A headshot of Ph.D. candidate Jessica Hunter-Larsen.


Ph.D. candidate Jessica Hunter-Larsen is associate director of innovation at Colorado College.

The Creativity Immersion seminar flooded me with intellectual challenges; provocative discussions; and wildly creative experiences that have formed a delicious, transformative tangle in my brain. My ways of thinking are forever changed.


“In an era characterized by increasingly complex challenges, how might higher education adapt to cultivate students’ capacities to confront ambiguity; cross boundaries to generate multiple creative possibilities; and ultimately, to risk choosing curiosity over fear? My research project will examine several pilot initiatives at Colorado College that explore the ways in which creative process pedagogies that support these capacities may be scaled into an undergraduate education. The final dissertation will propose a model of the college campus as an emergent system capable of supporting students’ abilities to synthesize diverse experiences in order to have impact on a changing world, as well as provide tools for faculty to help students develop the creative confidence to confront 21st century problems.”