Network Awards -- E. Paul Torrance Award

The purpose of the Creativity Network's E. Paul Torrance Award is to acknowledge and reward significant contributions of individuals and groups whose work facilitates the enhancement and spread of creativity, especially among gifted children, and who are themselves creative thinkers. The award carries the name of the man who probably more than any other individual has promoted the values and behavior the Creativity Network wishes to honor. 

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Bonnie Cramond with any questions.

Submission Deadline 

May 12, 2017.  Download the 2017 submission form.

Selection Guidelines

Who may nominate

  • Any member of the Creativity Network may nominate any individual or group for the award. 
  • The nominator does not have to know the nominee personally, but must secure the permission of the nominee to propose his or her name for the award.

Who may be nominated

  • Any individual or group fitting the criteria may be nominated.
  • The nominee need not be a member of NAGC.
  • A person who has been previously nominated for the award but did not win it may be re-nominated.

Submission Guidelines

  • A brief statement of support expressing the nominee's qualifications for receiving the E. Paul Torrance Award must accompany each nomination (100 words or less)
  • Name of the nominee and the contact address, phone number, and email address
  • Name of the nominator with the ontact address, phone number, and email address

Confirmation of your submission will be sent via email.

Voting Guidelines

Only current members of the NAGC creativity network may vote for the winner of the award.  Individuals will be required to log in with their NAGC membership number in order to vote. Voting begins June 15.

Announcement of the Winner

The winner will be announced at the award presentation at Creativity Night during NAGC's Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC, November 9-12, 2017. In the event that the recipient cannot attend the event, a representative will be selected to receive the award on behalf of the recipient.

2003 Winner Jerry Flack Discusses the History of the Torrance Award

"Back when the Creativity Division was no more than a small formative committee of seven or eight interested NAGC members, that group determined that one of the purpose of a creative study groups within the NAGC membership should be the annual recognition of individuals or organizations that support and enhance creativity and the creative development of youth.  The committee petitioned the NAGC Board of Directors for permission to give the annual award, appropriately named in honor of the person most people in our field acknowledge as the 'Father of Creativity.'  Approval was given to the new Creativity Division, nominations were sought, and the award was bestowed for the first time at the Orlando convention site in 1988."

Past Creativity Network E. Paul Torrance Award Honorees

1988
Dr. June Scobee

1998
Dr. Teresa Amabile

2007
Dr. Jonathan Plucker

1989
Bill Moyers
1999
Dr. Gary Davis
2008
Dr. James Kaufman
1990
Dr. Calvin Taylor
2000
Dr. Mark Runco
2009
Dr. Bonnie Cramond
1991
Future Problem Solving Program
2001
Dr. Ruth Noller
2010
Dr. Dean Keith Simonton
1992
Dr. Sidney Parnes   
2002
Dr. Sally Todd
2011
Joan Franklin Smutny
1993
Odessey of the Mind

2003
Dr. Jerry Flack

2012
Marianne Solomon
1994
Dr. Carol Schlichter
2003
Dr. Joe Renzulli
2013
Barbara Kerr
1995
Dr. Donald Treffinger
2004
Dr. Mary Meeker

2014
Jane Piirto

1996
Judy Galbraith
2005
Dr. Mary Frasier

2015
no recipient

1997
Dr. Alane Starko
2006
Dr. Robert Sternberg
 

 

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