Mary Ann Danielson, Ph.D.
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.
Michele M. King
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.
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:
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.
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 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
Office of Medical Education
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.