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AEA Staff

Mary Ann Danielson, Ph.D.  
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and Assessment
Brandeis 111
402.280.2535

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
402.280.1164

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
402.280.3036

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
402.280.1190

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.

Noam Ebner
Law School
Werner Institute
Associate Professor and Online Program Chair

Noam Ebner is an associate professor at Creighton University's School of Law's Werner Institute, where he chairs the online graduate program in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at. Previously, he has taught and trained in the fields of mediation and negotiation in a dozen countries around the world.  As a practicing attorney and mediator, Noam has provided representation, negotiation, mediation and consultation services across a broad range of industries and contexts. Noam's research interests include negotiation pedagogy, trust and its role in dispute resolution, and negotiation and mediation processes conducted online. He is co-editor (together with James Coben and Christopher Honeyman) of Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves; Vol.3 in The Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Project published by DRI Press.

Kathleen Flecky, OTD
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Occupational Therapy
Associate Professor
Boyne 115A
(402) 280-5630

Kathy Flecky earned an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) from Creighton University in 1999. She enjoyed life in Maine as a full-time faculty member in occupational therapy for six years at Husson University. Kathy joined Creighton's Department of Occupational Therapy as an assistant professor in 2006 and received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2012. She was awarded Educator of the Year in 2008 and 2012 by her students. She was a scholar participant at the National Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Summer Institutes in 2008 and 2009. She was a workshop presenter at the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL/IISSAM) at Creighton University in 2011 and mentor/presenter in 2012 and 2013.  Kathy has published, received external and internal grant funding and presented research and workshops on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in student engagement, faculty student partnerships and service-learning. In 2012, she joined the AEA community as an Associate. Dr. Flecky has interdisciplinary experience teaching students from the fields of occupational therapy, nursing and physical therapy.

Brian Kokensparger
Ph.D.
Journalism, Media and Computing
Creighton Hall
(402) 280-3595

Mr. Brian 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 fellow, he is specializing in embedded assessment and determined to make the assessment process as painless and transparent as possible.