Karen L. Westberg, Ph.D.

Special Education and Gifted Education
(651) 962-4985
MOH 333 | Opus Hall

Karen Westberg teaches graduate courses in the Gifted, Creative, and Talented education program and teaches research courses in other School of Education programs.  Before joining the faculty at UST in 2000, she was a principal investigator at The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and a faculty member in gifted education at the University of Connecticut.  Before moving to Connecticut, she as an elementary teacher and a gifted education specialist in the Burnsville/Eagan/Savage school district in Minnesota.  She has been actively involved with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) by serving as Member of the Board of Directors, Finance Secretary, and member of the NAGC Editorial Boards for the Gifted Child Quarterly and Teaching for High Potential.  She enjoys working with local school districts on improving their gifted education services, curriculum practices, and assessment procedures.  When untethered from her computer, she enjoys reading about Minnesota history and U.S. history.


  • Westberg, K. L.  (2012).  Using teacher rating scales in the identification of students for gifted services.  In S. L. Hunsaker, (Ed.)., Identification:  The theory and practice of identifying students for gifted and talented education services (pp. 363-379).  Mansfield Center, CT:  Creative Learning Press, Inc
  • Westberg, K. L.  (2010).  Young creative producers.  Twenty-five years later.  Gifted Education International, 26, 261-270.
  • Renzulli, J. S., Smith, L. H, White, A. J., Callahan, C. M., Hartman, R. K., Westberg, K. L., Gavin, M. K., Reis, S. M., Siegle, D., Systema Reed, R. E.  (2010).  Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students:  Technical and administration manual (3rd ed.).  Mansfield Center, CT:  Creative Learning Press

Awards & Accomplishments

  • MN Friend of the Gifted Award, MN Educators of the Gifted and Talented, 2011
  • Howard M. Soule Fellowship Award in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappa Education Foundation, 1989
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, National Association for Gifted Children, 1989