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Fredricka Reisman
Professor Emerita
Director of Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation

Fredricka Reisman, PhD


PhD, Syracuse University
Post-Doc, Mathematics Education, Syracuse University
MS, Elementary Education, Syracuse University
BA, Liberal Arts, Syracuse University (completed at Barnard)

Program Affiliation

M.S., Creativity and Innovation
  • Reisman, F.K. Creative, Critical Thinking and Logic in Research. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. July - September 2011, Volume 1 | Issue 2, Page Nos. 96 – 175.
  • Apple iTunes/iPhone App: Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment (RDCA). 2010.
  • Reisman, F.K. & Hartz, T.A. (2011). Generating a culture for creativity and innovation. Talent Management Handbook 2nd Edition. Edited by Lance A. Berger & Dorothy R. Berger. NY: McGraw Hill.
  • Genis, V. and Reisman, F. K. (2010). Preparing a successful NSF grant: A case study. Journal of Engineering Technology. ˆSpring. Vol. 27, No.1. pp. 8-16.
  • Reisman, F.K (December 2010). “Creative and Critical Thinking in Biomedical Research” in From Getting Started in Research to Presenting Data in a Scientific Paper (Eds. Y.K. Gupta, M.D., G. Jagadeesh, PhD, Sreekant Murthy, PhD, Amitabh Prakash, M.D.). Wolters Kluwer Health (India), a subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer Health | Adis, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Reisman, F.K. (2008). Working with children with math problems in Handbook for School Psychologists, 4th Edition (Eds. Cecil Reynolds & Terry Gutkin). New York: John Wiley.
  • Reisman, F.K. and Torrance, E.P. (2002). Learning mathematics creatively: Place value. Bensenville, IL: Scholastic Testing Service.
  • Torrance, E.P. and Reisman, F.K. (2000). Learning mathematics creatively: Word problems. Bensenville, IL: Scholastic Testing Service.
  • Torrance, E.P. and Reisman, F.K. (2000). Learning mathematics creatively: Primes, fractions, decimals. Bensenville, IL: Scholastic Testing Service.
  • Learning K-8 mathematics
  • Becoming aware of creative strengths
  • Applying creativity and innovation to learning in educational and corporate settings
  • Applying creativity and innovation to engineering education
  • Drexel University, Goodwin College of Professional Studies (2009-present)
  • Professor, Multidisciplinary and Emerging Programs
  • Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity & Innovation (2003-present)
  • Director
  • Drexel University, Goodwin College of Professional Studies (2009)
  • Interim Associate Dean for Research
  • Drexel University (2008)
  • Assistant Provost for Assessment & Evaluation
  • American Creativity Association (ACA) (2002-present)
  • President, Treasurer, Recipient ACA Champion of Creativity award
  • Drexel University, Goodwin College of Professional Studies, School of Education (1984-2003)
  • Director, Founder, Professor
  • Syracuse University Arithmetic Studies Center
  • First Clinical Teaching Fellow
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD is founder of Drexel’s School of Education and professor in the School of Education (SOE). Additionally, Dr. Reisman served as Assistant Provost for Assessment and Evaluation, Interim Associate Dean for Research of the Goodwin College, is Director of the Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation, and Creator of the SOE Creativity and Innovation programs.

She received her PhD in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, served as Professor and Chair of the Division of Elementary Education at the University of Georgia and as an elementary, middle school, high school mathematics teacher in New York State, and mathematics education instructor at Syracuse University. She has an impressive record of external funding bringing her funding to more than $13,000,000 since 2002.

She is the author of several books including diagnostic teaching, teaching mathematics to children with special needs, elementary education pedagogy, mathematics pedagogy, and application of creativity and innovation to corporate situations. She has co-authored a trilogy of books with world-renowned creativity scholar and researcher, E. Paul Torrance, on teaching mathematics creatively. In addition to a nationally standardized K-3 mathematics test, she developed the Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment (RDCA), a self-report assessment of research-based traits of creative strengths and currently a free Apple app. Dr. Reisman was awarded the national 2002 Champion of Creativity Award by the American Creativity Association (ACA), was appointed to the ACA national Board, served as ACA Treasurer and is ACA President. She was a virtual keynoter at the KIE conference held in Riga, Latvia in July 22-15, 2014 (see, Istanbul, Turkey, and the 2016 KIE conference in Berlin. She is the KIE conference book editor for KIE conferences in London, Latvia, Turkey, Berlin and the 2017 Philadelphia conference. She loves plants and mentoring her students.