AEA Directory

AEA Directory

Mary Ann Danielson, Ph.D.  
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and Assessment
Brandeis 111

Mary Ann directs the Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment. She provides faculty development programming along with the AEA Associates and Consultants, chairs the University Assessment Committee and the Higher Learning Commission Taskforce, and supports the campus work on Accreditation, Academic Program Reviews, and Service Learning Reporting.

Somchan "Ying" Vuthipadadon, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research
Brandeis 111

Ying oversees the administration, analysis and reporting of various external and internal surveys, and serves as a critical University resource in institutional data extraction, analysis and reporting. She has a doctorate in industrial engineering with a minor in economics and a masters in business administration. Ying has extensive research knowledge and experience, including reporting applications, integration of databases and data structure.

Michele M. King
Program Manager
Brandeis 111

Michele provides support for the programming and decision support provided by AEA. She coordinates the logistical facets of the AEA faculty development programming, and supports the on-going university assessment activities.

Mary Emmer
Senior Program Coordinator
Brandeis 111

Mary coordinates assessment and faculty development programming activities, to include the website, newsletters, data/reports and communications specific to the AEA office.

AEA Associates

AEA Associates work with AEA staff to develop and deliver individual and small group faculty development workshops covering issues related to teaching, learning, and assessment. Associates, who may be faculty or staff, also work with the AEA to facilitate academic year-long workgroups on focused topics of interest to teachers at Creighton. AEA Associates are provided $2,000 for their personal faculty development use in each of their two years in the program. The Associates are competitively selected from applicants across the university. Each year, each AEA Associate will:

  • Provide four one-hour faculty development workshops or two semester-long workgroups (or some combination thereof), and at least one Time-Out for Lunch discussion group.
  • Participate in monthly discussions with other AEA Associates about teaching, learning, and assessment issues.
  • Become part of the Creighton community of teachers and scholars interested in building a culture of assessment and learner-centered teaching at our university.

Amy Mayer, OTD, OTR/L
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Occupational Therapy Department

Amy Mayer, OTD, OTR/L, associate professor of Occupational Therapy has been part of the Creighton community since 1999, first serving as the Manager of Occupational Therapy servcies at Creighton University Medical Center then transitioning to full-time teaching in 2008.  She has been teaching in bother the entry-level and online post-professional Occupational Therapy programs since 2002.  During her time as vice-chair, she served on the Curricular Redesign Task Force, which restructured the Occupational Therapy curriculum iwth a focus on vertical and horizontal mapping.  She is currently the Curriculum Committee chair and Assessment Committee member responsible for assessing the new curriculum.  She has been involved in several projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning with a recent project focusing on verticaly mapping specific skills across three physical rehabilitation courses.  Amy is also the program coordinator for the Creighton Regis Pathway and is completing an assessment project focusing on the implementation and ongoing success of this collaboration.

Brian Kokensparger, Ph.D.
Journalism, Media and Computing

Dr. Kokensparger arrived as a student in 1985, fell in love with Creighton, and never left. In his 25 years of employment at Creighton, he has been a department "secretary" (yes, that's what they called them back then), promotions coordinator, Dean's office advising assistant, acting assistant dean, arrhythmia monitoring system programmer, technology coordinator, academic resource specialist, assessment coordinator, and now is full-time faculty member in the Journalism, Media, and Computing department.  With a Bachelor's degree in English (Creative Writing) and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Creighton University, he is finishing a doctoral degree in Institutional Technology. As an AEA senior fellow, he is specializing in embedded assessment and determined to make the assessment process as painless and transparent as possible.

Lou Jensen, OTD, OTR/L
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Occupational Therapy Department

Dr. Lou Jensen, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, earned a Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2009 and Bachelor of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology from St. Ambrose University in 1997.  Dr. Jensen joined Creighton University in 2006 and has served in several clinical and academic roles.  She currently teaches full-time in the entry-level occupational therapy program to both campus and hybrid students, serves as the Greater Omaha Hybrid Pathway Coordinator, and is the Occupational Therapy Neurology Residency Coordinator.  Dr. Jensen has been an active member of both the Curriculum and Assessment Committees in her department, serving as chair of the Curriculum Committee for five years.  She has been awarded several teaching awards by students and colleagues, including the SPAHP's Faculty Teaching Award.  Current or recent scholarly projects related to teaching and assessment include: student perceptions of the use of simulation; assessment of video discussion as a learning experience to develop students' verbal communication skills; curriculum integration of program courses; student perceptions of a hybrid pathway experience; comparison of graduate outcomes in campus and hybrid pathways; descriptive case study of Ignatian value exposure to first-semester professional students; and best practices in working with adjunct faculty, teaching assistants, and lab assistants.

Naser Alsharif, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D.
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Dr. Alsharif received his Ph.D. from Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) in Toxicology, 1992; M.S. degree in pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), 1988 and Pharm.D. from UNMC, 1987.  He joined CUMC in 1994.  Dr. Alsharif is currently a full Professor of Pharmacy Sciences.  He served as the Associate Director of the Web-Based Pharmacy Pathway (2001-2006).  Dr. Alsharif served on numerous university and school committees including chair of the curriculum committee and the pharmacy assessment committee.  He also chaired the Faculty Dismissal Committee and the Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility.  He also served as Senior Associate in Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment and is serving as a faculty affiliate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Dr. Alsharif was acknowledged by his students in winning outstanding teacher award and by his colleagues in the school of pharmacy and health professions by winning scholarly, teaching and service awards.  Dr. Alsharif was also the recipient of Creighton University John P. Schlegel Diversity Award for Excellence and Innovation (2013) and the Distinguished Education in Teaching as Scholarship (2014).
Dr. Alsharif has been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) since 1995.  He is a winner of the Innovation in Teaching Award Competition, 2000, 2006 and received an honorable mention for the same Award in 2002 and 2004 from AACP.  In 2013, he was elected as chair elect for the Global Pharmacy Education SIG.  He is the originator of the Structurally Based Therapeutic Evaluation concept in teaching Medicinal Chemistry.  He has published several manuscripts and presented nationally and internationally on the use of this concept in the classroom to provide clinical relevance, meeting ability based outcomes, integration of knowledge and interdisciplinary teaching strategies.  Dr. Alsharif is also active on several projects in the area of scholarship of teaching and learning including: innovative methods for curriculum integration, instructional methodology, technology and student learning, distance education and performance and learning parity between campus and distance pathway.