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
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
Journalism, Media and Computing
Creighton Hall

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


AEA Fellows

AEA Fellows are faculty and professional staff interested in both developing as academic professionals and contributing to a university-wide teaching, learning, or assessment initiative by managing a specific program.  Unlike the AEA Associates, the Fellows apply for a targeted project and commit only for one academic year (Fellowships may be renewed for up to two additional academic years, upon mutual agreement).  Like the Associates, the Fellows are provided $2000 annually for their professional development. 

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the following program:

-   Electronic Learning and Assessment System Project


Christina Murcek
College of Nursing
Criss II

Electronic Learning and Assessment System Project Manager

Christina is the eLearning Director at Creighton University's College of Nursing in Omaha, NE.  She received her B.S. from Creighton University in Elementary Education and MSEd from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Instructional Technology.  She began her career in corporate training at a major healthcare system in 2003 and moved into Instructional Technology in 2008.  She recently collaborated with a group of faculty on a pilot study titled, Evaluation of Embedded Audio feedback on Writing Assignments, in which audio feedback and written feedback were provided to students on written assignments.  The study tried to determine if audio feedback was more useful to students compared to traditional written feedback.  She resides in Omaha, NE with her husband, Richard, and daughters, Beatrix and Scarlett.