Dr. Peter C. Bishop, PhD, is the Exec Director of Teach the Future, Inc., having retired as an Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Director of the graduate program in Foresight at the University of Houston in August 2013.
Before establishing Teach the Future, Dr. Bishop specialized in techniques for long term forecasting and planning, and he has published two books on the subject: Thinking about the Future (2007) and Teaching about the Future (2012), both with co-author Andy Hines. He delivered keynote addresses and conducted seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations and now so for the Teach the Futures initiative. He also facilitated groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. Dr. Bishop’s clients included IBM, the NASA Johnson Space Center, the Shell Pipeline Corporation, the Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Texas Department of Transportation,,and the Center for Houston’s Future. Dr. Bishop is a founding board member of the Association of Professional Futurists, and he is President of his own firm, Strategic Foresight and Development, which offers education and training in strategic foresight to the corporate market and which directs funds to Teach the Future.
Dr. Bishop came to the University of Houston in 2005, having taught futures studies at the Clear Lake campus since 1982. Dr. Bishop started teaching at Georgia Southern College in 1973 where he specialized in social problems and political sociology. He received his doctoral degree in sociology from Michigan State University in 1974. Dr. Bishop received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University where he also studied mathematics and physics. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for seven years. Dr. Bishop is married with two children and two grandchildren.