Jennifer L. Jolly received her Ph.D. in educational psychology with a concentrate in gifted education from Baylor University. Currently she is an associate professor in elementary and gifted education. Her research interests include the history of gifted education and parents of gifted learners. Jolly is the vice-president of The Association of the Gifted (CEC-TAG) and also serves as editor-in-chief of NAGC's Parenting for High Potential. She also is on the editorial advisory board for Gifted Child Today and the Journal for the Education of the Gifted. She received the Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award from AERA/Research on Creativity, Giftedness, and Talent SIG (with Dr. Alex Garn & Dr. Michael Matthews) in 2012, the 2011 Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children Higher Education Professional of the Year, and the 2010 American MENSA Research Award. Jolly established a summer camp for gifted learners in partnership with the Louisiana State Museum, which hosts local gifted students each June. She also represents the School of Education on LSU’s Faculty Senate. Before her tenure at LSU, she taught in both gifted and regular education classrooms as a public school teacher.
Garn, A. C., Matthews, M. S., & Jolly, J. L. (2012).Parents’ effects on gifted students’ motivation. Psychology in the Schools, 49, 656–667.
Jolly, J. L.,& Matthews, M. S. (2012). What we know about parents of the gifted: A critique of the literature. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 35, 259–290.
Winkler, D. L., & Jolly, J. L.(2012). Nativists and environmentalists. Gifted Child Today, 35(2), 146–149.
Bach, J., & Jolly, J. L.(2011). “Chalk”ing the profession. Journal of Curriculum Theory, 1, 87–98.
Robins, J. H., & Jolly, J. L.(2011). Technical information regarding assessment. In S.K. Johnsen (Ed.), Identifying gifted students: A practical guide (2nded.). (pp. 75–118). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Jolly, J. L., & Makel, M. (2010). No Child Left Behind: The inadvertent costs for high-achieving and gifted students. Childhood Education, 35–40.
Garn, A. C., Matthews, M. S., & Jolly, J. L.(2010). Parental influences on the academic motivation of gifted students: A Self-Determination Theory perspective, Gifted Child Quarterly, 54, 263–272.
Jolly, J. L.(2009). A resuscitation of gifted education. American Educational History Journal, 36(1), 37–52.
Jolly, J. L.(2011, August).Letters of revelation: Correspondences between Lewis Terman and Florence Goodenough (1926–1953). Session presented at the 19thBiennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children World Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
Jolly, J.L., & Winkler, D.L. (2011, November). Lil' Wayne, Postmodern Rapper: A study in creative development. Session to be presented at annual meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children, New Orleans, LA.
Jolly, J.L. (2011, August). Letters of revelation: Correspondences between Lewis Terman and Florence Goodenough (1926-1953). Session to be presented at the 19th Bicentennial Worl Council for Gifted and Talented Children World Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
Jolly, J. L., Matthews, M. S., & Garn, A. C. (2011, April). Self-determination Theory and Gifted Learners. Session presented at the annual meeting of the Council of Exceptional Children, National Harbor, MD.
Jolly, J. L., & Matthews, M. S. (2010, November). Parental Choices: Summer Programming and Enrichment Options. Session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, GA.
Jolly, J. L., & Matthews, M. S. (2010, August). Parenting Gifted Children: What the Research Tells Us. Session presented at the Asian Pacific Conference on Giftedness, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Culross, R. R., Jolly, J. L., & Winkler, D. (2010, May). Facilitating Grade Acceleration: Revisiting the Wisdom of John Feldhusen. Session be presented at the annual Wallace Symposium, Iowa City, IA.
Matthews, M. S., & Jolly, J. L.(2010, April). Parents of the Gifted, 25+ years later: What Has Changed? Session presented at the annual meeting for the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.