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.

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.

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 2014-2015 academic year, the following two programs:

-   Assessment Mentoring Program

-   Electronic Learning and Assessment System Project

Kathryn Huggett, Ph.D.

Office of Medical Education

Criss III 


Assessment Mentoring Program Manager

Kathryn N. Huggett, Ph.D., is Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Director of Medical Education Development and Assessment, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin, and also holds a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Huggett joined the Creighton University faculty in 2004.  She directs medical education research activities, promotes faculty scholarship in medical education, directs faculty development to improve educational quality, oversees course and program evaluation, teaches in small groups and lectures, and participates in the management of the curriculum.

Dr. Huggett has worked in medical education since 1992.  She is a former President of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME) and the society's current representative to the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Her most recent publications address academic program quality and curricular innovation.  She is co-editor of An Introduction to Medical Teaching, published by Springer.  


Christina Murcek
College of Nursing
Criss II

Electronic Learning and Assessment System Project Manager

Christina Murcek started her education in downtown Omaha at Central High School, and after a field trip to Creighton University's campus felt at home, spent four wonderful years learning, and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She spent some time substitute teaching, training in the corporate world and eventually found her way back to Creighton and adores working with faculty and students, especially Nursing faculty and students on their eLearning adventures in teaching and learning.  While Christina began her career at Creighton in the College of Nursing Student Affairs Office as a Compliance Officer, she went back to school, graduated with a Master's degree in Instructional Technology, and moved to an Instructional Technology position about 5 years ago.  In the last year, she has taken on the eLearning Director position.  She enjoys learning new technologies, seeing how they intersect with education, and working with faculty to implement technology within their teaching.  Her focus this year with AEA will be utilizing the outcome reporting features available in BlueLine and helping programs connect that information/data to program assessment as direct student outcome measures.