NAGC's E. Paul Torrance Award
The purpose of the 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. Other past recipients of the E. Paul Torrance Award include:
| 1988 Dr. June Scobee
|| 1998 Dr. Teresa Amabile
|| 2008 Dr. James Kaufman
| 1989 Bill Moyers
|| 1999 Dr. Gary Davis
|| 2009 Dr. Bonnie Cramond
| 1990 Dr. Calvin Taylor
|| 2000 Dr. Mark Runco
|| 2010 Dr. Dean Keith Simonton
| 1991 Future Problem Solving Program
|| 2001 Dr. Ruth Noller
|| 2011 Joan Franklin Smutny
| 1992 Dr. Sidney Parnes
|| 2002 Dr. Sally Todd
| 1993 Odessey of the Mind
|| 2003 Dr. Jerry Flack & Dr. Joe Renzulli
| 1994 Dr. Carol Schlichter
|| 2004 Dr. Mary Meeker
| 1995 Dr. Donald Treffinger
|| 2005 Dr. Mary Frasier
| 1996 Judy Galbraith
|| 2006 Dr. Robert Sternberg
| 1997 Dr. Alane Starko
|| 2007 Dr. Jonathan Plucker
Please contact Dr. Bonnie Cramond at email@example.com with any questions about the information below.
Submission Deadline -- April 5, 2013
To nominate someone for this award, you must be a member of NAGC's Creativity Network. All nominations by Creativity Network Members must be emailed by April 5, 2013, at 5:00 pm EST. Please email to nominations firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your membership number or name to verify membership.
Confirmation of your submission will be via email.
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.
- 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), including the name and contact information of the person making the nomination.
- Include the name of the nominee and contact information.
- Nominations must be emailed by April 5, 2013.
Membership in NAGC is not a necessary criterion for consideration of potential recipients of the award. A person who has been previously nominated for the award but did not win the award may be re-nominated.
Voting on Nominees by Network Members
Creativity Network members will vote on the nominees via the annual NAGC election in June, 2013. All members will receive an email announcing when voting is open.
Announcement of the Winner
An announcement of the winner will be made, and a plaque will be presented, at Creativity Night during NAGC's Annual Convention in Indianapolis, IN. 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."
Mission Statement of the Creativity Network
The Creativity Network believes that creativity is a basic and necessary function of healthy and productive individual and that the health and productivity of a society is reflective of the degree of creativity among its citizenry. Therefore, it is the commitment of this Network to initiate, develop and implement practices and materials that will promote the creative potential of all persons. Specifically, the Network will undertake activities that will:
Promote the recognition and acceptance of, and the commitment to, creativity as a critical area of giftedness
Promote research in the area of creativity, as well as creative approaches to research
Provide practical strategies and activities to foster creativity
Increase the public's awareness and acceptance of creative thinking as an essential skill