2019 Torrance Lecture

Creative Thinking: Processes, Strategies, Skills and Errors

The Torrance Center is proud to present their 2019 Torrance Lecturer, Dr. Michael Mumford. In his talk, Dr. Mumford will review the evidence accrued for one model of creative thinking processes. The role of expertise in process execution will be examined along with the specific strategies that give rise to more effective process execution. The key skills contributing to effective execution of these processes will be described along with the errors that act to undermine effective process execution. The implications of these observations for the development and assessment of creative potential will be discussed.  

Dr Michael D. Mumford is the George Lynn Cross Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma where he directs the Center for Applied Social Research. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in 1983 in the fields of industrial and organizational psychology and psychometrics. He has published more then 400 peer reviewed articles (h index 90) in the areas of creativity, leadership, planning, and ethics. Dr Mumford has served as senior editor of The Leadership Quarterly and sits on the editorial boards of the Creativity Research Journal, the Journal of Creative Behavior, the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, and the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving among other publications. Dr. Mumford is a recipient of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's M. Scott Myers award for Applied Research in the Work Place, the Academy of Management's Eminent Leadership Scholar award, and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts' Arnheim award for Distinguished Career Contributions.

This year, the annual Torrance Lecture will act as a kickoff event for the 2019 Innovation in Teaching Conference: https://coe.uga.edu/events/innovation-in-teaching-conference

Following Dr. Mumford's talk, the Center for Teaching and Learning will host the SoTL reception, with light snacks and a cash bar provided from 6-7 p.m. This is a great chance to meet fellow innovators before the official conference start on Friday.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, L&K
1197 S Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30605

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