diversity and equity issues by the University of Georgia's Student Government Association (SGA).
Grantham, along with nine other faculty members, received SGA's Outstanding Professor Recognition Award during the association's annual Professor Recognition Ceremony. The faculty members were selected based on numerous criteria, including "clear articulation of impact and evidence of dedication to the education of students both in and out of the classroom."
"My goal is to contribute to students' development of effective ways to identify and nurture gifts and talents in themselves and others, particularly students from underrepresented groups," said Grantham. "I hope students develop critical cultural consciousness and courageous creativity around diversity issues, understanding that a focus on equality is not enough to promote equity."
In all of Grantham's classes, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of hands-on projects that engage them with the local community. "It is important to me that my students learn content knowledge, skills and dispositions and be able to make a positive difference in schools, communities and organizations where they work and live," Grantham said.
Grantham's research focuses on equity for underserved students in advanced programs, creativity policy, mentoring, gifted black males, multicultural education, motivation and parent engagement. He is the co-editor of "Gifted and Advanced Black Students in School: An Anthology of Critical Works" and "Young Triumphant and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated Schools."
This article was modified from the original article that can be found on the UGA College of Education website.