Alicia Cotabish is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education MAT program at the University of Central Arkansas. Before working in higher education, she taught eight years in the public school system as an elementary and middle school science teacher, a K-12 gifted and talented teacher, and as an award-winning district-level gifted program administrator. Previously, Dr. Cotabish was the Associate Director of the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education and Advanced Placement Professional Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and served as one of two Principal Investigators and the Director of STEM Starters, a federally-funded Javits project. In addition, she coordinated the Arkansas Evaluation Initiative in Gifted Education, a federally-funded state-wide school district program evaluation initiative. She has authored, co-authored, and edited 2 books, 33 journal articles, book chapters, and products focused on K-20 STEM and gifted education. She has delivered more than 140 professional development workshops and presentations at local, state, national, and international venues.
In 2012, Dr. Cotabish received the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Early Leader Award. Furthermore, she received the 2012 Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education Challenger Award for her work in STEM and gifted education and was the recipient of the Educator Award from the organization in 2007. She was honored with the Texas A&M University – Texarkana Distinguished Alumna Award in 2008. Currently, she is the President of the Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators (AAGEA) and the former Legislative Co-Chair of Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE). Committed to service, she has served on more than a dozen committees for state and national education organizations and as a referee for a number of editorial journals including the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of STEM Education Innovation and Research, School Science and Mathematics, Journal of Advanced Academics, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Gifted Child Quarterly, Gifted Child Today, and Teaching for High Potential.