Celeste Rhodes to Speak at National Convention

November 6, 1998

Celeste Rhodes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin University, will present a paper at “Accepting the Challenge: Developing Talent,” the National Association for Gifted Children Annual Convention from November 11 through 15 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rhodes will present “Introversion, Creativity and the Gifted: Strategies for Support” at the Counseling and Guidance Division Pre-Conference Workshop titled, “For Mental Health Professionals: How to Work Productively with Gifted Students.”

She has helped transform the world of education concerning the gifted and talented by helping others to understand that gifted girls often learn and process information in different ways and at different depths than other students.

Starting as the assistant director of PEG in 1985, Rhodes was promoted to the position of associate director in 1986 and director in 1989. PEG is a unique program which offers academically talented women the opportunity to begin their college education up to four year early within a community of their peers.

Rhodes is an accomplished author of papers, articles, chapters, and a book. Her most recent work is entitled “Growth from deficiency creativity to being creativity.” (Chapter in Runco, M.S., & Richard, R. (Eds.), Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity, and Health (pp.247-63). Norwood, NJ; Ablex.)

In 1996, Rhodes was appointed as a member of the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award Advisory Committee. Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) was the first professional woman astronomer in the U.S., the first woman professor of astronomy (Vassar College) and the first woman admitted to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The national award is for individuals or organizations that encourage girls and women to pursue studies or careers in science and technology.

Mary Baldwin University, a four-year independent women’s liberal arts college with studies in 32 majors and 30 minors, was recently named by US News & World Report among the top five regionally-ranked liberal arts colleges in the South for the sixth year in a row. In addition to the PEG program, Mary Baldwin also offers the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (a holistic approach to leadership development); the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs; and the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.