College of Education

Matthew Edinger, Ph. D.

Instructor, Gifted & Talented Endorsement Program

College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Dr. Matthew Edinger completed his PhD in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with an emphasis in Gifted Education from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

He has eleven years of elementary and secondary classroom experience, two of which were spent in a Center-Based Gifted program.

Dr. Edinger has won numerous grants and awards, and has presented at Virginia Association for the Gifted and National Association for Gifted Children conferences. His research interests include gifted education professional development and teachers’ use of social capital.


Ph.D., Educational Policy & Planning & Leadership: Gifted Education Emphasis
The College of William & Mary - 2008

M.A., Education: Curriculum & Instruction Emphasis
Coppin State College - 2003

B.S., Elementary Education
Shippensburg University - 1997

B.A., English Literature
Dickinson College - 1994


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Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, Department of Teaching & Learning, Virginia State University
    2009 - present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Gifted & Talented Education, University of Richmond
    2008 - 2011
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Special Education, The University of South Florida
    2010 - 2011

Selected Publications

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Edinger, S.K. & Edinger M. (2011).  Collaborating through networks: The role of social capital in student standardized testing performance.  Paper to be presented at the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Sunbelt XXXI Conference - St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Edinger, M. & Edinger S. K. (2010).  The role of social capital in determining classroom teacher effectiveness.  Paper presented at the National Evaluation Institute hosted by the Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE) - Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Edinger, M. (2007).  Gifted Asian middle school student perspectives.  Paper presented at the Virginia Middle School Association Conference - Norfolk, Virginia

  • Edinger, M. & Clarke, J. (2007).  Schoolyard excavation: Archaeology, history, and English in and out of the middle school classroom.  Curriculum unit presented at Chesterfield Integrating Technology Expo - Chester, Virginia

  • Edinger, M. (2005). Southeast Asian students in the gifted classroom. Paper presented at National Association for Gifted Children Conference - Louisville, Kentucky

  • Edinger, M. (2003).  Grants, awards, fellowships, and scholarships: A teacher does have opportunities.  Workshop presented at the Virginia Association for the Gifted Conference - Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Edinger, M., Cooke, D., & Burns, C. (2002).  The novel Holes: Digging across the curriculum.  Curriculum unit presented at Virginia Middle School Association Conference - Norfolk, Virginia

Research in Progress

  • Edinger, M. & Edinger, S.K. The role of social networks in determining elementary teacher effectiveness. Quantitative pilot study data collected and analyzed.  Phase II quantitative data collection/data analysis underway.  Target journal:  American Educational Research Journal

  • Edinger, S. K. & Edinger M. Collaborating through networks: The role of teacher social capital in improving student performance.  Academic essay in writing phase.  Target journalHarvard Educational Review

  • Edinger, M. Empirical response to Unified, insular, firmly policed, or fractured, porous, contested, gifted education? (Ambrose, VanTassel-Baska, Coleman, & Cross, 2010)  Qualitative data collection underway. Target journal: Journal for the Education of the Gifted

  • Edinger, M. Pedagogical exactness of education in film. Study design phase.

Honors and Awards

  • Memorandum of Agreement contract
    $23,250, Appomattox Governor’s School, Petersburg, Virginia for curriculum development and content delivery of three customized gifted education certification courses
  • Teacher of the Year, Perrymont Middle School, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Richmond, Virginia
  • Margot Stern Strom Teaching Award: Facing History and Ourselves
    $100 to purchase classroom materials 
  • R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence 
    $6500 to travel to Poland to participate in an archaeological field school
  • Jiffy Lube/Lite 98/CBS Channel 6 Excellence in Teaching Award
    $1000, based on school principal nominations, one of three teachers selected from Richmond, Virginia.
  • Chesterfield County MCD Award for Initiative and Innovation in Educational Practices 
    $1400, Schoolyard Excavation: Archaeology, History, and English In and Out of the Middle School Classroom
  • Expeditionary Learning School’s Funds for Teachers Program
    $4500 for educational-archaeology travel to Somerset, England
  • Dr. Cynthia E. Henshaw Scholarship
    $255, Community in Schools, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education Scholarship
    $500, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society inductee
    The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Fulbright Memorial Fund 
    Three week teacher educational tour of Tokyo and Toyama, Japan

Volunteer and Service


  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Skills & Professional Dispositions Coordinator & Field Experience and Clinical Practice Committee
    2009 - present
  • Virginia Advisory Committee for the Education of the Gifted
    2010 - present
  • Gifted Advisory Committee, Prince George County Public Schools
    2010 - present


  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Reading Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • National Education Association
  • Virginia Association of the Gifted