F. Richard Olenchak

University of Houston

Dr. F. Richard “Rick” Olenchak currently serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs at the University of Houston but sustains an active research and instructional role addressing gifted and talented populations. His Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, emphasizing Giftedness and Talent Development, was completed at the University of Connecticut. He later completed a post-doctoral internship in psychology at a secure medical facility for adolescents.

Having taught grades 2 through 11, including teaching at a specialized school for gifted students, Dr. Olenchak has served as a K-12 Director of Gifted Education in two school districts, as well as director of two federal grants in gifted education. In addition, he has been a principal at both elementary and middle school levels, a training specialist for a corporation interested in developing executive talent, a research associate at a state department of education, and has operated a private psychological consulting practice focusing on the developmental needs of gifted and talented children.

Speaker Topics:

  • Social and emotional needs and development
  • Differentiation
  • Mentorships
  • Twice exceptional
  • Specific talent development strategies
  • Artistically gifted

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