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NAGC Creativity Network 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 2012 Marianne Solomon
 1993 Odessey of the Mind  2003 Dr. Jerry Flack & Dr. Joe Renzulli 2013 Barbara Kerr
 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  

Contact Information
Please contact Dr. Bonnie Cramond at with any questions about the information below.

Submission Deadline -- April 30, 2014
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 30, 2014, at 5:00 pm EST.  Please email to nominations   Please include your membership number or name to verify membership.

Confirmation of your submission will be via email.

Selection Guidelines
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 30, 2014.

Submission Guidelines
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, 2014. 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