2023 – 2024
Dr. Connie Phelps served on the FPSPI Board of Advisors from 2016-2023, and she has evaluated IC Scenario Performances since 2020. In 2023, she published the “Future Problem Solving” chapter in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible, and she frequently presents and publishes academic research on creative problem solving and creative giftedness at state, national, and international levels. For 19 years, she directed the Gifted, Talented, and Creative P-12 endorsement and MS degree programs at Emporia State University in Kansas where she taught 12 hours of gifted education courses and supervised four practica levels. Her teaching included a Creative Teaching and Learning course with a major project in Creative Problem Solving. In 2019, she received the inaugural Dr. John E. King inaugural endowed professor award for impact and leadership with her students. Her former students serve in leadership positions in gifted organizations at all levels. Prior to her university position, she taught P-12 students with giftedness in the Wichita Public Schools. She serves as Historian on the Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented, and Creative Executive Board; as Program Chair for the National Association for Gifted Children Creativity Network; and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gifted Education and Creativity. She represented the USA as one of 17 committee members from 30 countries selected to develop the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Global Principles for Professional Learning in Gifted Education (2021). During her sabbatical experiences in 2012 and 2019, she researched creative giftedness in nine European countries.