The Convocation theme: "Creativity: Research, Practice, and Application."
Nationally recognized creativity researcher Mark A. Runco discussed phases of creativity and implications for teaching and developing students' talents. Dr. Runco is Senior Scholar for the University of Georgia’s Gifted and Creative Education Program and Torrance Professor of Creativity Studies and Gifted Education at the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. He has been editor of the Creativity Research Journal for 33 years, and served as President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10.
Renowned advertising, branding, and design leader Will Travis shared insights on creativity as it expands between the realms of design, advertising, and interactive media. Mr. Travis led global agency Dentsu’s North American operation, overseeing full service and media needs of Canon, Toyota, Phillips HDTV, and others, following his years as President of the boutique agency and creative hot shop ATTIK, where he served such clients as Levis, Nike, Kodak, MTV, CNN, Coke, AOL, and Sony.
And Associate Professor Linda Hudson shared Otis’ Foundation and upper division design course, Creative Practices and Responses, its development, learning prompts and outcomes, and metacognitive underpinnings. A consultant on design projects including space planning, lighting, furniture, and fixture design for commercial and residential interiors, Linda has also enjoyed solo exhibitions at U.C. Berkeley's University Art Museum and Santa Monica Museum of Art.
The program concluded with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members.