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Ronald David Fussell, EdD

Associate Chair, Education Department

Associate Professor

Ronald Fussell

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Catholic School Leadership (Graduate Certificate)
Educational Leadership (Master of Science)
K-12 Educational Leadership through Sports (Graduate Certificate)
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Ronald David Fussell, EdD

Associate Chair, Education Department

Associate Professor

A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Fussell has enjoyed a successful career as an educator and leader in both public and Catholic schools. Prior to joining the Education Department faculty at Creighton, Dr. Fussell was the Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Manchester (NH), where he led innovative efforts to improve diocesan curricula, leadership development, teacher and principal evaluation, and Catholic school identity in service to 26 schools and nearly 6000 Catholic school students in the State of New Hampshire.

Dr. Fussell is a core faculty member in Creighton's innovative educational leadership programs.  He teaches courses for aspiring Catholic school leaders, and he directs the Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership.  Outside of the classroom, Dr. Fussell serves as an executive board member of Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools, and he is the Vice President of the advisory council that oversees the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools.  Dr. Fussell is a volunteer review board member for the Nebraska Foster Care Review Office, and he engages in other service work in the greater Omaha community.

A passionate advocate for Catholic education, Dr. Fussell is honored to have a national voice regarding important topics such as lay Catholic educator faith formation, Catholic school identity, and Catholic school leadership development. Dr. Fussell is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences for Catholic education and he is available for professional development for Catholic schools and dioceses seeking to strengthen Catholic school identity across all aspects of school life.

Research Focus

Catholic School Leadership, Catholic School Mission and Identity, Lay Educator Faith Formation, Teacher Professional Development

Department

Education

Position

Associate Professor

Books

  • National Catholic Educational Association
    , Simonds, T. & Fussell, R. Writing a new story for Catholic schools. National Catholic Educational Association 2021
  • National Catholic Educational Association
    , Engel, M., Brock, B., Simonds, T., Hearn, J., Fussell, R., & Cook, T. Your school's Catholic identity: Name it, claim it, and build on it. Arlington, VA: National Catholic Educational Association 2020

Articles

  • Journal of Catholic Education
    , Fussell, R. Feed My Sheep: A Framework for Lay Educator Faith Formation in Catholic Schools. Journal of Catholic Education (24)1.
    Vol. 24, Issue 1, p. 143-164 2021
  • Journal of Catholic Education
    , Simonds, T. A., Cook, T. J., Engel, M. T., Fussell, R., & Hearn, J. (2021). Preparing pastors to be leaders of parish schools. Journal of Catholic Education. (24)1.
    Vol. 24, Issue 1, p. 125-142 2021
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. Is your professional learning inspired? Connecting professional learning with the light of faith. Momentum, 50(4). 2021
  • International Studies in Catholic Education
    , Cook, T., Fussell, R., Simonds, T. Retention and turnover of Catholic school superintendents. International Studies in Catholic Education 2021
  • Journal of Catholic Education
    , Fussell, R. Gather us in: Building meaningful relationships in Catholic schools amid a COVID-19 context. Journal of Catholic Education (23)2.
    23, p. 149-161 2020
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. Forming Hearts in Times of Crisis: How Catholic School Leaders Cultivate Community when Times are Tough. Momentum, 50(4).
    Vol. 50, Issue 4, p. To Be Determined 2019
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. Heart and Hands: The Importance of Meaningful Service in the Catholic School Community. Momentum, 50(3).
    Vol. 50, Issue 3, p. 30 - 33 2019
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. Prayerful Reflection and Personal Encounter: Essential Elements for Forming the Hearts of Catholic School Educators. Momentum, 50(2).
    Vol. 50, Issue 2, p. 18 - 21 2019
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. Tending Your Flock: The Catholic School Leader's Role in Building a Professional Faith Community. Momentum, 50(1).
    Vol. 50, Issue 1, p. 22-24 2019
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. Sowing seeds of leadership through an aspiring leadership academy. Momentum, 47(3).
    Vol. 47, Issue 3 2016
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. It's not about the technology, it's about the relationships. Momentum, 44(4), 36-38.
    Vol. 44, Issue 4, p. 36 - 38 2013
  • Momentum
    , Fussell, R. Catholic schools serve students by providing a sanctuary in the open heart of Christ. Momentum, 43(2), 44-46.
    Vol. 43, Issue 2, p. 44 - 46 2012

Publications

  • National Catholic Educational Association
    , Fussell, R. Steering the battleship: Change is at the Heart of Catholic school improvement. NCEA Talk [Online Blog] 2017

Presentations

  • Simonds, T., & Fussell, R. (2022). Writing a New Story for Catholic Schools. National Catholic Educational Association [Podcast] 2022
  • Fussell, R., (2022). United in mission, committed to growth: Sustaining mission in the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Columbus. Diocese of Columbus. [Workshop and Retreat] 2021
  • Simonds, T. & Fussell, R. Effective executive leadership in Catholic education. National Catholic Educational Association Catholic Leadership Summit 2021
  • Fussell, R. (2021). The best is yet to come: Revitalizing Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart High School. Los Angeles, CA (Presented online due to COVID-19) 2021
  • Cook, T., & Fussell, R. (2021). Stability in the Catholic School Superintendency. National Catholic Educational Association [Podcast] 2021
  • Fussell, R. (2021). The Power of One: How Heroic Teachers Change Lives. Omaha, NE. 2021
  • Fussell, R. (2021, February 23). Charism as the Face of the Church: Leading Through Relationships. Lasallian Regional Formation Institute. (presented online due to COVID-19) 2021
  • Fussell, R. (2021, February 9). Charism as the Face of the Church: Looking Inward. Lasallian Regional Formation Institute. (presented online due to COVID-19) 2021
  • Cook, T., Fussell, R., Simonds, T., (2020, September). Stories of the Catholic School Superintendency: Things Need To Change. (presented online at the NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit due to COVID -19). 2020
  • Fussell, R. (2020, May). Inspired Design: Teaching Faith in All Content Areas. Omaha, NE (presented online due to COVID-19) 2020
  • Fussell, R. (2020, April). Inspiried Design: Illuminating Catholic School Curriculum with the Light of Faith. NCEA Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD (Accepted) 2020
  • Fussell, R. (2020, February 20). Leading from the Heart: Faith Leadership in Catholic Schools. Intermountain Principals’ Consortium. Salt Lake City, UT 2020
  • Fussell, R., Cook, T., & Hearn, J. (2019, October). Supporting Pastors as Leaders of Catholic Schools. NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit. Newport, RI. 2019
  • Fussell, R. (2019, October 11). United in Mission, Intent on One Purpose [Faculty Retreat].  Malden Catholic High School.  Malden, MA. 2019
  • Fussell, R., (2019, August 14). The Joy of Catholic Education - Sharing Faith to Transform Hearts and Minds [Half-day Faculty Retreat].  St. James/Seton School.  Omaha, NE. 2019
  • Fussell, R. (2019, March 13). Project Based Learning and Differentiated Instruction.  Adelbrook School System. Manchester/Cromwell, CT. 2019
  • Fussell, R. (2018, October 19). Animating our Faith in a Collegial Culture: Cultivating Relationships of Respect and Harmony. St. Stephen the Martyr School.  Omaha, NE (full day retreat). 2018
  • Fussell R., & Cook, T. (2018, October 9). Animating our Faith: Engaging Core Values to Cultivate Catholic School Identity. Mundelein, IL. (full-day educator workshop) 2018
  • Simonds, T. & Fussell, R. (2018, July). A Total Plan to be Known as Catholic: Resource Allocation.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders. Los Angeles, CA 2018
  • Fussell, R. (2018, June) Steering the Battleship: Managing the Change Process in a Catholic School. Iowa Catholic Administrators Conference. Des Moines, IA 2018
  • Cook, T. & Fussell, R. (2018, March) Kindling the Flame: Faith Leadership in Catholic Schools. Presentation for Midwest Province Jesuit Principals. Omaha, NE 2018
  • Fussell, R. (2017, July). Steering the Battleship: Managing the Change Process in a Catholic School.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders.  Boston, MA. 2017
  • Fussell, R. (2016, October 24). Feed My Sheep: A Framework for Lay Educator Faith Formation.  NCEA Catholic School Leadership Summit.  Indianapolis, IA. 2016
  • Fussell, R. (2016, September 14). Feed My Sheep: A Framework for Lay Educator Faith Formation.  Diocese of Manchester.  Manchester, NH (presentation for Catholic school administrators in northern New England) 2016
  • Fussell, R. (2016, July 20). Bridging the Gap Between Lay Educator Formation and Catholic School Identity.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders.  Omaha, NE. 2016
  • Fussell, R. (2016, July 18). Cultivating Emerging Leadership with an Aspiring Leadership Program.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders.  Omaha, NE. 2016

Awards

  • Center for Faculty Excellence Fellow
    Creighton University
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
    Creighton University Graduate School
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
    Creighton University
  • School Administrator of the Year
    New Hampshire Music Educators Association