Michael S. Matthews, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the gifted education program in the Department of Special Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Matthews earned his doctoral degree in educational psychology, with a concentration in gifted and creative education, from the University of Georgia. Prior to moving to USF, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Duke University Talent Identification Program. He is a regular presenter at state, national, and international meetings on gifted education. He was the 2006 Program Chair for the special interest group, Research on Giftedness and Talent, of the American Educational Research Association. He serves as a reviewer for several journals, including Gifted Child Quarterly and Journal for the Education of the Gifted. Matthews’ research interests include underachievement, science education, and varied issues related to cultural and linguistic diversity in gifted education.