Meet the CEE

Dissecting Creativity Panelists.

Mark Runco  has studied creativity and innovation for 35 years. He is Founding Editor of  the Creativity Research Journal and is on the Editorial Board of Creativity and Innovation Management, the Journal of Creative Behavior and various other academic journals. He is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity (1999, 2011) and in 2015 he collaborated with the International Center for Studies in Creativity to introduce two new academic journals, Business Creativity and the Creative Economy and the Journal of Genius and Eminence.

In addition, he is Professor at the University of Georgia, as well as Distinguished Research Fellow at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.

His Ph.D. is in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School. He also earned his MA and his BA from Claremont.

His textbook Creativity: Research, development, and practice (Academic Press, 2010) has been translated into 10 languages and was revised and expanded in 2014. The 3rd edition is under contract with an expect publication in 2018.

Dr. Runco was Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and the Torrance Professor and Director of the Torrance Creativity Center at UGA. He is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10.

He also has extensive experience in industry, including consulting for Disney, Lego, Red Bull, Turner Broadcasting, Destination Imagination, and Crayola. lists well over 200 articles, chapters, and books on creativity and innovation. lists the several dozen tests and assessments authored by Dr. Runco.










Dr. Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings.  He serves as Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.  Starting in fall 2017, he will also be serving as the Director of UCONN's Innovation House.  

Dr. Beghetto is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Creative Behavior and series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education (Springer Books)

Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Dr. Beghetto served as the College of Education's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. He also served as Faculty-in-Residence for Research and Evaluation Projects for UO's Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC). Dr. Beghetto earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University (with an emphasis in Learning, Cognition and Instruction).  

His work highlights how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning, and leadership practices can result in new ways of thinking and acting.  

Dr. Beghetto's newest book Big Wins, Small Steps: How to Lead For and With Creativity is Published by Corwin Press.  His recent books include Creative Contradictions in Education (with Sriramon) published by Springer;  Killing Ideas Softly? The Promise and Perils of Creativity in the Classroom published by Information Age Publishing; Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (with Kaufman & Baer) published by Teachers College Press; and Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom (1st & 2nd Ed) (co-edited with Kaufman) published by Cambridge University Press.  

Dr. Beghetto is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Div. 10, APA).  He is the 2008 recipient of Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Beghetto has also received recognition and numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the University of Oregon 's highest teaching award for early career faculty (2006 Ersted Crystal Apple Award), the 2015 ALD Faculty of the Year Award at the University of Connecticut, and the Provost's Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (University of Connecticut).

He has spoken at TEDx, SXSWedu, and the Destination Imagination Ignite Conference, to name a few. More information can be found at

Yael Katz currently serves as Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at Sheridan College, having also served as Director, Institute for Creativity and Creative Campus at the college for the past two years.  Yael completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of British Columbia, where her research focused on discourse analysis, narrative studies, and representations of madness in literary, clinical and social contexts.  As an advocate of Sheridan’s commitment to creativity and the Creative Campus, she has led curriculum development and engagement initiatives in the areas of creative thinking and creative problem solving, and is interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to creativity as a concept, mode of practice and emerging area of study, research and thought.  She has written, presented and facilitated workshops on creativity and innovation in the context of 21st century postsecondary education.  

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