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Larry Keiser, PhD Drexel University School of Education
Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director for Creativity & Innovation Programs

Larry Keiser, PhD

Education

PhD, Drexel University
MS, Drexel University
BA, Gannon University

Program Affiliation

MS, Creativity & Innovation
Doctoral-level Concentration, Creativity & Innovation
Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates, Creativity & Innovation
Graduate and Undergraduate Minors, Creativity & Innovation
EdD, Educational Leadership and Management
PhD, Education
Philadelphia Teacher Residency Teacher Certification Program

Articles:

  • Reisman, F.K., Keiser, L. & Otti, O. (2016). Development, use and implications of diagnostic creativity assessment app, RDCA – Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment. Creativity Research Journal, 28:2, 177-187, DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2016.1162643. Published online: May 9.

Chapters:

  • Reisman, F.K., Betts, K. & Keiser, L. (2019). Fostering a dynamic Relationship with E. Paul Torrance through creativity & neuroscience: Applications for education and industry. Creativity: Concepts, product, process, environment & technology. Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) Book Series, (F. Reisman, Editor), Greenwich, England.
  • DeCarolis, D., Gold, M. & Keiser, L. (2016). Drexel’s newest schools: Biomedical engineering, science and health Systems; education; public health; law; entrepreneurship; and hospitality and sports management. Chapter in Dilworth, R. and Knowles, S. (Eds.), Building Drexel: The university and its city 1891-2016, pages 314-332.
  • Keiser, L. & Leitch, J. (2013). Creativity as a bridge for synergizing the goals of business and academia. Chapter in Creativity: Concepts, product, process, environment & technology. Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) Book Series, (F. Reisman, Editor), Greenwich, England.
  • Reisman, F., Bach, C., Auth, P., Batastini, S., Clark, S., Gigli, R., Keiser, L., Nessler, C. & Whitelaw, L. (2002). Creativity stems from divergent chaotic crisis (C2). Monograph of the Torrance Lecture Series, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Presentations:

  • 2019 “Fostering a dynamic relationship with E. Paul Torrance through creativity & neuroscience: Applications for education and industry" [co-presenter with F.K. Reisman, and K. Betts]. 2019 International Conference for Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE), September 2, Excelsior Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • 2019 "RDCA applied to those with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia in concert with the emerging fields of creative counseling and mind, brain, and education science," [co presenter with F.K. Reisman, K. Betts, L. Severino & H. Maliko-Abraham]. 2019 RDCA (Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment) SIG (Special Interest Group), a component of the 2019 International Conference for Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE), September 3, Excelsior Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • 2019 “Creativity mindset: An exploration of K-16 educator leaders’ and business leaders understanding and application of creativity to their professions.” Creativity Conference at Southern Oregon University, July 11-14, Southern Oregon University Ashland, Oregon.
  • 2018 “Creativity mindset: An exploration of K-16 educator leaders’ and business leaders understanding and application of creativity to their professions.” 2018 International Conference for Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE), July 15-17, Crystal Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 2017 “The power of creativity applied to folks with: autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia.” Collaborative presentation at the joint 2017 International Conference for American Creativity Association (ACA) and Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) Conference [co-presenter with F.K. Reisman, J. Connell and H. Maliko-Abraham], November 3, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2017 “Creativity and Innovation.” LeBow College of Business’ Leading for Change Fellowship Program, Drexel University. Two-day workshop for Philadelphia Mayor’s Leadership Team [co-presenter with F.K. Reisman, N. Vakharia and H. Maliko-Abraham], August 10-11, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2016 "Creativity's role in enhancing the lives of learners with dyslexia and dyscalculia." Learning Ally’s Spotlight on Dyslexia Online Conference [co-presenter with L. Severino and F.K. Reisman, Drexel University], December 2. Webinar.
  • 2016 "Creativity's role in enhancing the lives of learners with dyslexia and dyscalculia." Cooper Learning Center’s Third Annual Dyslexia Conference: Facets of Dyslexia Conference, (co-presenter with L. Severino and F.K. Reisman, Drexel University), April 16, Stratford, NJ.
  • 2016 "Philadelphia teacher residency (PTR): A blended, stackable, residency program for adult learners," (co-presenter with W. Lynch and S. Ulrich) at 101st Annual UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association) Conference, "The New Imperative for Higher Education: Building Opportunity for Contemporary Learners," April 7-9, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, CA.
  • 2015 "Creativity's role in enhancing the lives of learners with dyslexia and dyscalculia." PA Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Annual Fall Conference [co-presenter with L. Severino and F.K. Reisman, Drexel University], October 9, Delaware Valley Friends School, Paoli, PA.
  • 2015 "Discovering your creativity." Welcome Week interactive presentation (co-presenter with D. Appleton, Drexel University) for incoming Drexel University Freshmen to introduce creativity and innovation, the RDCA (Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment) and activities/strategies to develop creative strength areas during freshman year, September 15 and 17, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2015 "Communication as a creativity assessment in the workplace: Voices from the field." [co-presenter with H. Maliko-Abraham, J. Cahoon, B. McPhail, F.K. Reisman and P. Watson], Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning Assessment, Drexel University, September 9, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2015 “Assessing your creativity.” Virtual introduction to the RDCA SIG [co-presenter with F.K. Reisman, Drexel University] at the 2015 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE), August 11-14, BW Eresin Taxim Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2014 “Assessing your creativity.” Invited Speaker, [co-presenter with F.K. Reisman, Drexel University] at the 2014 International Creativity Collaborative, October 16-18, University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center, Athens, GA.
  • 2014 “Development of a creativity assessment app: RDCA.” 2014 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE), July 22-25, Radisson BLU Daugava Hotel, Riga, Latvia.
  • 2013 “Creativity as a bridge for synergizing the goals of business and academia.” 2013 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE), September 10-13, University of Greenwich Maritime Greenwich Campus, London, UK.
  • 2013 “Teacher computer simulations and Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment (RDCA)” at the Transition to Teaching, Creativity & Innovation and Teaching Conference, April 26 and 27, Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2012 “Creativity awareness for teachers.” Workshop for Universal Audenreid High School Teachers to recognize/utilize the creative strengths of their students as well as recognize their own creative strengths [co-presenter with F. Reisman, Drexel University], Drexel University, June 9, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2011 “Development, use and implications of diagnostic creativity assessment phone app, RDCA: Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment.” (Co-presenter w/ F. Reisman, C. Schmitt and O. Otti), American Creativity Association (ACA) International Conference, April 1, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2010 “Relationship between creativity and academic achievement.” [Co-presenter with F. Reisman, Drexel University], PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools’ Annual Instructional Practices Workshop, “Aligning Standards with Innovation & Creativity,” October 29, Philadelphia, PA. Refereed.
  • 2010 “Best practices for engaging and retaining online students through academic advising.” [Co-presenter with K. Betts, Drexel University], NACADA Mid-Atlantic Region 2 Conference, Tropicana Casio & Resort, April 15, Atlantic City, NJ. Refereed.
  • 2010 “Confirming the reliability of a self-report assessing one’s creativity.” [Co-presenter with B. Litzky, Pennsylvania State University], ACA International Conference, Courtyard Marriott Downtown, March 22, Philadelphia, PA. Refereed.
  • 2004 “A creative problem-solving approach to online academic advising: Applications for Education, corporations and the military.” [Co-presenter with F. Reisman, Drexel University], ACA International Conference, April 2, Houston, TX. Refereed.

  • Exploring Creativity Mindsets and Relationships, e.g., Education Leaders, Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs
  • Creative Leadership, Creating Work Environments Conducive for Creative Employees & Creative Problem Solving
  • Neuroscience of Creativity (Mind, Brain & Education)
  • Aiding Teachers/Educational Leaders to Recognize Creative Strength Areas
  • Creativity and Special Needs Children

  • Drexel University, School of Education
    • Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Director of Creativity & Innovation Programs (Current)
    • Executive Director of Special Projects, Communications & Administration (2008-19)
    • Adjunct Instructor (1990-2019)
    • Director of Records and Finance (2005-08)
    • Assistant Director of Teacher Education (2002-05)
    • Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor (1985-2002)

Larry Keiser, PhD, is the Program Director and Assistant Clinical Professor for the Creativity & Innovation MS degree and Certificate Programs at Drexel University. Dr. Keiser has teamed with other Drexel faculty to be extensively funded (US Department of Education, National Science Foundation, PA Department of Education, private foundations) for promoting creativity and innovation in schools, the workplace and in life. This includes developing and and maintaining partnerships with education organizations, school districts and schools toward designing and implementing national and regional programming that supports alternative teacher preparation pathways for K-12, STEM teachers. Of particular focus is the need of attracting and retaining teachers of color and teachers in high need, STEM subject areas to teach in urban environments – while overcoming the financial and other economic and societal barriers that typically impeded their recruitment. He also designs and implements creativity and innovation workshops and professional development activities toward: school leadership improvement; enhancing pre-service and in-service teachers' mathematics and science pedagogy and content knowledge; and better integrating appropriate technology into the K-16 teaching and learning process. Dr. Keiser's current research areas involve creativity and innovation in individuals and the workplace (K-16 education, corporations and business) with specific focus on how the mindset of education and cororate/business leaders relate to the entrepreneurial mindset.