Creativity Workshop for Professors

* July 31 through August 11, 2000 *

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Rolf Faste;
Bernard Roth ;
Douglass Wilde;


This year's workshop is sponsored in part by the
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)

This workshop will bring together experienced professors from leading universities who want to reflect on their academic careers with the intention to be more creative. It will be a hands-on workshop that uses exercises, projects and group process techniques to give the participants new insights into alternative course design and teaching techniques with the goal of fostering creativity and effectiveness both in individuals and groups. Our objective will be for participants to view "professoring" as a dynamic problem solving activity. These experiences will make the participants aware of their untapped potential for creativity in regard to their work and their lives. We will also create an environment in which barriers to successful teaching and professional growth can be directly confronted and used as a source of energy for change.

Preferred participant background: Full-time faculty members at four year colleges and universities. The workshop is suitable for beginners through seasoned veterans.

Workshop size is limited to 26 participants. The tuition is $2,000. Applications with a $100 deposit are required by May 1. The balance of the tuition is due by June 1. Dinner on the first and last evenings are included in the tuition. All other meals, as well as accommodations are not included. Special priced accommodations are available on the Stanford campus.

The Staff
Professors Rolf A. Faste, Bernard Roth and Douglas J. Wilde are all faculty members in the Design Division of Stanford University, and between them have over nine decades of faculty experience. They have taught similar workshops to over 200 professors during the past 12 summers. Prof. Faste directs Stanford's Product Design program which is a joint program between the Mechanical Engineering and Art Departments. His degrees are in Architecture and Mechanical Engineering; Prof. Roth's are in Mechanical Engineering; and Prof. Wilde's in Chemical Engineering. They have earned many individual awards for their research and teaching. These include: Seven Best Paper awards (ASME), the Melville Medal and the Design Automation Award (ASME), an ASME award for innovative teaching, the Lanchaster Prize (Operations Research), Maynard Award (AIIE) and the J. F. Engleberger Award (IFR). More important is their long-standing deep commitment to the psychological, physiological and experiential elements of creativity in education.

To apply, or for additional information, please send e-mail to:  or

Please include your institutional affiliation and job title.

Alternatively, contact:
Ms. Maryellen Rousseau; NCIIA; 100 Venture Way; Hadley, MA 01035

(413) 587-2173; Fax (413) 587-2175

It is expected that all participants will attend every session.
The schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 31
2 PM - 5 PM
6 PM - 8 PM Informal welcome dinner

Tuesday - Friday (Aug. 1-4)
9 AM - noon
2 PM - 5 PM

No sessions on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 5 & 6)

Monday & Tuesday (Aug. 7 & 8)
9 AM - noon
2 PM - 5 PM
Tuesday (Aug. 8)
7 PM - 11 PM (This is an evening project session)

Wednesday & Thursday (Aug. 9 & 10)
9 AM - noon
2 PM - 5 PM
Thursday (Aug. 10) 7 PM - 10 PM Conference Banquet

Friday (Aug. 11)
9 AM - noon

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