Dennis Cheek, Dennis@nationalcreativitynetwork.com
Dennis Cheek is co-founder and Executive Director of the National Creativity Network (NCN) working across North America to advance the skillful use of imagination, creativity, and innovation to positively transform commerce, culture, education, and government. NCN efforts include the Sir Ken Robinson Award for Leadership in Creativity and Innovation, NCN Conference, Creative Economy Coalition, National Creative Economy Summit, and the USA Creative Business Cup. Dennis conceived and co-chairs Global Creativity United (GCU), an informal global alliance of eight organizations with an overlapping presence in 160 nations. Cheek conceived the idea of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Creative World. He held prior leadership positions at the Ewing Marion Kauffman and John Templeton foundations, NY and RI state departments of education, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Dennis has advised governments, corporations, nonprofits, foundations, and ultra-high net worth families regarding education, various forms of entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. He co-founded numerous other organizations including the international Campbell Collaboration (Norway), Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (Singapore), and the Times2Academy (a K-12 public charter school in RI). Dennis holds five earned degrees, including a Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction/science education from Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. in theology from Durham University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his work in STEM education. Cheek has authored, edited, or contributed to 800+ publications and multimedia products. He has taught in 14 colleges and universities in nine countries up through the doctoral level, including serving annually as a Visiting Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the M.Sc. in management program at IÉSEG School of Management (Paris and Lille, France) since 2013. He is a former editor of the Journal of Technology Studies and presently sits on the editorial or review boards of the International Journal of Technology and Design Education, Journal of Science Education and Technology, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, and Muse, a magazine on science and the arts for kids from Cricket Media.