Don Ambrose is professor of graduate education at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, editor of the Roeper Review, and past chair of the Conceptual Foundations Division of the National Association for Gifted Children. He serves on the editorial boards of most of the major journals in the field of gifted education and for several book series. Don has initiated and led numerous interdisciplinary scholarly projects involving eminent researchers and theorists from gifted education, general education, creative studies, cognitive science, ethical philosophy, psychology, political science, economics, law, history, sociology, and critical thinking.
Most of his scholarship entails theoretical syntheses and philosophical analyses based on a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary search for theories, philosophical perspectives, and research findings that challenge, refine, and expand thinking about the development of creative intelligence. Some of his published and in press books include How Dogmatic Beliefs Harm Creativity and Higher-Level Thinking (Routledge, with Robert J. Sternberg); Confronting Dogmatism in Gifted Education (Routledge, with Robert J. Sternberg and Bharath Sriraman); Expanding Visions of Creative Intelligence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration (Hampton Press); Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds (Springer Science, with Tracy L. Cross); Creative Intelligence: Toward Theoretic Integration (Hampton Press; with LeoNora M. Cohen and Abraham J. Tannenbaum); Imagitronics (Zephyr Press); A Critique of Creativity and Complexity: Deconstructing Clichés (Sense, with Bharath Sriraman and Kathleen Pierce), The Roeper School: A Model for Holistic Development of High Ability (Sense, with Bharath Sriraman & Tracy L. Cross); and The Paradox of Constraints on Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Exploration (Sense, with Catrinel Haught). Projects currently in press and under construction include two edited books addressing the impact of 21st-century globalization on creative intelligence (co-edited with Robert J. Sternberg) and a book of new teaching strategies based on constructs derived from various academic disciplines.
He has done keynote presentations throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Honors include the Creativity Award from the International Center for Innovation in Education; selection to the 2014 Routledge/Taylor & Francis Educational Expert Panel; outstanding book chapter award from the American Creativity Association; the Research Briefs article of the year award from the Research and Evaluation Division of the NAGC; the Iorio Research Prize for outstanding scholarship; and the Frank N. Elliott Award for outstanding university service.