Ronald D. Fussell, EdD

Ronald D. Fussell, EdD

Ronald D. Fussell, EdD

Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Education Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Education


  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • EDL605 - Foundations of Catholic Education
  • EDL607 - School Improvement
  • EDL609 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I
  • EDL610 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II
  • EDL619 - School Culture
  • EDL622 - School Law
  • EDL626 - Strategic Resourcing
  • EDL627 - Strategic and Political Leadership
  • EDL639/640 - School Leadership Internship I
  • EDL643/644 - School Leadership Internship II


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.

Publications and Presentations



  • , Vol. 24, Issue 1, 143-164
  • , Vol. 24, Issue 1, 125-142
  • , 23, 149-161
  • , Vol. 50, Issue 4, To Be Determined
  • , Vol. 50, Issue 3, 30 - 33
  • , Vol. 50, Issue 2, 18 - 21
  • , Vol. 50, Issue 1, 22-24
  • , Vol. 47, Issue 3
  • , Vol. 44, Issue 4, 36 - 38
  • , Vol. 43, Issue 2, 44 - 46



Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

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

Awards and Honors

  • Center for Faculty Excellence Fellow, Creighton University, 2021
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Creighton University Graduate School, 2020
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Creighton University, 2016
  • School Administrator of the Year, New Hampshire Music Educators Association, 2014