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Prof Tracy Riley PhD, MEd

Dean Research

Doctoral Mentor Supervisor
Office of the Provost

I am a leading scholar in gifted education, an award winning teacher and advocate for giifted learners. I relish the opportunity to apply what I know about the exceptional abilities and qualities of the gifted as Dean, Research.  I am Secretary for the World Council for Gifted & Talented Children, an elected Board member of giftEDnz, and a member of the New Zealand Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools and Australian Council of Graduate Research. My research explores how teachers respond to giftedness, and I am leading a Teaching Learning Research Initiative applying gifted principles of differentiation in mainstream classrooms.




Contact details

  • Location: 1.25B, Courtyard Complex
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Southern Mississippi (1995)
  • Master of Education - University of Southern Mississippi (1990)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Mentor Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Gifted and talented education


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000): Specialist Studies in Education (130300)


education, gifted, giftedness, talent, like-minds, competitions

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 6
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 4
Co-supervisor 2 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Linda Clarke - Doctor of Philosophy
    Practice-Based Coaching to Promote Teaching Practices that Support and Enhance Toddlers’ Social-Emotional Competence in New Zealand Early Childhood Services
  • Sarah Aiono - Doctor of Education
    How Teachers Promote Children's Social and Emotional Competence as they Transition from Early Childhood to Primary School

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Carrie Vander Zwaag - Doctor of Philosophy
    Differentiation in Rural New Zealand Secondary Science
  • 2018 - Wendy Holley-Boen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Practicing Fiercely: Fulfilment through Stance, Supports and Stamina A participatory narrative inquiry of specialist teachers’ practice in Aotearoa
  • 2016 - Makao Bowkett - Doctor of Education
    Towards collaborative pathways of leadership in education for Maori
  • 2009 - Brenda Bicknell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Multiple perspectives on the education of mathematically gifted and talented students

Co-supervisor of:

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