My doctoral studies trained me with a scientist-practitioner model. Hence, I left the University of Georgia (UGA) and joined EMU and then W&M with a deep respect for, and commitment to, the value of remaining an active scholar. Although EMU does not identify itself primarily as a research institution, scholarly activity remained important to me during work at EMU. My research interests have been: (1) Understanding nature of creativity (by comparing with intelligence, achievement, etc.); (2) Understanding characteristics of creatively gifted students (and identifying creative students for gifted programs); (3) Assessing creativity (including validity studies for creativity tests); and (4) Nurturing creativity, particularly concerning environmental and cultural interactions with creativity.
It is my belief that scholarly activities are important to remain current in one’s field (and that they improve my teaching), to contribute to the profession, and to have an impact or influence on the direction or focus of a field. I have sought to remain active in scholarly activities because of this deeply held belief. Further, my scholarly activities tend to relate to my teaching and/or service activities. In fact, my teaching and service activities are intertwined . . . one each one impacts and inspire the other.