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Department of Career and Technology Education

Grinstead 120
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4452
Dr. Odin Jurkowski, Chair


Rochelle Palma

Rochelle Palma

Assistant Professor
Creative Problem Solving

Office: Grinstead 120
Phone: 660.543.4452


Ed.D., Educational Leadership with concentration in Higher Education Administration, Oral Roberts University (in progress)

Ed.S., Human Services, University of Central Missouri

M.S., Industrial Technology, Indiana State University

B.S., Graphic Arts Technology Management, Indiana State University


Classes Regularly Taught

IGEN 3116: Creative Problem Solving

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Career and Technology Education
  • Coordinator, Creative Problem Solving
  • Visual Presentation Team, Walt Disney Company (Sabbatical)
  • Adjunct Instructor, IVY Tech State College
  • Graphic Artist/Computer Layout and Design, Pearson Education Publishing Company
  • Production Control Analyst, Digital Audio Disc Corp./Sony

Research Areas

  • Corporate Leadership Training Methods
  • Training students to use innovative practices
  • Educational Leadership in Higher Education

Service Learning Activities

  • Spring 2005, Students raised money for the Women’s Survival Abuse Shelter by developing new companies and selling products on campus. Students raised $243.00 for the Shelter.
  • Fall 2003, Students volunteered at Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope. Students assisted children during creativity sessions at the facility. Collaborated activities with colleague, Amy Clements. 
  • Nov.-Dec. 2003, The IGEN 3116 Creative Problem Solving class adopted the children’s playroom at the local Women’s Survival Abuse Shelter. The goal of the project was to remodel the activity room into a safe, imaginative and creative place for the children at the shelter to play, express their feelings through creativity, and escape from the stress occurring in their lives. Collaborated activities with colleague, Amy Clements.

Areas of Expertise

  • Research in innovation and creative problem solving
  • Creative Leadership
  • Desktop Publishing

Professional Memberships

  • American Creativity Association (ACA)
  • Creative Education Foundation (CEF)
  • The National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi (PKP)


  • Quality Matters Program Certified Educator, University of Central Missouri
  • Facilitator of Creative Leadership, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Buffalo, NY
  • Facilitator of Osborn-Parnes Model, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Buffalo, NY


John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”