Mary Ann Danielson, PhD

Mary Ann Danielson, PhD

Mary Ann Danielson, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Communication Studies


  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Interdisciplinary Leadership

Teaching Activity

  • As a strong advocate for the Scholarhsip of Teaching and Learning, I enjoy working with the Doctor of Business Administration students as they prepare to and student teach (DBA 810 and 812).
  • As an organizational communication scholar with an interest in organizational culture and change, I enjoy teaching the COM 320 Leadership: Theories, Styles and Skills course.
  • I have the privilege of teaching courses in the Interdisciplinary Leadership Program, such as the 801: Leadership Styles and Reflective Practices, among others (depending on the term).


Mary Ann Danielson came to Creighton in 1989 as the Associate Director of Forensics; in the early 1990s, she directed the forensics program and ocmpleted her doctoral studies.  From 1997-2005, she served as the chair of the Department of Communication Studies, and from 2005-2007, she served as the Associate Director for Faculty Development.  From 2007-2018, she served as the Associate Vice President (then Vice Provost) for Acadmeic Excellence and Assessment; in 2017-2018, she also served as the Executive Director of the newly formed Teaching and Learning Center.  Danielson, a Professor of Communication Studies (with a secondary appointment in the Interdisciplinary Leadership Program), has been recognized with Creighton University's College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Awards for service in 1993, for excellence in teaching in 1995, for professional excellence/outstanding service in 2004, and Creighton University's Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship award in 2019.

Danielson's areas of expertise include organizational communication, leadership, training and development, assessment of student learning, and curricular design and pedagogy.  Research intersts extending beyond these topics include employability skills and organizational entry and socialization experiences, particularly of volunteers.  Publications include seven chapters in an edited volume, 16 journal articles, 3 book reviews, a number of grants, and over 70 refereed conference papers. 

As an engaged scholar, Danielson remains professionally active; activities include International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Board Secretary); a team chair, peer evaluator and Assessment Academy mentor for the Highter Learning Commission; and an organizational consultant, workshop leader/facilitator, and keynote speaker for a number of campus, community, regional, and national organizations.  Additionally, Danielson holds leadership postiions with national, regional, and state associateions and across the university.

Publications and Presentations


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Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Research interests range include:
    • organizational socialization of (non-profit) volunteers
    • assessment of student learning
    • faculty development
    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; specifically, helping faculty partner with students to redesign (and improve student learning in) a Creighton course (C3: Collaborative Curricular (re)Construction).  

Current Research Projects

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:
    • helping faculty partner with students to redesign (and improve student learning in) a Creighton course (C3: Collaborative Curricular (re)Construction).  
    • faculty development 'as' SoTL

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2018
  • Sara A. Boatman Excellence in Leadership Award, Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership , 2018
  • Faculty Partner Award, Creighton University's Department of Educational Opportunity Programs, 2015
  • Voluntary Service Award, Nebraska Recreation and Parks Association, 2014
  • College of Arts and Sciences' College Award for Professional Excellence Outstanding Service, Creighton University, 2004
  • 2001-2002 Alumni Achievement Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2002
  • Distinguished Service Award, Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association, 2000
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Creighton University's College of Arts and Sciences, 1995
  • Dean's Award, Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences, 1993